About the TDBP

The goal of the Technical Design for Building Performance Knowledge Community (TDBP) is to promote architects as leaders in the application of technical design for building performance; in the use of high-performance design criteria, codes, and standards; and in programming, designing and managing building performance. To advance, disseminate, and advocate – to the architecture profession, AIA members, building owners, the construction industry, the academy, and the public – design practices that create buildings that are healthy, energy efficient, and durable.

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Technique: Official eNewsletter of TDBP

Technique is the quarterly newsletter from the AIA’s newest Knowledge Community, Technical Design for Building Performance (TDBP). TDBP will showcase the application of high-performance design criteria, codes, and standards; the commissioning roles required to deliver high performing buildings; and best practices for programming, designing and managing building performance.

Read the current 2014 issue.
Read past issues in the Technique Archives.

Resources

 Whole Building Design Guide

The WBDG is a program of the National Institute of Building Sciences. The goal of whole building design is to create a successful high-performance building by applying an integrated design and team approach to the project during the planning and programming phases.

Building Enclosure Councils

The Building Enclosure Council is a network of affiliated architects, engineers, contractors, manufacturers, and others located in cities across the United States. The BEC provides a forum for the construction industry to address the building enclosures - the exterior systems of buildings that play such a critical role in building performance and energy efficiency. 

Latest Discussions

  • Mr. Eugenio Aburto, AIA

    RE: Concrete Rib Construction Method

    Posted in: Technical Design for Building...

  • Mr. Eugenio Aburto, AIA

    insulation R value

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  • Mr. Premnath Sundharam, AIA

    Net-zero buildings and occupant comfort

    Posted in: Technical Design for Building...

    See link below for an article: A new definition of net-zero buildings: High performance buildings should be net-zero (or capable of net-zero) buildings that maximize occupant comfort and productivity. ...


Announcements

The Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice, 15th Edition Now Available

The Architect's Handbook of Professional Practice is an indispensable resource for anyone practicing architecture. The book covers all aspects of architectural practice, including legal, financial, marketing, management, and administrative issues. The new edition has significantly revised content to reflect the changing nature of the business of architecture related to the impact of integrated practice.

The 15th edition features nearly two-thirds new content and covers all aspects of contemporary practice, including updated material on:

• Small firm practice and project delivery methods such as IPD and architect-led design build

• Career development and licensure for emerging professionals and state-mandated continuing education for established architects

• Business management topics such as organizational development, marketing, finance, and human resources

• Research as an integrated aspect of architectural practice, featuring such topics as evidence-based design and research in a small firm context

Appointment Sought for Governor’s Chair in High Performance Energy Practices in Urban Environments

The Governor’s Chair in High Performance Energy Practices in Urban Environments is a joint appointment between the College of Architecture and Design and the Energy and Environmental Sciences Directorate at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The person who will occupy the Governor’s Chair will lead applied research in energy performance and environmentally responsible design for new and existing buildings and communities. This is a full time appointment with the potential for becoming a tenured faculty position with the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Professional service firms may also submit their qualification for this position with the understanding that a designated leader or principal fulfilling the professional requirements will be supplemented by professional staff.

Latest News

 

Energy Modeling Guide 
Check out "An Architect's Guide to Integrating Energy Modeling in the Design Process.  It addresses a critical need for the profession. 

 

Latest Blogs

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    Conservation

    Technical Design for Building Performance

    “Conservation” is a term most often associated with saving species, forests, reefs, old media and art, and old buildings....

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    Resilience System

    Technical Design for Building Performance

    The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) ( http://www.ipcc.ch/ ) issues their “Climate Change 2014:...

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