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.

Upcoming Events

  1. BEST Conference Building Enclosure Science & Technology

    Monday, April 13 - Wednesday, April 15, 2015
    Kansas City, Missouri
  2. New Tomorrows for Today’s Buildings: Existing Building Commissioning

    Thursday, April 23, 2015, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Eastern Time (US & Canada))
  3. WE102 Rain Water Penetration Principals: Clarifying Terminology

    Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Eastern Time (US & Canada))
    United States
  4. WE302 Architects Leading the Commissioning Process

    Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM (Eastern Time (US & Canada))

Technique: Official eNewsletter of TDBP

Technique is the semi-annual newsletter from the AIA Knowledge Community, Technical Design for Building Performance (TDBP). TDBP advocates for 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 December 2014 issue.
Read past issues in the Technique Archives.


 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. 

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 Discussions

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    Passive Design Survey

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    Technical Design for Building Performance KC Members, Last year my colleague and I distributed a national survey that aimed to uncover gaps in knowledge and practice around sustainable design techniques...

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    RE: Environmental Scientist or engineer

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    Pamela, On the West Coast, there are several models for building science faculty at universities to provide research, expert opinion and design assistance to architecture firms. These include: ...

  • George M. Blackburn III AIA

    RE: Envelope Commissioning?

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    The scopes of the building envelope commissioning (BECx) work today are quite varied from project to project, building owner to owner, and building type to type. Construction sequencing is effected...


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 Blogs

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    The Power of Informed Design

    Technical Design for Building Performance

    As a 30 year veteran of the architecture profession I see no way around the root fact that design with a capital ‘D’...

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    BEST 4

    Technical Design for Building Performance

    This April 13-15 in Kansas City NIBS is hosting the fourth conference on building enclosure science and best practices...

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