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.
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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.
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
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.
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.
“Conservation” is a term most often associated with saving species, forests, reefs, old media and art, and old buildings....
The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) ( http://www.ipcc.ch/ ) issues their “Climate Change 2014:...