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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.

Latest Discussions

  • Really solid article by David Altenhofen in September Technique on how to approach energy reduction/ sustainability. The first strategies used create diminishing returns for strategies applied later....

  • Looking about DESIGN, I think that the requirements are: Sustainable, net zero, affordability, high performance, I guess resisting natural disasters is also important; especially in areas with wild...

  • Today I received an invitation to have a course about Resilient Design. My surprise was to see that Katrina triggers acceptance that the use of concrete can produce Resilient structures. To me it...

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 2015 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. 

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    Decades ago there was a fairly extensive efforts to help manage solar heat gain and cold weather heat loss through windows...

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    Net Zero energy still seems like a faraway place to many as we grapple with definitions, discover (or rediscover) better...


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