About 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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Nominations are open for the 2017 TDBP Advisory Group (AG). AG members promote the mission of TDBP by helping to plan group research projects, present knowledge at events, and participating in monthly meetings. Learn more >

Latest Discussions

  • TECHNOLOGY | ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN is a peer-­reviewed international journal dedicated to the advancement of scholarship in the field of building technology, with a particular focus on its...

  • The Architect's Newspaper is producing a conference focusing on facades in NYC April 21st & 22nd. The Symposium features keynotes Odil Decq and Thomas Pfifer. Panels include Emerging Craftsmanship...

  • TDBP members, As promised, I am forwarding an awesome opportunity for those of you keen to get involved in energy codes policy work (via code development). I'm pasting below a message targeted at...


 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. 

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.

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Latest Blogs

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    One-Page abstracts are sought for peer-reviewed papers to be presented at Building Simulation 2017 in San Fancisco, California,...

  • Posted in: Technical Design for Building Performance

    By Joseph Deringer, AIA, LEED-AP | May 2016 Technique What are high performing buildings? ...

  • Posted in: Technical Design for Building Performance

    By Drake A. Wauters, AIA | May 2016 Technique When reading about fearless world famous architects and the building...

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