NIBS Launches Redesigned Whole Building Design Guide

The National Institute of Building Sciences has launched its redesigned free web portal, the Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG).

The WBDG contains design, construction and facility management information and criteria required by U.S. military and other federal agencies, along with content on topics of interest to all building professionals.

Following a year-long effort, the WBDG now offers expanded search and browsing capabilities to narrow results; a restructured site menu to improve access to desired information; bookmarking capability for account holders; faster loading and increased performance; a responsive template for viewing on any device; improved readability and graphics; and increased security.
The WBDG design team also replaced the Construction Criteria Base, an electronic information system which has run since 1987, with the newly structured Federal Facility Criteria library. The library reorganizes documents by government agency and document type while expanding the collection with new criteria from additional agencies. With this upgrade, WBDG account holders are able to subscribe to either a specific document or document type to receive email notifications when it gets updated.

A continuing education platform on the WBDG offers students the ability to browse courses by topic and offers a more robust user experience. The WBDG has added new course selections; and students are now able to retake courses every two years.

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