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To stay ahead of major maintenance needs, WBDG identifies four vegetative roof considerations:
To counter this, WBDG suggests including a minimum two-year maintenance and warranty period in any initial construction contract.
The Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG) is a web-based portal providing information on an integrated approach to the design, construction, and operation of buildings.
Sources: Whole Building Design Guide, "WBDG - The Whole Building Design Guide," n.d., http://www.wbdg.org/index.php; OFEE, "The Federal Commitment to Green Building," 2003, http://ofee.gov/sb/fgb_report.asp.
Because they are designed to drain within 24 hours, rain gardens avoid standing water, explains the Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG) website (wbdc.org) of the National Institute of Building Sciences.
According to WBDG, the design and cost of swales is roughly 50 cents per square foot.
The MIDG is part of the National Institute of Building Sciences's Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG).
"Daylighting," an article in the Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG), a program of the National Institute of Building Sciences.
The entire study can be downloaded at no cost from the Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG) website (www.wbdg.org), which is a knowledge-based Web portal designed to provide government and industry practitioners with one-stop access to up-to date information on a wide range of construction criteria, guidance, and technology from an integrated, or "whole building," perspective.
WBDG, http:// www.wbdg.org/pdfs/usace_dg_epact2005.pdf.
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