(30) Whole Building Design Guide, "Low Impact Development Technologies," May 16, 2008, http://www.wbdg.org/resources/lidtech.php.
(37) Whole Building Design Guide, "Optimize Site Potential," October 13, 2008, http://www.wbdg.org/design/site_potential.php.
(55) Whole Building Design Guide, "Building Commissioning," October 2, 2008, http://www.wbdg.org/project/buildingcomm.php.
See also the definition in the Whole Building Design Guide (text box on page 24).
(5.) Joseph Smith and Larry Bryant, "Cost Impact of the ISC Security Design Criteria," Whole Building Design Guide (February 8, 2006).
(6.) Nancy Renfroe and Joseph Smith, "Threat/Vulnerability Assessments and Risk Analysis," Whole Building Design Guide (July 7, 2006).
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.
The Whole Building Design Guide
notes that an analysis can simulate a given climate, predict illuminance levels, determine dimming and switching response, and estimate annual savings.
If so, you should abide by some basic operations and maintenance principles, recommends Andy Walker, principal engineer at NREL and author of Solar Water Heating for the National Institute of Buildings Sciences' Whole Building Design Guide
"Greatly oversized equipment operates less efficiently and costs more than properly sized equipment," explains Carl Ian Graham of Steven Winter Associates in High-Performance HVAC, a resource provided by the Whole Building Design Guide. Raffin offers the following advice:
"Recently developed energy-efficient lighting equipment, such as compact fluorescent lamps and 'soft-start' electronic ballasts, can be used to help cut lighting operational costs by 30 to 60 percent while enhancing lighting quality, reducing environmental impacts, and promoting health and worker productivity," says David Nelson of David Nelson 8 Associates in Energy Efficient Lighting, a resource provided by the Whole Building Design Guide.
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.