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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.

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Accessible Design Objective

This design objective pertains to building elements, heights and clearances implemented to address the specific needs of disabled people.

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Healy Family Student Center at Georgetown University was designed to provide access to the natural surroundings

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Managing Enclosure Heat Flows
While the control of moisture is practically a universal requirement for buildings, the importance of the control of heat transfer tends to become more critical as the severity of climate, either hot or cold, increases. Managing heat flows is critical to occupant thermal comfort, energy efficiency, durability, and increasingly, thermal resilience during periods of extended power outages.
 Detail showing thermal breaks for cantilevered reinforced concrete balcony slabs.

Continuing Education

Renewable Energy On-site Project Implementation Process
This eTraining introduces a five-phase process for implementing federal on-site renewable energy projects to meet agency goals.

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