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

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Strategies and Trends for Mid-Rise Construction in Wood
Growing demand for mid-rise buildings creates both challenge and opportunity for building professionals as they work to balance value with performance. Wood-frame construction is a cost-effective option for mid-rise structures because it allows high density at relatively low cost, while providing other benefits such as construction speed, structural performance, design versatility, and a sustainable, low-carbon footprint.
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Case Studies

Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum
The $30 million major renovation of The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum preserves and respects the historic character and building envelope of the National Historic Landmark, while modernizing infrastructure with state-of-the-art sustainable and energy-efficient technologies.
Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Continuing Education

Advanced Metering Systems Certificate Series
This Certificate Series provides guidance for turning information from metered data into operational, cost-saving best practices. Course instruction describes opportunities to reduce costs, optimize system performance, and maximize investments using the latest metering standards and analytical methods.

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