Trends of the Trade Nominations Due Feb. 29 for Preservation Texas Awards Preservation Texas’ 2012 Honor Awards program is open to any individual, organization, business, or agency that is involved with historic preservation in Texas. All projects, activities, or individual service must have been completed between January 2009 and December 2011. Nomination forms and information on award categories are posted at preservationtexas.org. Applicants will be notified by May 1, 2012 as to the status of their award nomination. Awards will be based on the quality of the project, its presentation, significance, and uniqueness. The impacts of the nominee’s project on the community will also be considered. The mission of the Whole Building Design Guide is to create successful high-performance buildings through an integrated team approach.
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Free Online Resources for ‘Whole Building Design’ A website maintained by the nonprofit National Institute of Building Sciences offers numerous resources at no charge to advance sustainable design, including online continuing education courses approved by the American Institute of Architects. The mission of the Whole Building Design Guide (www.wbdg.org) is to create successful high-performance buildings through an integrated team approach during a project’s planning and programming phases. Processes for applying such an integrated approach are outlined in the WBDG User’s Guide, which can be downloaded from the site. Other free resources include building type studies and CE courses on subjects such as building commissioning principles and strategies, principles and process for conducting a lifecycle cost analysis, and achieving sustainable site design through low-impact development practices.