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National Institute of Building Sciences Becomes USGBC Provider


WASHINGTON – The National Institute of Building Sciences has earned recognition as an Education Provider by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Education Providers are third-party organizations offering green building education and training that has been peer-reviewed and approved by USGBC. The Institute received the status for six courses on its Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG) Web site.

Each of the applicable WBDG courses went through a rigorous review process in which a team of third-party subject matter experts evaluated it based on its content and instructional design quality. The courses offered are:

  • WBDG05 – Daylighting Principles and Strategies for Sustainable Design
  • WBDG06 – Sustainable Roofing Design Considerations and Applications
  • WBDG07 – Defining, Evaluating and Selecting Green Products
  • WBDG09 – High-Performance EIFS for Sustainable Construction
  • WBDG12 – Window and Glazing Design Strategies for Sustainable Design
  • WBDG13 – Strategies for Sustainable Historic Preservation

USGBC approved all six courses as high-quality green building education, the first WBDG courses to gain such acceptance. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) professionals seeking to satisfy their Credentialing Maintenance Program requirements from the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) can earn 1 to 1.5 GBCI continuing education (CE) hours from USGBC for successfully completing each course.

All WBDG courses (currently a total of 13 selections) are free, available online and approved by the American Institute of Architects for CE learning units (LUs).

For more information about WBDG Continuing Education, including a complete list of WBDG course offerings, visit  

About the Institute
The National Institute of Building Sciences, authorized by public law 93-383 in 1974, is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that brings together representatives of government, the professions, industry, labor and consumer interests to identify and resolve building process and facility performance problems. The Institute serves as an authoritative source of advice for both the private and public sectors with respect to the use of building science and technology. Visit for more information.