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Whole Building Design Guide

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Civil Works
Published Feb. 11, 2020

WASHINGTON—Department of Defense (DOD) facilities professionals involved in military planning, design, construction, operations, and maintenance can now access the knowledge pages, training, and tools within the Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG). The guide is a comprehensive Web portal that houses corrosion prevention and control insights (or knowledge), codes, criteria, guidance, and best practices.

The WBDG’s far-reaching reference portal provides government and industry experts with one-stop access to up-to-date information and easily accessible facilities-related guidance, criteria, training, and technology. The DOD Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office, in collaboration with the National Institute of Building Sciences, published new informational content and training modules, as well as a new corrosivity-estimation tool, to help facilities experts stay current on best practices in corrosion prevention and mitigation.

Developers designed the new WBDG content and training for facilities planners, designers, constructors, and maintainers and supplemented the site’s other corrosion-related knowledge, codes, guidelines, criteria, best practices, and training material. J. C. Dean, P.E., and Stephen Geusic, P.E., analysts supporting the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Materiel Readiness, DOD Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office, are developing and coordinating the new content.

New Knowledge Pages

The WBDG Corrosion Prevention and Control (CPC) Source provides information on CPC issues and challenges related to facilities planning, sustainment, restoration and modernization, competencies, acquisition, cost of corrosion, and environmental severity. Focus areas include criteria; technology transitions; Cathodic protection; corrosion science; doors, fencing, paint, and coatings; pavements; petroleum, oil, lubricant storage distribution systems; utilities and buried structures; and waterfront and coastal structures.

Developers designed the knowledge pages to provide a just-in-time focus on critical high sustainment cost




view animated maps of monthly corrosivity; and to obtain air pollution and weather data from National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration and Environmental Protection Agency databases. 

The ICCET Tool was used in the development of the environmental severity classifications used in Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) 1-200-01, DOD Building Code. Environmental severity classification (ESC) defines the general corrosive severity at each DOD location. Facilities professionals can access the complete corrosion toolbox at

The toolbox contains the ICCET, a wood decay hazard index, and both air pollution and weather data.