The publications and resources listed in this section are produced in accordance with the Institute's mission to serve the public interest by promoting a more rational regulatory environment for the building community, by facilitating the introduction of new and innovative technology, and disseminating nationally recognized technical information. The recommendations found in many of these documents are often arrived at through a consensus of broad-based building interests serving on Institute project committees.

Publications and reports for purchase are listed in the following categories:

Asbestos Control & Lead-Based Paint Management

The following documents are available for free download from the WBDG Whole Building Design Guide:

  • Asbestos Abatement & Management in Buildings, Model Guide Specifications, 3rd Edition: This technical guidance document provides authoritative advice and guidance in the design and execution of abatement of asbestos-containing materials (ACM). It serves as a tool for design professionals, contractors, building owners and others maintaining and repairing, enclosing, encapsulating or removing ACM. (1996)

  • Guidance Manual, Asbestos Operations & Maintenance Work Practices, 2nd Edition:
    This technical procedures manual provides detailed guidance to building owners, asbestos program managers, and operations and maintenance (O&M) workers for managing asbestos-containing materials (ACM) in buildings. It presents guidance for a range of common operations and maintenance procedures, which enables owners to efficiently meet applicable regulations and the desired levels of protection in varying building conditions. (1996)
  • Lead-Based Paint Operations & Maintenance Work Practices Manual for Homes and Buildings: This technical procedure manual provides detailed guidance to homeowners, custodial and O&M workers, maintenance supervisors, and building owners for performing work where lead-based paint is, or may be, present. It also provides practical, specific guidance in an important environmental area where laws and regulations are rapidly evolving at the federal, state, and local level. (1995) 
  • Guide Specifications for Reducing Lead-Based Paint Hazards: This technical guidance document provides building owners and their representatives guidance in purchasing services for reducing lead-based paint (LBP) hazards. It addresses LBP inspection, risk assessment, interim controls and abatement of LBP in buildings in the context of a stand-alone project and as part of a larger renovation project. (1996)

Fact Sheets

The Institute has a series of 2-page fact sheets providing more information on each of the organization's councils, projects and programs. All are available as Adobe Acrobat PDFs PDF.

Cover All About the Institute
All About the Institute
Cover of National Council of Governments on Building Codes and Standards Fact Sheet
National Council of Governments on Building Codes and Standards
Cover of buildingSMART alliance Face Sheet
buildingSMART alliance
Cover of Whole Building Design Guide Fact Sheet
Whole Building Design Guide

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Reports & Guidelines

Visit the Institute's Reports & Guidelines page for a number of reports on specific topics. All are available as Adobe Acrobat PDFs PDF.

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