Preventing corrosion — see the new resources and training in the Whole Building Design Guide

by Brianna Crandall — July 25, 2018 — With support from the US Department of Defense (DoD) Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office, the WBDG Whole Building Design Guide, located online, has published new informational resources, guidance, and an environmental severity classification tool to help facilities experts stay current on best practices in corrosion prevention and mitigation.

The WBDG CPC (Corrosion Prevention and Control) Source material has been customized for facilities planners, designers, builders, and maintainers, while supplementing the portal’s other corrosion-related knowledge, codes, guidelines, criteria, best practices, and training material.

The newly published CPC Source material at includes:

In early fall 2018, the CPC Source will feature a new knowledge page focused on utilities and buried structures, and an up-to-date review of all extant policies and guidance for DoD facilities and infrastructure.

Clay Dean, P.E., a DoD Corrosion Office analyst and WBDG resource co-author, explained:

Knowledge pages are designed to provide just-in-time concise information on high-risk facilities areas for the designer, engineer, and sustainer who may need insights into DoD projects and sustainment.

New corrosion course modules with voice-over narration

Throughout 2018-19, the WBDG CPC Source will be enhanced by eight new training modules, which are introduced in detail on the CPC Source – Training page. Thus far, the DoD Corrosion Office has published courses on Cathodic Protection Basics and Corrosion Prevention and Control of Utilities and Buried Structures.

Anyone who completes these courses will qualify for one (1) professional development hour (PDH) — the accepted professional accreditation for engineers and architects. Before accessing the new WBDG courses, users will be prompted to set up an account on the WBDG portal.

New Corrosivity Estimation Tool

The WBDG also recently published a new corrosion toolbox that contains several tools for evaluating environmental severity and compiling environmental data. These tools comprise the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) Corrosivity Category Estimation Tool (ICCET). The ICCET Tool was developed as part of the DoD Corrosion Office Environmental Severity and Corrosivity study. The ICCET Tool can be used to estimate the local ISO Corrosivity Condition, as well as the Wood Decay Hazard Index; overlay various corrosion data and severity indices using interactive maps; view animated maps of monthly corrosivity; and obtain air pollution and weather data from NOAA and EPA databases.

Facilities professionals can access the ICCET toolbox on the WBDG portal. The ICCET Tool is also housed on the CorrDefense Web site.

WBDG is a program of the National Institute of Building Sciences, which was authorized by Congress in 1974 and serves as an authoritative source of advice for both the private and public sectors with respect to the use of building science and technology.

The DoD Corrosion Policy and Oversight Office develops and recommends policy guidance on corrosion prevention and control (CPC) for the DoD, while also coordinating CPC activities among the armed services and providing guidance for improving corrosion maintenance and training, among other mission-critical activities.