The USIBD was founded to promote and facilitate:

  • Building Documentation as a distinct industry; establishing standards, guidelines and best practices to foster excellence in the productivity, quality and safety of the documentation process
  • The codification of ethical practices to support and further the growing network of professionals dedicated to Building Documentation
  • Cooperation and the exchange of information among documentation professionals who are responding to growing interest in Building Documentation by owners/operators, service providers, government agencies, and the public
  • The establishment and promotion of "Certified Building Documentation Professional" certification (CBDP)
  • The institution of a core educational resource dedicated to the pioneering technology of the Building Documentation industry
  • Recognition of individuals for outstanding dedication and service to the Building Documentation profession

Code of Ethics

Guide to the Code of Ethics and Personal Conduct

  • The preamble to the USIBD’s Code of Ethics describes the principles upon which the Code of Ethics is based and includes a brief summary of the document. It provides that members of the USIBD are dedicated to the highest standards of professionalism, integrity, and competence. This Code states guidelines for the conduct of members in fulfilling those obligations. The Code is arranged in three tiers of statements: Canons, Ethical Standards, and Rules of Conduct:
  • Canons are broad principles of conduct.
  • Ethical Standards (E.S.) are more specific goals toward which members should aspire in professional performance and behavior.
  • Rules of Conduct are mandatory; violation of a Rule is grounds for disciplinary action by the Institute. Rules of Conduct, in some instances, implement more than one Canon or Ethical Standard.

Commentary, which is meant to clarify or elaborate the intent of the Rule, is provided for some of the Rules of Conduct. The Code applies to the professional activities of all USIBD members regardless of their membership category and is enforced by the USIBD Ethics Council (the "Council").


Our Leadership Team is Comprised of the Board of Directors and our Committee Chairs


Our Staff is here to help you



USIBD is organized around six main committees. Our volunteer staff does an incredible job of tackling even the most complex task. We are always looking for people excited about helping us pursue our goals. Below are the committees that make our organization great.

Budget Committee

The general purpose of the budget committee is provide assistance and guidance to the Executive Committee leading to the development, drafting and review of the USIBD's annual budget. It is also responsible for the overall financial management processes of the organization.

Communications Committee

Communication is critical to the USIBD's ability to serve its membership and the community as a whole. The Communications Committee is pivotal to facilitating the other committees' initiatives.

Standards Committee

The USIBD Standards Committee provides USIBD members with the tools to properly assess and communicate project needs for those procuring and providing building documentation services. Utilizing a holistic view, USIBD has created a comprehensive set of tools that addresses both project and stakeholders’ requirements. The culmination of its efforts are disseminated in the USIBD Manual of Building Documentation. The Manual shall serve as the primary repository of the organization’s Code of Ethics, Best Practices, Standards, Certification Program, Compliance Program and other works of intellectual property.

Education Committee

A critical component of the USIBD mission is education and training. As a newly formed professional organization in a specialized field like building documentation establishing that we are the "go to" venue for education and training would help to attract members and build credibility.

Legal Committee

The USIBD Legal Committee addresses the issues of law, ethics and professional responsibility as they pertain to the building documentation profession.

Technology Committee

The USIBD Technology Committee provides leadership, vision, and research & development as they pertain to technologies within the building documentation industry. It recognizes available tools and forecasts the potential of new technology. This committee shall work closely with the Standards Committee in the development of best practices as they relate to technology.