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An Introduction to Site Design Guidelines

COURSE NO: A02-006
An Introduction to Site Design Guidelines
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course will introduce you to guidelines for site planning for buildings and related infrastructure.  You will learn about guidelines for building location, pedestrian and vehicular circulation, grading, site drainage, erosion control, climaticalogical conditions, utilities, lighting and physical security.  After taking this course you will have a basic overview of site planning that will allow you to move forward and address site design issues on related projects.


This 2 PDH online course is intended for engineers, architects and other design and construction professionals interested to learn the fundamentals of site planning for buildings and related infrastructure. After completion of this course you will be prepared for advanced learning about building siting guidelines for location, circulation, grading, drainage, erosion control, climate, utilities, lighting and security.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Learning how to place facilities on site with the least disruption to the natural environment
  • Understanding how the building location is influenced by building dimensions and footprint, the desired proximity to other facilities, buffer zones, spacing standards, and setbacks
  • Learning about buffer zones for airport clearances, noise abatement, security threats, and storage of hazardous materials
  • Learning about building spacing standards to accommodate functional relationships
  • Learning how to orient buildings to take advantage of passive solar heating and cooling conditions
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, "An Introduction to Site Design Guidelines".

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
An Introduction to Site Design Guidelines (1.46 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of fifteen (15) questions to earn 2 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.


The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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