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Building Furnishings

Products used inside buildings, such as furniture, ice and vending machines, and water coolers. Products in this category may also apply to the acquisition of construction services.

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    Ice Machines

    Last Updated: 1/16/2014 2:48:23 PM
    Federal Regulations Require Energy Star Energy Star Rated Ice Machines

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    + Air-Cooled
    + Water-Cooled
    Life Cycle Cost Savings

    For most applications, energy-efficient ice machines have the lowest life-cycle cost. For example, FEMP has estimated that an Energy Star-qualified air-cooled ice machine can save a typical federal user $1,275 and a water-cooled machine $640 in utility costs (including both energy and water costs) over the life of the unit. In addition, EPA has estimated that Energy Star-qualified units can avoid between 530 and 2,269 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions each year, depending on the type of unit.

    An efficient product is cost effective when the energy costs saved over the life of the product exceed the additional upfront cost (if any) of the more efficient model. Energy Star considers both upfront costs and lifetime energy cost savings when setting required efficiency levels. Federal purchasers can assume that Energy Star-qualified products are life-cycle cost effective. On its Purchasing & Procurement page, Energy Star offers MS-Excel-based calculators to estimate how much money and energy you can save purchasing ENERGY STAR commercial kitchen equipment.

    Additional Guidance

    Substitutes for ozone-depleting chemicals, as identified under the SNAP program, may be purchased with the product itself or separately.  In either case, federal agencies must procure and substitute safe alternatives for ozone-depleting substances to the maximum extent practicable.

    Contributes to meeting The Guiding Principles for High Performance and Sustainable Buildings
    • * - Federal agencies are required to purchase products as designated or specified under this program.
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    Office Furniture

    Last Updated: 12/17/2013 2:07:09 PM
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    + Cellulose Loose-Fill and Spray-On
    • 75% postconsumer paper
    + Fabric
    • 100% postconsumer polyethylene terephthalate
    + Furniture Structure
    • 75-100% recovered aluminum
    + Particleboard/Fiberboard Component
    • 100% recovered agricultural fiber
    • 80-100% recovered wood or wood composite
    • Schedule 71
    + Plastic Furniture Component
    • 95% recovered high density polyethylene; including 70-75% postconsumer content
    + Remanufactured or Refurbished Furniture
    • 25-75% recovered material; including 25-75% postconsumer content
    Additional Guidance

    For products such as office furniture, the applicable Guiding Principle for High Performance and Sustainable Buildings depends on what characteristics are included in the product.  If it has recycled content it would be GP 5, if it is low-emitting it would be GP 4, if it's both, it would be included in both. "Low emitting" would be any product that has a low emissions or low VOC standard.

    Contributes to meeting The Guiding Principles for High Performance and Sustainable Buildings
    • * - Federal agencies are required to purchase products as designated or specified under this program.
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    Office Recycling Containers

    Last Updated: 7/12/2013 3:11:18 PM
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    + Paperboard
    • 25-50% recovered corrugated paper; including 25-50% postconsumer content
    • 40% postconsumer solid fiber paper boxes
    • 100% recovered industrial paperboard; including 40-80% postconsumer content
    • Schedule 73 SIN 384 2
    • Schedule 51 V SIN 105 001
    • Schedule 51 V SIN 105 002
    + Plastic
    • 20-100% postconsumer plastic
    + Steel
    • 25-30% recovered steel; including 16% postconsumer content
    Contributes to meeting The Guiding Principles for High Performance and Sustainable Buildings
    • * - Federal agencies are required to purchase products as designated or specified under this program.
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    Vending Machines

    Last Updated: 1/16/2014 3:55:23 PM
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    • Schedule 73 SIN 302 36
    • Schedule 73 SIN 302 56
    Life Cycle Cost Savings

    For most applications, energy-efficient vending machines have the lowest life-cycle cost. For example, FEMP has estimated that a typical federal agency purchasing 100 Energy Star-qualified vending machines could save $7,500 in energy costs over the life of the machines, compared to less efficient vending machines. Buying Energy Star "Best Available" machines could save the agency even more: over $10,000.

    An efficient product is cost effective when the utility costs saved over the life of the product exceed the additional upfront cost (if any) of the more efficient model. Federal purchasers may assume that Energy Star-qualified products and products meeting FEMP-designated efficiency requirements are life-cycle cost effective. For more information, visit FEMP's product web page

    Additional Guidance

    The Energy Star standard currently excludes combination vending machines (machines with both cold and non-cold food or beverage sections). Larger refreshment centers that include modular refrigerated vending compartments are not eligible for Energy Star.  Vending machines that offer the option to lower temperatures below 36 degrees also are not eligible for Energy Star.

    Substitutes for ozone-depleting chemicals, as identified under the SNAP program, may be purchased with the product itself or separately.  In either case, federal agencies must procure and substitute safe alternatives for ozone-depleting substances to the maximum extent practicable.

    Contributes to meeting The Guiding Principles for High Performance and Sustainable Buildings
    • * - Federal agencies are required to purchase products as designated or specified under this program.
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    Water Coolers

    Last Updated: 3/12/2014 8:45:28 AM
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    • Schedule 51 V SIN 105 001 - Green Only Requirement
    • Schedule 51 V SIN 105 002 - Green Only Requirement
    • Schedule 51 V SIN 639 002 - Green Only Requirement
    Additional Guidance

    On its Purchasing & Procurement page, Energy Star offers MS-Excel-based calculators to estimate how much money and energy you can save purchasing or leasing ENERGY STAR water coolers.

    The Energy Star v.2 specification will be in effect February 1, 2014.

    Substitutes for ozone-depleting chemicals, as identified under the SNAP program, may be purchased with the product itself or separately.  In either case, federal agencies must procure and substitute safe alternatives for ozone-depleting substances to the maximum extent practicable.

    Contributes to meeting The Guiding Principles for High Performance and Sustainable Buildings
    • * - Federal agencies are required to purchase products as designated or specified under this program.