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Sustainability Topics

The first step to a creating a high-performance facility is to learn about the components. Use the sections below to learn how you can reduce energy consumption and water use and improve occupant health in your facility.

  • Energy
  • Water
  • Health
  • Other Topics
  • Federal Requirements
  • Agency Practices
 

Buildings account for approximately 40% of the energy used in the United States. Learn how to reduce your building’s energy consumption. Choose a topic to learn more

Energy & Atmosphere Plug Loads Net Zero Energy HVAC Systems Lighting Systems Submetering Systems Energy Use of Water Systems
 

Reduce your building’s water consumption to protect water resources and realize cost savings. Explore our guidance to get started. Choose a topic to learn more

Water Efficiency Water Systems Planted Roof Systems Restrooms Cleaning Stations Landscaping Services Plumbing Products
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Buildings can enhance occupant health by eliminating risks and creating supportive environments. Discover how to make your building healthier. Choose a topic to learn more

Indoor Environmental Quality IEQ Systems Health Case Study Occupant Comfort Case Study Cleaning Products
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Explore other topics such as materials, site selection, environmental programs, and overall sustainability. Choose a topic to learn more

What is Sustainability? Materials & Resources Sustainable Sites Environmental Programs Child Care Centers
 

Federal facility management is governed by specific requirements. Read overviews of relevant regulations, including Executive Orders and the Guiding Principles. Choose a topic to learn more

Laws Executive Orders Annotated Executive Orders Guiding Principles Regulations
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Federal agencies have discovered many effective practices to make their buildings sustainable. Learn from their policies, tools, and best practices. Choose a topic to learn more

(DoD) Sustainable Product Purchasing Policies & Strategies Tools & Training Best Practices & Case Studies

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