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  • Materials, Furniture, and Furnishings Replacement

    Daily wear and tear means that materials, furniture and furnishings require periodic replacement.

  • Life Cycle Approach

    Materials and resources all have environmental, social and economic impacts beyond just their "use" phase in a project. Analyzing these environmenta...
  • Energy & Atmosphere

    Buildings and facilities rely on the operation of mechanical systems and electrical systems to maintain a high level of indoor environmenta...

  • Sustainable Sites

    Choosing a building's site and managing that site during construction are important to ensure a project’s sustainability. Environmentally r...

  • Overview

    Individual sustainability projects should support strategic long-term goals. Here you can explore practical approaches to strategic long-term planni...
  • Net Zero Energy

    Net Zero Energy means that a building balances its energy needs with energy produced from renewable, zero-emission sources.  While Net Zero Ene...
  • Tools & Training

    This section covers and links to systems, methods, databases, calculators, checklists, etc. designed to help Federal officials and their partners ac...
  • Energy Management Systems (EnMS)

    Energy Management Systems (EnMS) are a set of business processes that enable facility managers to act on energy usage data and optimize eff...

  • Executive Order 13834: Efficient Federal Operations

    EO 13834 was issued on May 17, 2018.

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Whole Building Systems

  • Submetering - Impact on Emissions

    Energy efficiency projects, resource management strategies, and energy benchmarking all have two things in common. 1. well-executed programs help t...

  • Submetering - Green Tips and Behavior

    Simplify real-time and interval data collected by submeters in an energy metering system that organizes building resource use according to energy an...

  • Solid Waste - Resources

    By instituting an effective building recycling program, recyclable material replaces virgin material through multiple product lives. Recycling avoid...

  • HVAC - Refrigerants

    One major environmental impact directly related to HVAC systems is the release of refrigerants into the atmosphere. A pound of these chemicals, part...

  • Planted Roof - Urban Smog

    Fewer emissions and the cooling of ambient air temperatures reduce the potential for ground-level ozone production. Reduced concentrations of pollut...

  • IEQ - Low-emitting Materials

    Building materials, such as paints, sealants, adhesives, office equipment and furnishings, can emit invisible, odorous, and potentially harmful gass...

  • Submetering - O&M Impact

    Optimizing operations and maintenance (O&M) strategies for building equipment technologies and systems improves operational efficiency, reduces ...

  • Planted Roof - Ocean Acidification and Sea Level Rise

    If all of the ice located at the poles were to melt today, global sea levels would rise by 220 feet. Although this is unlikely to occur soon, scient...

  • Submetering - Lifecycle Cost Analysis

    Submetering systems are distinct among building retrofit investments in that they themselves do not reduce resource consumption. Their role in enabl...

  • IEQ - Ventilation / Filtration

    Ventilation is the process of "changing" or replacing air in any space to remove airborne contaminants such as moisture, odors, emissions from build...

  • Planted Roof - Food Production

    Rooftop gardens and farms have been recognized as a promising form of urban agriculture, and a way to take advantage of a significant amount of flat...

  • Submetering - System Overview

    Cost Savings Submetering itself does not reduce utility costs, but the data can guide management strategies, investment, and operational decision...

  • Submetering - System Impact on Humans

    Submeters offer an exciting look into a building's energy consumption. While submetering systems by themselves have no direct impact on resource use...

  • Lighting - System Overview

    Lighting accounts for nearly 20% of the total electricity costs of commercial buildings in the United States.1 Effective lighting systems invol...

  • Solid Waste - System Overview

    Cost Savings The national average landfill tipping fee was $45 per ton in 2012. Diverting waste from landfills can lower total waste disposal cos...

Materials

  • Vinyl Frame

    Window frames are one component of a window assembly. In naturally ventilated buildings window frames allow the window to be opened to bring in fre...
  • Composite Wood

    Interior doors are often made of a composite wood core covered with a laminate or wood veneer. Doors made with engineered wood are cheaper than sol...
  • Systems Furniture

    Systems furniture is frequently used in open office areas because of its flexibility in being reconfigured and rearranged. It is generally comprised...
  • Task Seating

    Task seating is exceptionally important in open offices because of the amount of time employees spend here. It should hold a third party certificati...