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  • Building Operations and Maintenance Services

    Follow these sustainable strategies as your space renovations are complete and the building and interiors are operated in an environmentally sustai...
  • Sustainable Sites

    Choosing a building's site and managing that site during construction are important to ensure a project's sustainability. Environmentally responsibl...
  • Project Guidance

    For each project there is a selection of issues and questions you should consider before selecting specific materials or products. This will help...

  • Building Systems Upgrades

    This page details Sustainable Strategies to consider as your space undergoes a building system upgrade to improve energy, water use, and occupant co...
  • Life Cycle Perspective (Life Cycle Thinking)

    Life cycle thinking represents a holistic approach to examining the impacts of a product from raw material extraction through production, use, and f...
  • 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...
  • Enhancing Resilience and Reducing Vulnerability to Observed and Expected Changes in Climate

    Adapting to observed and expected changes in climate is a complex, long term process that requires personnel to work together across their organizat...
  • Tools & Training

    This section covers and links to systems, methods, databases, calculators, checklists, etc. designed to help Federal officials and their partners ac...
  • Best Practices & Case Studies

    One of the best ways to learn and make the case for high-performance building innovations is to point to others’ experience in implementing th...
  • Buildings and Health

    The challenge for building design and operations is to identify and eliminate health risks while also providing positive physical, emotional, and...

  • Enhancing Health with Indoor Air

    Four key levers to enhance health and performance by improving indoor air.

Green Products

Building Operations and Maintenance Services

Whole Building Systems

  • Solid Waste - Credit 8.3

    Recycle organic matter generated during site operations and maintenance

  • Lighting - Operations and Maintenance

    The integrative design process doesn’t end when the lighting upgrade is installed. It is important to commission the new lighting technologies and d...

  • Lighting - Operations and Maintenance

    High-efficiency lighting tends to have very long life. Technologies like LEDs, which today have longer payback periods when considering energy alone...

  • HVAC - Operations and Maintenance Costs

    Proper maintenance extends the life of your HVAC equipment and saves energy along the way. Panicked, late night service calls for your suddenly br...

  • Water - Operations and Maintenance

    Maintenance personnel are critical in sustaining a successful water system upgrade into the future. The water components need to be commissioned as ...

  • Water - Operations and Maintenance Costs

    Within the office facility, leaks and corrosion can lead to expensive and time-consuming structural damage as well as an increase in water utility c...

  • Submetering - Facility Managers and Operations and Maintenance Staff

    No matter how sustainable a building may be in design and construction, it can only remain so if it is operated responsibly and maintained properly....

  • Lighting - Green Tips

    Develop an Operations and Maintenance (O&M) manual to serve as the lighting-management policy and a central operating reference for building managem...

  • HVAC - Green Tips and Strategies

    Develop an Operations and Maintenance (O&M) manual to serve as the HVAC-management policy and a central operating reference for building management ...

  • HVAC - System Specific Maintenance

    The Federal Energy Management Program’s guide Operations & Maintenance Best Practices has detailed guidance and checklists on the maintena...

  • Submetering - Green Tips and Strategies

    Ensure that building and system operators have access to training or are already prepared to provide cost-effective meter and invertor maintenance o...

  • IEQ - O&M

    The commercial cleaning industry in the U.S. annually uses 8 billion pounds of chemicals annually.1 These chemicals, as well as operations and maint...

  • Lighting - LEED O+M: Existing Buildings (v4)

    Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design for Operations & Maintenance: Existing Buildings (LEED O+M: EB) addresses lighting systems through...

  • HVAC - LEED O+M: Existing Buildings (v4)

    Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) for Building Operations and Maintenance (O+M) addresses HVAC systems through a number of prereq...

  • IEQ - LEED O+M: Existing Buildings (v4)

    Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) for Building Operations and Maintenance (O+M) dedicates an entire credit section to enhancing t...

  • Solid Waste - LEED O+M: Existing Buildings (v4)

    Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) for Building Operations and Maintenance (O+M) focuses on policies and best practices to manage ...

  • Planted Roof - LEED O+M: Existing Buildings (v4)

    LEED Operations and Maintenance (O+M) for Existing Buildings addresses many of the benefits that planted roofs provide. Planted roofs have a positiv...

  • Submetering - Tenants

    Submeters eliminate utility billing problems associated with arbitrary ratio-based measures (e.g. square footage) that favor high volume users over ...

  • Submetering - Design Professionals

    Data provides important input to the design process. The availability of focused data can help establish direction for designing, building, and main...

  • Submetering - Codes and Standards Developers and Regulators

    Energy usage data for different types of buildings can serve to validate requirements within existing codes and standards, or identify new approache...

  • Submetering - LEED O+M: Existing Buildings (v4)

    LEED Operations and Maintenance (O+M) for Existing Buildings requires building-level water and energy metering. This requirement is intended to help...

  • Water - LEED O+M: Existing Buildings (v4)

    Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) for Building Operations and Maintenance (O+M) dedicates certification credits to reducing the b...

  • IEQ - Occupant Survey

    IEQ occupant surveys are a cost effective and valuable resource for identifying areas of discomfort or dissatisfaction to address during renovation ...

  • HVAC - Commissioning

    The process of ensuring that your building is operating properly starts with commissioning. In general, commissioning is the process of ensuring tha...

  • Submetering - Resources

    Using the data from submetering systems to better manage building operations and maintenance can have a significant impact on a building’s ove...

  • Water - Health

    Leaks in the water system, if left unidentified and untreated, can serve as a catalyst for mold growth within the building space. Prolonged exposure...

  • Submetering - O&M Impact

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

  • Submetering - Integrative Design Process

    The integrative design process understands that buildings, their components, and their use type and surroundings are interrelated. Involving all sta...

  • Submetering - Meter-Related Costs

    Meter costs can be grouped into three main categories: equipment costs, labor costs, and recurring costs. Since submetering systems can vary greatly...

  • Submetering - O&M

    One of the best ways to save energy is to measure and manage it. There are two basic methods for managing resource use: through improved resou...

  • Water - Plumbing Fixtures

    High efficiency plumbing fixtures (toilets, urinals, faucets, and showers) can lead to significant water savings. FEMP BMP #6 gives some guidance on...

Materials

  • Casework / Millwork

    Select casework and millwork that have sustainable attributes such as rapidly renewable, recycled content and sustainably managed forest materia...
  • Wood 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...
  • Plants / Planters

    Interior plants contribute to an aesthetically pleasing environment. There are several different types of indoor plants, all which vary accordi...