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  • Energy & Atmosphere

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

  • Buildings' Energy Use

    Buildings represent about 76% of electricity use and 40% of U.S. primary energy use, making it essential to reduce energy consumption to reduce cost...
  • 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...
  • Best Practices & Case Studies

    One of the best ways to learn and make the case for green building innovations is to point to others’ experience in implementing these innovat...
  • 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...

  • Sustainability Program Development

    Sustainability Programs incorporate all building stakeholders into the green design process, promoting awareness, goal development, implementatio...

  • Building Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)

    Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) accounts for approximately 44% of commercial building energy use.Source: U.S....
  • Building Plug Loads

    Plug loads can average approximately 30% of electricity use in office settings, much of which can be attributed to parasitic loads (power draw of a ...
  • Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs)

  • Overview

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

    Comfortable workers are more likely to be productive and engaged with their work than those who struggle to work in spaces that create barr...

  • Integrative Design Process

    Integrative thinking looks for synergies among strategies - strategies that enhance one another. It also looks for strategies that, taken together, ...
  • 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...

  • Under 10,000 SF Interiors Gut Rehab Project

    This page provides Sustainable Strategies to consider as a space has or will undergo a major tenant gut rehab for projects under 10,000 SF.

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Environmental Programs

    Environmental programs, both federal and third party, help buyers identify products and services with posit...

  • Using Acquisition Lifecycle Tools

    Guidance on how government tools and resources can be utilized during each phase of the procurement lifecycle.
  • Department of Defense (DoD) Sustainable Product Purchasing

    The Department of Defense (DoD) established a sustainable product purchasing program to enhance and sustain mission readiness through...

  • Policies & Strategies

    This section is devoted to the broad policies and strategies covering the whole government or entire agencies, services or bureaus, which set the co...
  • Biophilic Design

    Learn why nature is so important to us, what we know about the benefits of nature, and how biophilia is being applied in buildings, particularly in ...
  • Executive Order 13834: Efficient Federal Operations

    EO 13834 was issued on May 17, 2018.

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  • IT Equipment

    Office equipment, such as computers and display monitors, can be energy intensive. Many newly manufactured computers and monitors are ENERGY STAR...
  • Decorative / Accent Lighting

    Decorative / accent lighting is designed to illuminate special architectural features or artwork. Decorative / accent lighting fixtures typically u...
  • Reach in Refrigeration

    Refrigerated cooler units can house chilled beverages, salads, and other pre-packaged foods. Units with doors are more efficient than those that ar...
  • Salad Bar

    Open display counters often house salad components, pre-made items, and ingredients for made-to-order items (see also Hot Food Service). Select equ...
  • Soup Station

    Soups are kept at a constant temperature in urns that use electricity to heat coils around a container, or heat water into steam. Make sure units c...
  • Under Counter Refrigeration

    Under-counter refrigeration units should have fully-gasketed doors to fully contain the cold air within, and walls should be adequately insulated. W...
  • Incandescent

    Incandescent lights are becoming obsolete and are no longer produced in the U.S. Although inefficient, they possess a number of other key performanc...
  • Fluorescent (including CFL)

    Fluorescent lights are more efficient and last longer than incandescent lights, but they are becoming obsolete as they are replaced in the market by...
  • LED

    Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights have become the most energy efficient and most lifecycle cost effective lighting option on the market today. The c...
  • Kitchen Appliances

    Kitchen equipment, such as dishwashers, refrigerators, freezers, and water coolers, can be energy and water intensive; its important to seek out ene...
  • Kitchen Exhaust Hoods

    Kitchen exhaust hoods are a large energy consumer in cafeteria spaces. Significant amounts of energy can be conserved by utilizing transfer air – co...
  • Occupancy-Control Device

    Occupancy control can save a great deal of energy as it energizes outlets only when users are present and de-energizes them when the space is vacan...
  • Oven

    Convection ovens are common in food service. Look for equipment that carries the Energy Star label for energy efficiency.