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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...

  • Space Reconfiguration and Renovation Projects

    As needs change over time, tenants often need to convert space or phase the conversion of individual space or rooms to meet these changing needs....

  • 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...

  • Recycling Checklist

    Consider recycling during both initial procurement and final disposal.
  • 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

  • Lighting - Green Tips

    Train personnel in proper maintenance techniques, including cleaning and relamping.

  • 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 - Green Globes for Existing Buildings

    Does the regular mechanical systems maintenance schedule include checks for refrigerant leaks?

  • IEQ - Green Tips

    Create a green cleaning maintenance plan utilizing less-toxic cleaning materials and strategies.

  • IEQ - Green Tips

    Train workplace specialists, maintenance staff, and occupants on the value of maintaining healthy IAQ.

  • IEQ - Green Tips

    Specify environmentally-certified or preferable products for all maintenance supplies.

  • Solid Waste - MRc3

    Purchasing - Facility Maintenance and Renovation

  • Solid Waste - MRp2

    Facility Maintenance and Renovation Policy

  • Solid Waste - MRc5

    Solid Waste Management - Facility Maintenance and Renovation

  • Solid Waste - Pre-requisite 8.1

    Plan for sustainable site maintenance

  • 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...

  • HVAC - System Specific Maintenance

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

  • HVAC - Reporting Mechanism & Maintenance Plan

    Provide an easy to follow and convenient platform for building occupants to report noticeable malfunctions or complaints about the HVAC system to ma...

  • 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...

  • Water - Reporting Mechanism & Maintenance Plan

    Provide an easy to follow and convenient platform for building occupants to report noticeable leaks, malfunctions, or complaints about the water sys...

  • IEQ - Maintenance

    Maintenance personnel are critical in ensuring ongoing indoor environmental performance. Thorough green cleaning and purchasing plans should be easy...

  • Solid Waste - Custodial and Maintenance Personnel

    Custodial and maintenance personnel are responsible for collection of trash, recyclables, and compostable material from designated locations through...

  • 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....

  • Submetering - System Specific Maintenance

    Submetering systems must be installed and maintained properly by trained and motivated O&M staff to achieve the design performance objectives. O...

  • Planted Roof - Green Tips

    Intensive planted roofs can vary in their maintenance needs. A professional planted roof designer should establish the required number of maintenanc...

  • 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...

  • Lighting - Green Tips

    Utilize sub-meters to monitor electricity use and use this data to identify waste and maintenance concerns.

  • Lighting - Green Tips

    Perform periodic maintenance of control systems to ensure optimized performance to avoid unwanted behavior by occupants to bypass the system.

  • HVAC - Green Tips and Strategies

    Perform periodic maintenance of control systems to ensure optimized performance to avoid unwanted behavior by occupants to bypass the system.

  • Water - Green Tips Behavior

    Set up a 'hotline' to report leaks or other wastes of water to facility managers or maintenance personnel.

  • IEQ - Green Globes for Existing Buildings

    Is there a program of regular maintenance and cleaning of the cooling towers that includes monthly inspection for evidence of mold or slime?

  • Planted Roof - Green Tips

    A minimum of three maintenance visits per year is recommended for an extensive planted roof during the establishment period.

  • Planted Roof - Green Tips

    Intensive roofs generally require more frequent and longer maintenance visits than extensive roofs, both during the establishment period and afterwa...

  • Planted Roof - Green Tips

    Maintenance costs will be higher any time a planted roof includes a landscaped design, as workers will also need to spend time maintaining the desig...

  • Solid Waste - Landscape Architect

    The landscape architect is responsible for advising on sustainable landscape design and maintenance, to minimize the amount of waste transported fro...

  • Planted Roof - O&M

    U.S. Tax Court Planted Roof After Establishment U.S. Tax Court Planted Roof Before Establishment The first years of a planted roof’s...

  • IEQ - Facility Manager

    By establishing green cleaning contracts and purchasing agreements that specify environmentally-friendly cleaning and office materials, the facility...

  • 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...

  • IEQ - Green Cleaning Plan

    A successful Green Cleaning Plan limits the exposure of building occupants and maintenance personnel to potentially hazardous chemicals, ensures pro...

  • Planted Roof - Watering

    In many areas of the United States it is possible to design vegetative roofs without irrigation, including much of the Midwest and East. Even in ari...

  • Lighting - Materials

    Choosing lamps and fixtures with long lives not only saves on maintenance costs but reduces waste that might otherwise go to the landfill. LEDs cont...

  • Lighting - Productivity

    Even though energy and maintenance are significant portions of an organization’s operating budget, these tend to be greatly outweighed by the cost o...

  • 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 - Facility Manager

    The facility manager collaborates with the building owner to reduce operating costs and works with the occupant to provide a comfortable space. The ...

  • HVAC - Mechanical Engineer

    The mechanical engineer is responsible for sizing the heating and cooling equipment based on both internal heat loads and heat loss through the buil...

  • 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...

  • HVAC - Green Globes for Existing Buildings

    Green Globes for Existing Buildings encourages the proper maintenance of not only HVAC equipment but also building elements that have an impact on h...

  • Water - Plumbing Engineer

    The plumbing engineer takes on the responsibility of ensuring that water, whether potable or non-potable, provides its intended benefit throughout t...

  • Water - Green Globes for Existing Buildings

    Green Globes for Existing Buildings encourages cognitive implementation and metering of water heating equipment for energy efficiency measures. With...

  • IEQ - Indoor Air Quality

    A primary component of a successful indoor environment quality strategy is air; specifically its composition, odor, temperature, and moisture conten...

  • 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 - Facility Manager

    The Facility Manager, who sometimes serves the building’s Recycling Coordinator, is responsible for procuring solid waste and recycling services and...

  • 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 ...

  • Solid Waste - SITES Rating System

    The Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™) is an interdisciplinary effort by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird...

  • Planted Roof - Owner

    The Owner determines the project scope, provides the budget,  and takes over the project and on-going maintenance at completion. The Owner shou...

  • Planted Roof - Landscape Architect

    The Landscape Architect is responsible for site analysis and can provide the design, layout, plant, and growing medium selection for the planted roo...

  • 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...

  • HVAC - Commissioning

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

  • Lighting - Lighting Designer/Engineer

    The lighting engineer is responsible for ensuring that all lighting regulations are met, interior and exterior spaces are sufficiently and elegantly...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • IEQ - Integrative Design Process

    The integrative design process understands that buildings, their components, and their context are interrelated. Observe this principle by involving...

  • 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...

  • Lighting - Energy Independence and Security Act (2007)

    EISA 2007 established energy management goals and requirements, of which a sustainable lighting strategy is necessary, for federal buildings. It est...

  • 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...

  • IEQ - Integrated Pest Management

    Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an economically and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that utilizes preventative measures, m...

  • Submetering - O&M Impact

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

  • Lighting - Financial

    When employing sustainable lighting strategies, financial benefits can be realized from several sources including energy savings from proper control...

  • HVAC - Financial

    When employing sustainable HVAC strategies, financial benefits can be realized from several sources, including energy savings from proper controls, ...

  • Solid Waste - Integrative Design Process

    The integrative design process understands that buildings, their components, and their context are interrelated. Whole building systems observe this...

  • HVAC - Integrative Design Process

    The integrative design process understands that buildings, their components, and their context are interrelated. Whole-building systems observe this...

  • HVAC - Human Behavior on HVAC

    Human behavior and interaction with the building space plays a critical component in achieving holistic sustainability. Desired gains in energy effi...

  • Water - Landscaping and Irrigation

    Water used for landscaping and irrigation purposes accounts for close to 20% of a facility’s overall consumption and should be limited as much...

  • Planted Roof - Energy Production

    The vegetation on a planted roof removes fine particulates (PM), black carbon, and pollen out of the air, which lends well to incorporating solar pa...

  • 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...

  • Planted Roof - Financial

    Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Planted Roof The decision of whether to install a planted roof should be considered o...

  • 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...

  • Water - System Overview

    Typical Federal Office Building Potable Water UseA typical Federal office building with 200 employees uses about 3,000 gallons of water in one day...

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...