Executive Order 13834:
Efficient Federal Operations
EO 13834 was issued on May 17, 2018.Explore Annotated EO 13834
Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPAct 1992)
Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA)
Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005)
Executive Order 13834
Several Executive Orders (E.O.) and legislative mandates direct Federal Agencies to achieve specific high performance and sustainable building goals. According to the E.O. 13834 Implementing Instructions, agencies may do so by following six Guiding Principles:
- 1. Integrated Design Principles
- 2. Optimize Energy Performance
- 3. Protect and Conserve Water
- 4. Enhance Indoor Environmental Quality
- 5. Reduce the Environmental Impact of Materials
- 6. Assess and Consider Climate Change Risks
The Guiding Principles were originally established in 2006 in a Memorandum of Understanding signed by Federal agencies at the White House, updated in 2008 based on recommendations of the Interagency Sustainability Working Group, and updated again in 2016. The latest two documents: Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings and Associated Instructions and Determining Compliance with the Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings. Note that the exact compliance criteria vary between new construction versus major renovation projects. In addition, leases are no longer included in reporting compliance, though “agencies should strive to incorporate as many of the Guiding Principles as possible in lease actions.”
Energy Efficiency Standard for Federal Buildings
10 CFR Part 433 is the energy efficiency standard for federal commercial and multi-family high-rise residential buildings and Part 435 is the standard for low-rise residential buildings. A final rule passed on July 9, 2013 updates the baseline Federal commercial standard to ASHRAE Std 90.1-2010. View Rule
Federal Energy Management and Planning
10 CFR Part 436 establishes the rules and objectives for Federal energy management and planning programs to promote life cycle cost effective investments in building energy systems, building water systems and energy and water conservation measures for Federal buildings. View Rule
Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)
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