Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA)
The stated purpose of the act is "to move the United States toward greater energy independence and security, to increase the production of clean renewable fuels, to protect consumers, to increase the efficiency of products, buildings, and vehicles, to promote research on and deploy greenhouse gas capture and storage options, and to improve the energy performance of the Federal Government, and for other purposes." Search for excerpts relevant to Federal buildings at DOE or view full text at GPO.gov.
Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005)
Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPAct 1992)
The Energy Policy Act of 1992 established several energy management goals, as well as requirements for water and fleet fuel management. Many of the energy management requirements have been updated in EISA, EPAct 2005 and subsequent Executive Orders, but requirements for low-flow water fixtures and alternative fuel vehicles still apply. View Act on GPO.gov
Executive Order 13990
E.O. 13990, Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science To Tackle the Climate Crisis, was signed on January 20, 2021. View Order
Executive Order 14008
E.O. 14008, Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad, was signed on January 27, 2001. It establishes a government-wide approach to address climate change. View Order
Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings
The Federal Government advances sustainable building principles and practices throughout its portfolio, promulgated through a number of statutory and executive policies which are integrated and utilized by every Federal agency. These sustainable principles and practices have been incorporated into the Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings and Associated Instructions (Guiding Principles), to guide agencies in designing, locating, constructing, maintaining, and operating Federal buildings in a sustainable manner that increases efficiency, optimizes performance, eliminates unnecessary use of resources, ensures the health of occupants, protects the environment, generates cost savings, and mitigates risks to assets in a manner, consistent with Agency and Department missions. View the Guiding Principles. For additional guidance on meeting the Guiding Principles, see SFTool/guidingprinciples, search SFTool or see the Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG).
Energy Efficiency Standard for Federal Buildings
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)
The Federal Acquisition Regulation governs how all government agencies are to make procurements. Specifically, Subchapter D Part 23 dictates how the sustainability aspect of those purchases must be made. FAR - Part 23
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