Executive Order 13693 (Revoked):
Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade
Executive Order 13693 was revoked by Executive Order 13834. Click on language throughout the document to reveal strategies, definitions, and links to the best resources from around the web.Explore Annotated EO 13693
Executive Order 13653 (Revoked):
Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change
Executive Order 13653 was revoked by Executive Order 13783. Click on language throughout the document to reveal strategies, definitions, and links.Explore Annotated EO 13653
Executive Order 13514 (Revoked):
Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance
Executive Order 13514 was replaced by Executive Order 13693. Click on language throughout the document to reveal strategies, definitions, and links.Explore Annotated EO 13514
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 and legislative mandates direct Federal Agencies to achieve specific high performance and sustainable building goals. Agencies can 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.”
Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)
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
Did You Know?
People in the U.S. spend about 90% of their time indoors.
Source: Environmental Protection Agency (1987). The Total Exposure Assessment Methodology (TEAM) Study.
Flexible Workplace Design
Today’s workplaces are often in flux. Organizations change direction or develop new services. People move to new spaces and take on new responsibilities. Teams form and re-form. The spaces themselves are transformed to meet these new needs. These changes are much easier to accommodate, when the workplace design supports flexibility.