Executive Order 13693:
Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade
Click through an annotated Executive Order 13693 to learn more about federal sustainability plans over the next decade. 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:
Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change (Archived)
Executive Order 13653 was revoked by Executive Order 13783.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:
Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance (Archived)
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 13423
Executive Order 13514
Several Executive Orders and legislative mandates direct Federal Agencies to achieve specific High Performance and Sustainable Building (HPSB) goals. Most recently, EO 13693 requires that, where life-cycle cost-effective, new construction and major renovations comply with a set of 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 in response to EO 13693. 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?
EPA studies indicate indoor levels of pollutants may be up to ten times higher than outdoor levels.
Source: Environmental Protection Agency (2008). An Introduction to Indoor Air Quality.
The Workplace Environment as a Catalyst for Social Change
We know workplace design can influence functional behaviors, but can it be a catalyst for social change? Can organizations use the environment to improve the sense of community, increase morale, reduce stress, and develop cross group relationships?