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This section covers and links to systems, methods, databases, calculators, checklists, etc. designed to help Federal officials and their partners achieve their green building goals.

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pdf file type August 11th, 2015

Better Buildings: Cross-Sector Energy-Efficiency Opportunities - K.Taddonio Jul. 2014

An overview of DOE's Better Buildings Program with agency resources such as procurement specifications, rooftop unit retrofits, and green leases. Learn more about the Advanced RTU Campaign or at the Green Lease Leader Program.

pdf file type March 28th, 2016

Commercial Buildings Integration Group Update – H. Carr, Mar. 2016

Holly Carr of DOE’s Building Technologies Office (BTO) previews the Better Buildings Summit (May 9 – 11 in Washington, DC) and BTO’s Smart Energy Analytics (SEA) Campaign. She also notes technology demonstration opportunities available through BTO and the GSA Green Proving Ground program.

pdf file type February 29th, 2016

GSA’s Green Proving Ground Program: Testing Innovative Building Technologies - KPowell updated, May 2015

Describes the Green Proving Ground program, which leverages GSA’s real estate portfolio to evaluate innovative sustainable building technologies. Learn more at the GPG website.

pdf file type January 22nd, 2016

Introduction to ESPC ENABLE - I. Birnbaum, updated Jan. 2016

An introduction to FEMP's new funding program: Energy Savings Performance Contract ENABLE. Ira Birnbaum, the ENABLE Program Manager, explains the streamlined process, timeline, energy conservation measures covered, and latest updates on project awards and the project pipeline. Explore the ESPC ENABLE website for more information.

pdf file type May 24th, 2016

Large Campus & Innovative Change – D. Gore and N. Baker, May 2016

Dan Gore and Nic Baker describe FEMP’s efforts, through the LCIC, to find solutions to an apparent “flat-line” in federal energy intensity (EI) reductions and renewable energy use as a share of total electricity. The LCIC Initiative seeks cost-effective ways to address these challenges, including process changes for both new enterprises and new campuses. In addition to discussing current activities, this presentation lays out a timeline for future initiative engagement, development, and deployment.

pdf file type June 20th, 2016

Net Zero Partnerships - A. Morgan, July 2015

"Net Zero Partnerships: Promoting Sustainability and Resiliency Through Net Zero Technology and Approaches." How the EPA works with other agencies, such as the Army, to advance Net Zero Energy, Water, and Waste initiatives. For more information, visit the EPA Web page, Promoting Sustainability through Net Zero Strategies.

pdf file type August 25th, 2015

Smarter DC Challenge - R. Snyder, July 2015

How federal tenants and federal building owners can implement sustainability measures in a friendly competition that encourages creativity. Competitors earn points by launching volunteer environmental projects, creating agency "green teams," organizing e-waste collection events, etc. To learn more, visit the Smarter DC Challenge Web site.

tools
pdf file type December 21st, 2015

Bird-Friendly Buildings - EKershner, LKordella Mar. 2015

Offers behavioral, immediate low-cost and long-term solutions to prevent bird deaths caused by reflective building windows.

pdf file type August 11th, 2015

Energy Star Portfolio Manager - CHatcher, Mar. 2015

An overview of Portfolio Manager, which assists building managers and owners with evaluating compliance with the Federal High Performance Sustainable Building Guiding Principles. Learn more about additional trainings or read FAQs.

pdf file type November 23rd, 2016

Federal Climate Resiliency Actions & Tools – E. Hotchkiss, November 2016

Eliza Hotchkiss of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) details the results of a climate resiliency pilot project launched by the White House Council on Environmental Quality, in which NREL partnered with the State of Colorado. Initiated in 2014, this pilot was meant to combine state and federal expertise to determine and plan for climate-related vulnerabilities in that region, and to produce models and lessons learned that could be applied to other localities and agencies. As the main output of this effort, NREL infused its stakeholder-driven, participatory process into an interactive tool, the Climate Change Resilience Roadmap, which guides users through a “collaborative approach to multi-jurisdictional planning.”
Test out the Climate Change Resilience Roadmap here: http://www.nrel.gov/tech_deployment/resilience-planning-roadmap/

pdf file type January 22nd, 2016

FEMP Tech Deployment Tools Update - N. Baker, Jan. 2016

DOE Federal Energy Management Program's Nic Baker describes two FEMP online tools: the Technologies and Products Database and the Technology Deployment Case Studies map.

pdf file type March 28th, 2016

FEMP Water Efficiency Tools and Training – K. McMordie Stoughton, S. Bunch, Mar. 2016

DOE’s Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) is creating a number of new U.S. water maps. In this presentation, Kate McMordie Stoughton of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Saralyn Bunch of FEMP first describe an existing map showing rainwater harvesting regulations by state. They then take a look at several in-development maps, including “Rainwater Harvesting Potential for Irrigation” and “Air Handling Condensate Capture Potential.” Finally, they explain FEMP’s Water Project Screening Tool and FEMP’s water management training offerings, from the beginner (“101”) to more advanced (“301”) levels. For the full catalog of training opportunities, visit the FEMP Training website.

pdf file type August 11th, 2015

FEMP’s Federal Customer Services Portal - B.Gustafson, P.Shipp Nov. 2014

FEMP's Technical Assistance Request Portal is a resource providing agencies with renewable energy project technical assistance such as sample timelines, SOW development, fleet management, financing services and a catalog of renewable energy technologies. Learn more at FEMP's Technical Assistance Portal.

pdf file type June 21st, 2016

Green Building Initiative (GBI): Compliance for New Construction/Major Renovation - E.Shaffer, updated Apr. 2015

An overview of GBI's 3rd party assessment program for federal agencies to comply with E.O.s, ISWG building guidance and ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. Visit Green Building Initiative to learn more.

pdf file type September 22nd, 2015

GSA Carbon Footprint Tool - J. Hazelman, Sept. 2015

Jennifer Hazelman of GSA Federal Acquisition Service walks through what the GSA Carbon Footprint Tool (CFT) is, how to register for and use it, and how it can help agencies with E.O. 13693, Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade. To learn more about the CFT, visit the tool's website.

pdf file type August 21st, 2015

Guiding Principles Assessment by GBCI - MGallagher-Rogers, LStanley, Sep. 2013

Describes a building assessment program by Green Business Certification Incorporated (formerly known as the Green Building Certification Institute). More information may be found at Green Business Certification Inc.

pdf file type September 22nd, 2015

Inventory of Federal Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Reductions to Date, and Potential Reductions - C. Tremper, Sept. 2015

Chris Tremper of the DOE Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) details progress and prospects for reducing federal GHG emissions. Points out the FEMP website where agencies can find their GHG emissions data. For more information visit Federal Comprehensive Annual Energy Performance Data.

pdf file type June 20th, 2016

Living Building Challenge and Examples - A.Sturgeon, Nov. 2013

Shows progress on the Living Buildings Challenge, which rates buildings on their actual performance, and looks closely at buildings in Hawaii, New York, Washington, Wyoming and Canada. Visit the Living Building Challenge to learn more.

pdf file type June 21st, 2016

Overview of WaterSense Resources – V. Blette, Mar. 2016

Veronica Blette of EPA WaterSense describes the many resources available to federal facility water managers, from WaterSense and beyond. Among the topics covered are flushometer-valve toilets, commercial and institutional water best management practices, and drought maps. Veronica also lists upcoming joint WaterSense and ENERGY STAR webinars in 2016.

pdf file type March 28th, 2016

Overview: Materials Management and Waste Tracking in Portfolio Manager – K. Hatcher, Mar. 2016

A Materials Management and Waste Tracking component for commercial buildings is being added to Portfolio Manager. Katy Hatcher of EPA ENERGY STAR explains the need for this addition, what it will entail, and its timeline for completion.

pdf file type August 11th, 2015

Renewable Energy Catalog of Services - B. Kovacic May 2013

An overview of FEMP's Renewable Energy Technical Assistance Program to help agencies with many steps of an on-site renewable energy project. Learn more about DOE technical assistance

pdf file type November 23rd, 2016

SFTool Product Search: Creating an "Easy" button for Sustainable Procurement – M. Bloom and P. Shahriari, November 2016

Michael Bloom of GSA’s Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings and Paul Shahriari, founder and CEO of ecomedes, walk viewers through the SFTool Product Search. This platform allows users to browse more than 300,000 products meeting high performance standards. Over 130 product categories are presented on the search tool. In addition, the tool produces both project and product compliance documentation, and allows users to come back later to modify the information as project changes warrant.
To visit the tool: https://sftool.ecomedes.com/

pdf file type August 11th, 2015

SFTool.gov Update - MBloom, May 2015

Learn how different management actions affect a building's sustainability and its occupants through SFTool's Green the Building.

pdf file type June 20th, 2016

Smarter DC Challenge - R. Snyder, July 2015

How federal tenants and federal building owners can implement sustainability measures in a friendly competition that encourages creativity. Competitors earn points by launching volunteer environmental projects, creating agency "green teams," organizing e-waste collection events, etc. To learn more, visit the Smarter DC Challenge Web site.

pdf file type May 24th, 2016

The Smart Location Calculator – R. Kroeger, May 2016

Developed by the GSA Urban Development/Good Neighbor Program, in partnership with the EPA Office of Sustainable Communities, the Smart Location Calculator (SLC) allows users to explore the “location efficiency” of particular addresses and areas for commercial buildings. Among other features, the SLC can estimate vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and the associated greenhouse gas emissions for workers at a given location. Ruth Kroeger of the Urban Development/Good Neighbor Program describes some of the background and modeling behind the tool, demonstrates it, and gives a sense of how GSA is applying the tool to its work.
To try out the tool, visit https://www.slc.gsa.gov/slc/.  The user guide can be downloaded here: https://www.slc.gsa.gov/slc/SLC_UserGuide_12072015.pdf.

pdf file type August 11th, 2015

The Technology Performance Exchange (TPEX) - E.Hotchkiss, D.Studer Jan. 2015

An overview of TPEX - a database that allows manufacturers, evaluators and basic users to search for technologies and evaluate energy and cost savings based on energy performance. Learn more at TPEX or the EERE Funding Opportunity Exchange.

training
pdf file type December 11th, 2015

Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act (FBPTA) and Facilities Management Institute - BGilligan, updated Apr2015

An overview of the Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act. For pathways to professional development, click here for early or transitional employees and here for more advanced employees. More information may be found at the Facilities Management Institute.

pdf file type February 29th, 2016

FEMP Online Training: Practical Problem-Solving in the Field - B.Dyer, updated Apr. 2015

An introduction to FEMP's online, open-access courses for federal energy and facilities managers, state and local officials, and utility and private sector employees. Courses qualify for CEUs, AIA and USGBC credit. Learn more by searching FEMP's training programs or watch a video about IACET/FEMP CEUs.

pdf file type April 5th, 2016

FEMP Water Efficiency Tools and Training – K. McMordie Stoughton, S. Bunch, Mar. 2016

DOE’s Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) is creating a number of new U.S. water maps. In this presentation, Kate McMordie Stoughton of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Saralyn Bunch of FEMP first describe an existing map showing rainwater harvesting regulations by state. They then take a look at several in-development maps, including “Rainwater Harvesting Potential for Irrigation” and “Air Handling Condensate Capture Potential.” Finally, they explain FEMP’s Water Project Screening Tool and FEMP’s water management training offerings, from the beginner (“101”) to more advanced (“301”) levels. For the full catalog of training opportunities, visit the FEMP Training website.

pdf file type June 21st, 2016

Professional Development for Federal Buildings Personnel (FEDSAT) - B. Gilligan, Nov. 2015

Brian Gilligan of GSA's Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings explores tools and resources that can help federal buildings professionals comply with the Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act. The Federal Facilities Skills Assessment Tool (FEDSAT) helps identify and fill basic knowledge and skills gaps; Accelerate FM guides long-term professional development. For more information, visit the Facilities Management Institute.

pdf file type November 2nd, 2016

Training Update: Sustainable Acquisition for Federal Agencies – S. Fardanesh, September 2016

In this presentation, Shab Fardanesh of DOE’s Office of Sustainable Environmental Stewardship (OSES) describes the Sustainable Acquisition e-Training available from OSES and DOE-FEMP, via the Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG). This training offers students guidance on executive order and FAR requirements for sustainable acquisition. It reviews best practices, including sample language for federal contracts.
For more information, visit the OSES website, http://energy.gov/ehss/services/environment/sustainability. Viewers can register at the FEMP Training website.