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Best Practices & Case Studies

One of the best ways to learn and make the case for green building innovations is to point to others’ experience in implementing these innovations – both their successes and lessons learned. This section focuses on examples of specific practices and projects that agencies have actually employed.

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Resources
government wide
pdf file type January 22nd, 2016

432 Compliant Facility Audits - B. Gustafson, Jan. 2016

Brad Gustafson of DOE Federal Energy Management Program describes how energy auditing is done across the federal government with varying levels of success in complying with Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) Section 432. Given the requirements for remote audits in E.O. 13693 (Section 3(a)(i)(A)), he asks if there is interest in developing a standardized approach to federal energy audits, including remote audits, in order to improve compliance and success.

pdf file type June 20th, 2016

Building Glass and Lighting Impacts and Solutions - L. Kordella and E. Kershner, Mar. 2015

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

pdf file type September 22nd, 2015

Deep Energy Savings Using ESPCs - M. Gartman, M. Jungclaus, and K. Porst, Sept. 2015

Builds on the July 2015 report Deep Energy Retrofits Using Energy Savings Performance Contracts: Success Stories, co-released by the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and GSA. Michael Gartman and Matt Jungclaus of RMI join Kinga Porst of GSA to discuss GSA's National Deep Energy Retrofit program, best practices, keys to success, and case studies. To learn more, visit the RMI webpage, "General Services Administration Pursues Deep Energy Retrofits." And stay tuned for an upcoming, more detailed webinar on this topic from RMI/GSA.

pdf file type March 28th, 2016

Indoor Water Conservation – D. Horn, Mar. 2016

Don Horn of GSA’s Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings introduces viewers to an annotated, interactive PDF guide and quiz for water efficiency measures and lessons learned for indoor water conservation. Viewers are also encouraged to visit the extensive water-related resources at SFTool.gov.

pdf file type September 30th, 2016

Mastering Campus Sustainability Management: Tools for Success – N. Baker, K. Fowler, O. VanGeet, and J. Maestas, September 2016

Led by Nic Baker, DOE-FEMP’s Large Campus Innovative Change (LCIC) Team explores why the federal government could benefit from a shifting its sustainability focus to the site- or campus-level. A FEMP analysis of EISA reporting data, for example, indicates that the top 450 energy-using federal campuses account for roughly 75% of all federal energy use. LCIC team members Kim Fowler of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; Otto VanGeet of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory; and Jesse Maestas of Verus Resource Management provide a wide-ranging overview of this topic. Included in the presentation are best practices for campus-level sustainability, a particular focus on energy management, and an exploration of the financing options available to agencies doing energy projects.
Useful links for further information:
FEMP’s LCIC home page: http://energy.gov/eere/femp/large-campus-innovative-change-initiative.
Resources from LCIC team’s pre-conference workshop at Energy Exchange 2016: http://energy.gov/eere/femp/downloads/mastering-campus-energy-and-water-management-tools-success-presentations-and.
United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Global District Energy in Cities Initiative: http://www.districtenergyinitiative.org/

pdf file type April 5th, 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.

agency specific
pdf file type August 11th, 2015

Army Net Zero Initiative - K.Kingery Jul 2014

An overview of the Army's net zero pilot program and installations. Learn more about the Army's net zero program and read the Army's 2012 Sustainability Report.

pdf file type November 17th, 2015

Greening a Leased Office - L. Dawson, Nov. 2015

Liz Dawson of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service describes how her team worked with GSA and the building owner to implement a number of energy and water conservation measures at the FWS Northeast Regional Office Building in Hadley, MA. This retrofit earned the Hadley FWS team a 2015 Federal Energy and Water Management Award

pdf file type June 20th, 2016

GSA Advanced Metering - ION EEM Status FY2015 - B. Wright, Jan. 2016

GSA Public Building Service's Brian Wright describes how remote energy audits from First Fuel Analytics help GSA reduce its energy consumption.

pdf file type August 11th, 2015

GSA’s Total Workplace Program - C.Hardy Jan 2015

GSA's office makeover to reduce energy, space, and rent while increasing workplace collaboration. Learn more at GSA's Total Workplace.

pdf file type August 11th, 2015

GSA's Sustainable Buildings Study Using Whole-System Thinking - JParisi, Nov. 2012

A detailed study of building operational costs, including externalities, and what measures can reduce those costs.

pdf file type March 11th, 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 June 20th, 2016

Reclamation's Commissioning Initiative – Results and Best Practices - K. Whitford & P. Dawson - Nov. 2015

Kerry Whitford and Patrick Dawson of the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, present agency-wide training on Reclamation's Commissioning Initiative. Includes case studies of the Carl Hayden Visitor Center in Page, AZ; and the Folsom Civil Maintenance Facility in Folsom, CA.

pdf file type August 11th, 2015

USDA: Sustainable Buildings – CBroad, Sep. 2013

A look at how USDA is incorporating sustainability into their buildings.

building specific
pdf file type February 29th, 2016

Better Buildings Federal Award 2012 Winner: Reclamation's Desalination Facility - RShaw, SHolland, updated May 2015

The Better Buildings Federal Award (BBFA) is awarded to the federal building that achieves the greatest percentage of energy intensity savings for a given year. The 2012 winner was the Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility. This presentation looks at how the Bureau of Reclamation achieved an impressive 53.6% reduction in building energy intensity over its September 2011 baseline for this facility. Read more about DOE's Better Buildings Federal Award program.

pdf file type August 11th, 2015

Data Center Efficiency: Partnering with DOE - S.Keppler, updated Mar. 2015

An overview of DOE's Better Buildings Challenge to increase energy efficiency of data centers. Learn more at the Data Center Challenge Website.

pdf file type August 11th, 2015

GSA and Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI): Deep Energy Retrofits - C.Carmichael, V.Olgyay Mar. 2014

An introduction to RMI and their energy efficiency work, looking at deep energy retrofits achieving at least 50% energy savings. Learn more about the Rocky Mountain Institute.

pdf file type August 11th, 2015

GSA's Demonstration Project: EPA Denver Headquarters - J.Heerwagen Jul 2013

A close look at a high performance green building, concentrating on the building/occupant interface.

pdf file type August 11th, 2015

High-Performance Building Design and Case Studies - RCheng, updated Apr. 2015

A comprehensive look at high performance building design and project delivery including three case studies: the Wayne Aspinall Federal Building & Courthouse, the Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building and the Federal Center South Building.

pdf file type August 11th, 2015

NASA Ames Sustainability Base - SDianati, Nov. 2012

A close look at NASA's Sustainability Base building, a 50,000 sq. ft. high performance office building. Visit NASA's Sustainability Base webpage to learn more.

pdf file type June 20th, 2016

Reclamation's Commissioning Initiative – Results and Best Practices - K. Whitford & P. Dawson - Nov. 2015

Kerry Whitford and Patrick Dawson of the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, present agency-wide training on Reclamation's Commissioning Initiative. Includes case studies of the Carl Hayden Visitor Center in Page, AZ; and the Folsom Civil Maintenance Facility in Folsom, CA.

pdf file type June 20th, 2016

USACE Seattle Headquarters – RThomas, Mar. 2013

An in-depth look at the Federal Center South Building 1202, a high performance green building.

pdf file type October 21st, 2015

Zero-Net Energy Building Examples and Statistics – C. Higgins, updated Feb. 2015

A look at zero-net energy buildings across the nation by number, type, size and ownership. Read the National Institute of Building Science article based on this data.