Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings

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The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) provides three types of support services to help agencies design, comply, and track progress toward the implementation of the 2016 Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings, which were issued by the Council of Environmental Quality (CEQ) on February 26, 2016.

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Federal Government Compliance with the Guiding Principles' High Performance Buildings Requirements

With the issuance of Executive Order 13834: Efficient Federal Operations, agencies are to "ensure that new construction and major renovations conform to applicable building energy efficiency requirements and sustainable design principles; consider building efficiency when renewing or entering into leases; implement space utilization and optimization practices; and annually assess and report on building conformance to sustainability metrics"

Executive Order 13834: Efficient Federal Operations
(Section 2(e))

Support and Services

Guidance, Crosswalks, and FAQs

Guidance

FEMP works as a liaison between the the White House Council on Environmental Quality Office of Federal Sustainability (OFS) and federal agencies. FEMP helps provide agency feedback to OFS and develops supporting guidance and resources to help agencies with the implementation of the 2016 Guiding Principles. For complete guidance on the Guiding Principles, visit the CEQ's resources and guidance web page.

Crosswalks

FEMP developed the 2016 Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings Updates Crosswalks, to explain and highlight the differences between the 2016 and 2008 Guiding Principles for existing buildings and new construction and modernization.  These documents walk through each of the 2016 Guiding Principles and highlight major changes and significant new requirements.

FAQs

FEMP also complied a comprehensive list of 2016 Guiding Principles for New Construction or Modernization Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) from actual agency questions related to the design, implementation, and tracking of the 2016 Guiding Principles.

Tracking and Reporting

Scorecards

FEMP tracks and compiles the annual progress reports used by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to score federal agencies' progress and compliance within the "Green Buildings" category on annual federal agency scorecards.

Checklists

FEMP developed two checklists for agencies that want to voluntarily evaluate and track building progress toward meeting the metrics defined by Determining Compliance with the Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings.

Training and Implementation Services

FEMP developed five on-demand courses, related to the 2016 Guiding Principles. If needed, agencies can request on-site, in-person Guiding Principles training for their teams. For more information, contact FEMP.

Key Resources

Comprehensive list from actual agency FAQs related to the design, implementation, and tracking of the 2016 Guiding Principles.
Checklist helps agencies design and track compliance for new facilities or modernizations and existing buildings.
Crosswalks explain the differences between the 2016 and 2008 Guiding Principles for existing buildings and new construction and modernization.
Quick reference website to help users understand efficiency, indoor environmental quality, conservation, and the connections between them.
Guidance to help agencies comply with the Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings.
Checklist provides a system for tracking progress made toward the legacy 2008 Guiding Principles.