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 high performance sustainable buildings, which were issued by the Council of Environmental Quality (CEQ) on February 26, 2016.
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"
Support and Services
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.