The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) offers resources to support federal agencies implementing energy management information systems (EMIS) for their buildings and campuses. FEMP provides federal agency guidelines for energy and water metering, including reviews of commercially available energy data management systems. FEMP also offers resources for federal agency procurement of energy-efficient products and energy-saving technologies, and compiles case studies about successful federal EMIS projects.

FEMP features guidance and resources to assist federal sites in complying with statutory building benchmarking requirements:

  • Energy Independence and Security Act, Section 432: Federal Facility Management and Benchmarking Requirements
  • Energy Management Information Systems Technical Resources Report illustrates how EMIS can enable federal agencies to improve energy performance, reduce costs, and meet energy goals. The guide discusses how to identify and implement needed EMIS functions and capabilities, covering the entire EMIS life cycle including system design, procurement, implementation, and ongoing maintenance.
  • Benchmarking Starter Kit: The ENERGY STAR Benchmarking Starter Kit provides step-by-step guidance on how to benchmark a building using Portfolio Manager.
  • Federal Comprehensive Annual Energy Reporting Requirements: Guidance on comprehensive fiscal year reporting to meet the energy management requirements of the National Energy Conservation Policy Act, as amended (42 U.S.C. 8253-8258); the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 15852); and associated executive orders.
  • The Technical Resilience Navigator (TRN) helps organizations manage the risk to critical missions from disruptions in energy and water services through a comprehensive, risk-informed resilience planning process. Its systematic approach to identifying energy and water resilience gaps and developing and prioritizing solutions that reduce risk enables organizations to address vulnerabilities to their critical energy and water systems, reduce outage impacts, and support continuous mission operations.
  • FEMP provides audit guidance and tools available to all federal agencies. These resources arm federal agencies in saving energy and water by identifying needed energy conservation measures to assist them in meeting the evaluation requirement set by the EISA, Section 232. Some of the resources include workforce development (training), energy/water analysis tools, a decision tree to identify the appropriate audit approach, and a statement of work templates to assist agencies in procuring audit services.
  • FEMP provides several resources for federal agencies such as re-tuning, a form of retro-commissioning, which is required by EISA Section 232. FEMP has been very active in engaging agencies to on the re-tuning concept. Some resources offered include training (workforce development), re-tuning assistant, and regional workshops. Early reports show re-tuning accomplished at federal sites resulted in 18+% annual energy savings.
  • FEMP provides agencies with guides and resources on how to increase water efficiency and reduce water use in federal buildings and campuses. For example, the resource Prioritizing Building Water Meter Applications offers technical information to assist agencies in developing a prioritization for water metering of buildings using a comprehensive water use approach.

FEMP offers information on healthy buildings, which includes federal buildings research integrating energy efficiency with health outcomes and financial benefits. The initiative also provides a toolkit for federal agency decision making and implementation of specific measures.

Better Buildings

The Better Buildings Smart Energy Analytics Campaign Toolkit helps facility owners and managers take advantage of savings opportunities and performance improvements from EMIS and ongoing monitoring practices.

The Better Buildings Solution Center offers EMIS-related courses, guides, and resources for commercial building managers and operators.

The Better Buildings Solution Center's EMIS Specification and Procurement Support Materials are tailored to federal sector requirements and allow users to create a customized draft RFP to match their agency's specifications.

The EMIS Field Evaluation Protocol and Support Materials are also available in the Better Buildings Solution Center. For federal facilities implementing EMIS, the protocol and accompanying data reporting template provide a standardized approach to validate the energy and non-energy benefits of EMIS. The primary target audiences for the protocol are evaluators and researchers from federal or state-sponsored emerging technology programs, utility industry emerging technology programs, and large building portfolio pilot studies.

Fed Center

FedCenter consolidates federal acquisition resources to help federal agencies meet their environmentally preferable and energy efficient purchasing goals.

50001 Ready

The U.S. Department of Energy's 50001 Ready Program recognizes facilities and organizations that implement ISO 50001-based energy management systems. To maximize the effectiveness of the EMIS system, the site or agency should implement a companion energy management system (EnMS), an organizational process that codifies the energy goals and policies, empowers staff by leadership commitment, and executes on the EMIS outcomes to improve energy performance.

This EnMS process includes proper staffing and training, developing energy improvement lists, and coordinating with energy and operations staff and management to implement operational and project-based improvements and should comply with the new ISO 50001 requirements in the Energy Act of 2020. The 50001 Ready Navigator is an online tool that provides step-by-step guidance in implementing an EnMS.