Assess Potential Agency Size Changes to Reduce Greenhouse Gases Using Renewable Energy in Buildings
To support planning for using renewable energy to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at the Federal agency or program-level, it is important to consider what changes to the agencies building or land-holding portfolio may have on opportunities for renewable energy. Changes to consider include:
- Addition of new buildings or sites to the agencies portfolio
- Major renovations to existing buildings
- Office moves into or out of agency-owned or leased space
As is the case with planning energy efficiency measures, planning for renewable energy in new construction can be more cost-effective than retrofitting a building after construction. In addition, the decision to move into or out of leased space will affect the ability to install on-site renewable energy systems. Moving out of leased space into an agency-owned space provides more flexibility in incorporating renewable energy systems in a building, flexibility that may not exist in a leasing situation.
After assessing agency size changes, the next step when planning to use renewable energy in buildings for GHG mitigation is to evaluate emissions profile using renewable energy in buildings.
- Step 1
Assess Agency Size Changes
- Step 2
Evaluate Emissions Profile
- Step 3
Evaluate Reduction Strategies
- Step 4
Estimate Implementation Costs
- Step 5
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