Resources on Sustainable Buildings and Campuses
Building Technology Office Resources
The Building Technology Office offers useful resources to plan and implement energy-efficiency projects.
Many helpful resources about sustainability and sustainable building design are available to Federal facility managers and other personnel. These resources include information about:
- Federal requirements and programs
- Ratings and certification programs
- Sustainable design guides
- Technical assistance
Also see Case Studies.
Federal Requirements and Programs
Buildings Technologies Program: A U.S. Department of Energy program that leads a vast network of research and industry partners to continually develop innovative, cost-effective, energy-saving solutions for buildings.
Council on Environmental Quality: A program established by the Executive Office of the President that coordinates Federal environmental efforts and works closely with agencies to develop policies and initiatives.
Crosswalk of Sustainability Goals and Targets: A document that features a table listing sustainability goals/targets under the requirement of Executive Order (E.O.) 13514 and E.O. 13423.
ENERGY STAR for Federal Agencies: A site that provides access to the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, the Federal High Performance Sustainable Buildings Checklist, and ENERGY STAR qualified products, and much more.
Federal Government to Government Energy Solutions: This U.S. Department of Commerce site helps Federal agencies collect, monitor, and baseline energy consumption information in compliance with the Energy Policy Act of 2005.
Green Proving Ground Program: A U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) program that leverages GSA's real estate portfolio to evaluate sustainable building technologies.
Guiding Principles for Federal Leadership in High-Performance and Sustainable Buildings: A Web page that features information on the memorandum of understanding, guidance from the Interagency Sustainability Working Group, and other resources to help meet Federal requirements.
Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings: A GSA program that works to catalyze and facilitate the Federal government to operate more efficiently and effectively.
Strategic Sustainability Performance Plans (SSPPs) and Scorecards: A website that lists SSPPs and Office of Management and Budget Scorecards for all federal agencies.
Sustainable Facilities Tool: This GSA site offers useful sustainable guidance and tools for facility managers, procurement officials, leasing specialists, and project managers.
U.S. Department of Defense Environmental Research Programs: A program that works to harness the latest science and technology to develop and demonstrate innovative, cost effective, and sustainable solutions.
Ratings and Certification Programs
Green Globes: A Web-based program from the Green Building Initiative for green building guidance and certification that includes an onsite assessment by a third party.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED): A voluntary, consensus-based, market-driven program from the U.S. Green Building Council that provides third-party verification of green buildings.
Living Building Challenge: A philosophy, advocacy, and certification program from the International Living Future Institute that defines priorities on both a technical and core value level.
Sustainable Design Guides
FEMP's Business Case for Sustainable Design in Federal Facilities: A 20-page brochure and full-length document that provide significant financial evidence that sustainable design is a smart business choice.
FEMP's Greening Federal Facilities Guide: A comprehensive resource for Federal facility and energy managers, designers, planners, and construction staff.
FEMP's Guide to Integrating Renewable Energy in Federal Construction: A guide that provides helpful information, tools and resources for incorporating renewable energy technologies at every stage of construction.
Whole Building Design Guide: An online resource from the National Institute of Building Sciences that provides information and guidelines—produced and updated through interagency effort—to support sustainable design.
For FEMP technical assistance on the sustainable design of buildings and facilities, contact Sarah Jensen
Guiding Principles: Getting Started: Webinar provides an overview of the Guiding Principles for Existing High-Performance Sustainable Buildings and discusses planning, strategies, documentation, reporting, and data integrity for compliance.
Guiding Principles: Optimize Energy Performance: Webinar provides an overview of optimizing energy performance in existing high-performance sustainable buildings and discusses planning, strategies, documentation, reporting, and data integrity for compliance.
For more information, see FEMP's training database.