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FEDERAL FACILITIES

The federal government is one of the largest real estate owners on the planet, spending roughly $6 billion per year in taxpayer money on energy costs for buildings it owns, such as federal office centers, courthouses, diplomatic missions, laboratories and military facilities.

 

The federal government can make a significant contribution towards energy savings and carbon reduction by requiring aggressive energy savings. This also helps spur industry to develop new technologies and designs that can then be deployed in the private sector.

 

Current laws require that GSA and other federal agencies that own buildings meet certain energy saving targets for new buildings, but the greatest potential for reducing the federal government’s energy consumption lies with retrofitting its existing buildings.

 

Since federal buildings are designed to last for 50 to 100 years, identifying ways to help them save energy over the long run will improve the environment and save taxpayer money.

Building Construction

POLICY HIGHLIGHT

GSA Approves Principles for Low Embodied Cardbon Buildings

Earlier this year, the Green Building Advisory Committee (GBAC), an advisory body to the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), approved a series of procurement principles to enable a shift to low embodied carbon building materials and approaches. 

Resources

Research

RMI: Deep Energy Retrofits in Federal Buildings: The Value, Funding Models, and Best Practices

Multimedia
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Key Federal Agencies and Committees

BuildingAction Members [[and Allies??]] with expertise

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