Federal Government Leadership in Energy Efficiency
(Climate Action Plan, p. 11.)
- Standardized Contracts. The Administration is to initiate a partnership with the private sector aimed at creating a standardized contract to finance federal investments in energy efficiency.
- Synchronized Building Codes. Agencies are to work together to synchronize building codes to improve efficiency of federally owned and supported buildings.
- Green Button Standard. The Administration is to use Green Button standard within federal facilities to increase their ability to manage energy use, reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, and meet sustainability goals.
Implementation, Progress, and Outcomes
December 3, 2013: The Obama Administration announced that it would challenge Federal agencies to expand their use of standardized performance-based contracts through 2016 to upgrade the energy efficiency of Federal buildings at no cost to taxpayers. (News Release, DOE, Obama Administration Expands Better Buildings Challenge to Multifamily Housing, Launches New Programs to Boost U.S. Energy Efficiency (Dec. 3, 2013).)
Synchronized Building Codes
May 9, 2014: DOE “preliminarily affirmed” that the 2013 edition of ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1, the latest energy code for the commercial building industry, provides 8.5% more energy savings than the previous code and up to 30% more energy savings than current predominant state energy codes. (See Fact Sheet, White House, President Obama Announces Commitments and Executive Actions to Advance Solar Deployment and Energy Efficiency (May 9, 2014).)
Green Button Standard
December 5, 2013: President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum instructing federal agencies to incorporate the Green Button data standard in their energy-management practices. (Presidential Memorandum—Federal Leadership on Energy Management, 78 Fed. Reg. 75,209, 75,210, § 3(a)(v) (Dec. 5, 2013).) The Memorandum directed the General Services Administration, (GSA), in coordination with the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to prepare and begin piloting Green Button at federal facilities within 120 days. (Id. at 75,210–11, § 3(b)(i).) Within 180 days of initiating the Green Button pilot strategy, DOE, through the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), and in coordination with EPA, is to issue guidance on the use of Green Button at federal facilities. (Id. at 75,211, § 3(b)(ii).) By December 2014, EPA is to update the Energy Star Portfolio Manager to facilitate the inclusion of building energy-usage data using Green Button and in conformance with the new guidance. (Id. at 75,211, § 3(b)(iii).) Related to these measures, the Presidential Memorandum also required federal agencies to install building energy meters and submeters and water meters, and to enter meter data into the Energy Star Portfolio Manager. (Id. at 75,210, § 3(a).) In addition, DOE is to revise and update its Metering Best Practices (Aug. 2011) and Building Energy Use Benchmarking Guidance (Apr. 2010). (Id. at 75,211, § 3(c).)
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