New Energy Efficiency Requirements for Federal Buildings

March 25, 2015

Facilities will help cut government GHG emissions by 40%.

As part of his ongoing efforts to mitigate the threat of climate change, President Obama has issued an executive order that will allow the federal government to lead by example, improving energy efficiency in facilities and increasing the amount of power drawn from renewable sources.

The requirements are expected to reduce the government’s GHG emissions by 40% over the next decade compared to 2008 levels, saving taxpayers up to $18 billion in energy costs.

The executive order directs federal agencies to ensure that 25% of their electric and thermal energy consumption is coming from clean sources by 2025. The government’s 360,000 buildings will have new goals as well, being required to cut energy use by 2.5% per year and water intensity by 2% from 2015 until 2025.

“Since buildings account for 98% of GSA’s operational greenhouse gas emissions, a large part of achieving this goal will require GSA to increase its use of energy savings performance contracts and other retrofitting strategies to make federal buildings more energy efficient,” says Denise Turner Roth, GSA acting administrator. 

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