Federal Buildings Must Comply with Green Building Certification Rule

October 13, 2014 By Linda Hardesty

The US Energy Department is pursuing a suite of initiatives to strengthen measurement of energy use in federal buildings and energy efficient building design. To that end, the DOE is issuing a final rule, which goes into effect on November 13, that requires verified energy and water performance for new and retrofitted federal buildings that are certified by private sector green building certification systems.

In cases where agencies choose to use green building certification systems to meet federal sustainability and energy standards, they must choose a system that verifies enhanced energy and water efficiency within guidelines set out by the new rule. The rule also requires re-assessments at least every four years to incite ongoing energy and water management.

In addition, DOE will soon release guidance for federal building energy and water metering that will help agencies prioritize buildings for metering.

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