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Meeting Energy Targets for Federal Buildings
November 14, 2008

Federal agencies may have to make significant process changes to meet the mandated 30 percent energy reduction in federal building by 2015, according to a new report. Produced by attendees of a workshop held by representatives of the Federal Facilities Council and private-sector organizations, the report details the challenges of meeting the requirements of the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA).

One of the main changes recommended by attendees is alteration of funding mechanisms by Congress. Appropriators and oversight committees need to recognize that previous funding patterns may need to change, as additional upfront funds may be needed to implement energy savings, but long-term costs will fall with lower energy expenditures.

Technical feasibility is also a major consideration in meeting EISA’s requirements. An integrated design process for both construction and renovations is essential; bringing together appropriators, procurement officers, design and construction teams, facility managers, project managers, training teams, and building occupants from the first phases of a project can encourage the kinds of collaboration necessary to making energy-saving decisions.

To receive a copy of the report, please e-mail Wendy Angel, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) public relations specialist, at wangel@ashrae.org or call (678) 539-1216.

ASHRAE plans to hold a legislative briefing in February 2009 to discuss federal agencies’ progress in meeting the requirements and the needs identified in the report. For more information on ASHRAE Government Affairs, please visit www.ashrae.org/advocacy.


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