U.S. Government Green Building Efforts
A number of efforts are being undertaken by
the U.S. Government to demonstrate green building technologies,
to increase the practice of green building, and to make information
on green building more readily available. The following links
provide more information on these efforts.
DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), is
an excellent resource for information about renewable energy
and energy efficiency. The site, formerly known as EREN, was
redesigned and updated in early 2003. In particular, the Buildings
Topics area provides links to energy audit and building
design tools, case studies, and additional information. Meanwhile,
Technologies Program provides information on DOE buildings
research and programs, including the Zero Energy Homes research initiative that demonstrates buildings with zero net energy consumption.
America is a Department of Energy program that focuses
on energy-efficiency solutions as community solutions. Rebuild
America partners with communities from small towns to large
metropolitan areas, to help them access technologies, services
and tools that help make buildings more efficient.
Roofs Initiative calls for the Department of Energy
to lead an effort to place one million solar energy systems
on the roofs of buildings and homes across the U.S. by the year
Savers, a consumer-oriented website from the DOE Office
of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, offers consumers
information on ways to save energy at home, as well as ways
to use renewable energy to provide power, hot water, and heating
Partnership for Advancing
Technology in Housing (PATH) is a public/private partnership,
managed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
(HUD), that seeks to expand the development and utilization
of new technologies to make American homes stronger, safer,
and more durable; more energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly;
easier to maintain and less costly to operate; and more comfortable
to live in. Its Web site includes information on Best Practices,
a Technology Inventory, a Residential
Structural Design Guide and other resources.
Oak Ridge National
Laboratory (ORNL) researches
and develops technologies for efficient building systems, including
heating, cooling, and refrigerating equipment; roofs, walls,
and foundations; insulating materials; technology transfer;
retrofit of existing structures; and evaluation and analysis
of efficiency programs.
Energy Management Program (FEMP) aims to reduce the
cost of government by advancing energy efficiency, water conservation,
and the use of renewable energy sources. FEMP accomplishes its
mission by creating partnerships, leveraging resources, transferring
technology, and providing training and support. This website
provides information on FEMPís efforts, including the greening
of federal facilities, such as the White House.
FEMP also provides information on the annual Federal
Energy and Water Management Awards program and recipients.
sponsored by EPA and DOE, aims to reduce energy
consumption in buildings. Both homes and commercial buildings
may qualify as Energy Star buildings, based on the energy savings
they offer. The Energy Star website offers a registry of labelled
homes and other buildings, as well as products and equipment
that are certified by Energy Star to save energy. Energy Star and the National Association of Counties are cooperating in a special Courthouse Campaign to promote efficient county buildings.
Decathlon is U.S. Department of Energy's student competition
to design and operate the most attractive and effective solar-powered
house. The next competition is slated for 2005, and 20 university
teams have been named to compete.
Efficient Rehab Advisor, an online tool developed by
the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, describes
HUD's guidelines for conducting energy efficient housing rehabilitation.
Users enter project information to receive energy efficiency
EPA offers a Green
Buildings website that acts as a portal to EPA information
on various facets of green building, and reports on the efforts
of each EPA region to green its own office buildings.
The Naval Facilities
Engineering Command (NAVFAC) is seeking to demonstrate
engineering leadership through a proactive commitment to environmentally
sustainable facilities. NAVFAC supports the Whole
Building Design Guide (WBDG), a website that provides
guidance for designing environmentally-sound commercial buildings.
WBDG sets energy use goals and suggests sustainable design materials
and methods consistent with a Whole Building Design Approach.
Park Service Sustainable Design Initiative aims to develop,
promote, and implement the broader concepts of sustainable practices
in all aspects of the National Park Service. Under this initiative,
a guidebook titled Guiding Principles of Sustainable Design
(available on-line by clicking above hotlink) was produced,
which articulates principles to be used in the design and management
of tourist facilities that emphasize environmental sensitivity
in construction, the use of non-toxic materials, resource conservation,
recycling, and integration of visitors with natural and cultural
settings. Sustainability principles have been developed for
several topics, including building design, site design, and
National Laboratoryís Environmental Energy Technologies Division
is an international leader in developing and commercializing
energy-efficient technologies and analytical techniques and
in documenting ways of improving the energy efficiency and indoor
environmental quality of residential and commercial buildings.
The Office of the Federal Environmental Executive has issued
a report titled The
Federal Commitment to Green Building: Experiences and Expectations
that examines what the federal government is doing, in policy
and practice, to make its buildings more environmentally sustainable.
Last updated: January 18, 2005
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