Legislation Pushes for More Efficient Federal Buildings

January 27, 2006

Last year's energy bill and the disasters created by Hurricane Katrina and Rita have prompted an additional push for more efficient federal buildings. 

After the hurricanes, President Bush issued a mandate to federal agencies to save gas and electricity.  The 2005 Energy Policy Act also extended until 2016 the use of energy-savings performance contractors, which allow contractors to finance projects upfront and then get paid out of savings generated from improved systems.  

The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) plays a central role in ensuring this change.  Chartered in 1973, FEMP helps agencies find innovative solutions to their most difficult energy challenges and address their full range of energy management responsibilities, such as new construction, building retrofits, and utility management.  

Federal buildings are among the heaviest users of energy-efficient technologies.  For example, all new General Services Administration project require that the building be certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, and industry group that rates energy efficiency.  

To learn more about industry and federal responses to the energy bill, read this article on Govexec.com.