EPA Adopts Principles from White House Summit on Sustainable Buildings
Following a White House Summit on Sustainable Buildings, EPA adopted a set of Guiding Principles for designing and operating federal facilities including: integrated design, energy performance, water conservation, and indoor environmental quality. Specifically, new buildings should be designed to earn the ENERGY STAR, where applicable, and the energy performance of a building should be verified, using EPA’s energy performance rating for buildings. Other signatories include DOD and GSA. This effort will help the federal government address the rising cost of energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and generally reduce the environmental impact of federal buildings.