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This image shows the first page of the Emerging Themes in Energy Management 2014 document.

When reviewing the applications for the 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year awards for Energy Management, we noticed 12 major themes that seemed to keep popping up. Learn what the best-of-the-best are doing to enhance their world-class energy programs by downloading this two-page summary, which briefly describes each theme.

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First page of Sustainable Buildings Checklist

The Sustainable Buildings Checklist is a valuable tool for evaluating the sustainability of any type of existing building.

It was first developed to help U.S. federal building managers comply with the Federal Guiding Principles for High Performance Sustainable Buildings. The Guiding Principles establish common strategies for operating and maintaining federal buildings in a sustainable manner and focus on energy efficiency, water conservation, and indoor environmental air quality.

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This 11-page paper describes how performance contracts and tax-exempt lease-purchase agreements may offer you a practical solution when no money is available in the current budget for further improvements. It equips you to persuade the decision-makers within your school district, city, county, community college, university, or state that implementing energy efficiency upgrades is a good business decision and should be done as soon as possible.


This 36-page briefing report provides a tutorial in the fundamentals of energy performance contracting (EPC) for policy makers who need to understand how EPC fits into the broader context of energy efficiency policy and programs.


This document provides benchmarking guidance and reviews the benchmarking requirements for federal facilities per the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007. Use this document to understand and implement EISA 2007 benchmarking requirements for federal buildings. Information provided by the U.S. Department of Energy.

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