Jan. 15, 2008: Energy Efficiency in New Federal Buildings to Increase by 30 Percent
Over the next 10 years, the standards could save more than 40 trillion Btu and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 2 million metric tons, said DOE. The new regulation updates an interim final rule that DOE issued on Dec. 4, 2006, and which applied to any federal building that entered the “design for construction” phase by Jan. 3, 2007.
The new regulations take effect on Jan. 22 and apply to new federal commercial buildings, multi-family high-rise residential buildings, and low-rise residential buildings. The standards aim to address energy efficiency by looking at a building’s entire performance, instead of relying on prescriptive requirements for building components and systems. The high standards put forth in the new regulations will also encourage federal builders to use an integrated approach when constructing new buildings.
Publication date: 01/14/2008