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DOE Launches Guide to Integrating Renewable Energy in Federal Construction

Wednesday, September 7, 2011  
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Guide helps Federal agencies understand options, select appropriate technologies, and integrate renewable energy in new construction and major renovation projects.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) has launched the Guide to Integrating Renewable Energy in Federal Construction, a new resource for Federal agencies and private-sector partners.

The FEMP guide walks users through renewable energy options to help select appropriate types of renewable energy technologies and integrate these technologies into all phases of new construction or major renovation projects. Training information and additional resources are also provided.

The Energy Policy Act (EPAct) of 2005 requires Federal agencies to source five percent of total electricity consumed from renewable energy in fiscal year 2012, increasing to 7.5 percent in fiscal year 2013 and thereafter. Meeting this goal requires aggressive renewable energy deployment across the Federal sector.

To reduce costs and increase options while meeting Federal requirements, renewable energy must be considered from the very beginning of a new construction or major renovation project. Pre-planning is only the first step. Renewable energy planning and considerations must be carried through every stage of the project process – from pre-planning to ongoing operations.

FEMP worked with an interagency steering committee to develop the Guide to Integrating Renewable Energy in Federal Construction. In addition, the Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG) created corresponding renewable energy technology resource pages. Each technology page contains crucial details on renewable energy technologies as a complement to the guide, including design, cost, life-cycles, and more.

The FEMP Guide to Integrating Renewable Energy in Federal Construction is currently available online at The WBDG resources pages accompanying the Guide are:

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