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CEQ Issues New Guidelines for Sustainable Federal Buildings

New Guidelines Replace 2008 Version

On February, 26, 2016, the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) issued the 2016 version of the Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings.

The 2016 Guiding Principles update and replace the December 2008 Guiding Principles. They intend to reflect the evolution of sustainable building design, construction, and operating practices, and to also better incorporate other building-related Executive Order 13693 requirements.

The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) will be working with CEQ and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to produce updated resources, guidance, and training (both online and on-site). Expect further information about proposed modifications to ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to accommodate the 2016 Guiding Principles soon.

Crosswalk Guidance

To assist agencies with the transition between the 2008 Guiding Principles and the updated 2016 Guiding Principles, FEMP developed two crosswalk guidance documents to explain and highlight the differences between the 2016 and 2008 versions of the Guiding Principles for existing buildings and new construction and modernization.

These crosswalks are based on the evaluation criteria included in the Guiding Principles compliance document and provide an overall comparison of the major scoring and applicability changes between the two versions. They walk through each of the 2016 Guiding Principles and highlight major changes or significant new requirements.

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