• Participating in regional transportation planning;
  • Strengthening the vitality and livability of the communities in which federal facilities are located;
  • Eliminating fossil fuel energy use in new buildings and major renovations by 2030; and
  • Beginning in 2020 and thereafter, designing all new federal buildings to achieve zero net energy by 2030.

Each mandate specifically calls for the use of a life-cycle perspective or life-cycle costing, establishes interim and longer-term targets for the objectives, and establishes baselines and performance measures for evaluating progress in achieving them.


The strategies and approaches are summarized in Box 5.1. More detailed explanations for each one follow.

1. Use systems-based thinking and life-cycle assessment to identify new ways to provide services and to eliminate waste.

BOX 5.1
Summary of Strategies and Approaches for Achieving a Range of Objectives Related to Federal High-Performance Facilities

1. Use systems-based thinking and life-cycle assessment to identify new ways to provide services and to eliminate waste.

2. Focus on community- and regional-based approaches to fill gaps, leverage resources, and optimize results.

3. Align existing federal facilities to current missions and consolidate the total facilities footprint to lower costs, reduce carbon emissions, reduce water and energy use, and optimize available resources.

4. Operate facilities efficiently to optimize their performance.

5. Aggressively implement proven sustainable technologies as a matter of course.

6. Use integrated, collaborative processes and practices to overcome conventional segmented processes that fail to optimize resources.

7. Aim for high-performance, near-zero-net-energy buildings now.

8. Measure, verify, and report performance to improve processes and change behavior.

9. Use performance-based approaches to unleash the creativity of contractors.

10. Collaborate to drive the market for sustainable products and high-performance technologies.

11. Use standards and guidelines to drive change and embed sustainability into decision-making processes.

12. Communicate successes and learn from others.

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