DOD components, DOD would first need to develop standard baselines for prototype buildings, standard definitions related to what should or should not be included in each category, standards for calculating quantities and costs of resources, and a standard protocol for gathering data. Personnel deployments may also affect energy use, water use, and other building-related factors. Effective tracking of those types of effects would also require standards and protocols that could be used consistently across the military services.

To implement this type of approach, it will be particularly important to have in place clearly established baselines for prototype buildings commonly constructed or renovated by DOD that can be used by all DOD components. Effective use of the baselines will require credible and verifiable data related to construction costs, energy use, water use, operations and maintenance costs, and other factors, such as solid and hazardous waste disposal, that could have effects on DOD’s mission, operating environment, and budget.

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