The Biden administration has announced energy efficiency initiatives including creating what it says will be the first-ever building performance standards for the federal government, to serve as a model for the private sector.
GSA, Energy, and EPA are to “establish metrics, targets, and tracking methods to reach federal carbon emissions goals. The performance standards will identify progressive performance milestones as well as the resources that agencies need to meet them,” according to a White House fact sheet.
As an initial step, GSA released a blueprint to integrate “grid-interactive efficient building,” or GEB, technologies into federal building renovation and improvement projects, to make buildings more energy-efficient. Those technologies interact with the electric grid to reduce, shift or generate electricity loads.
The GSA said it will first use the blueprint to choose sites from its real estate portfolio that have the greatest potential for cost-effective GEB implementation, and implement GEB technologies in upcoming energy performance contracts, as well as building modernization projects. “Although the recommendations in the blueprint are focused on the GSA portfolio, GSA encourages other landholding federal agencies to use its best practices,” it said.
Other initiatives, the White House said, include partnerships with other levels of government to make their buildings more energy-efficient; research on innovative clean and efficient building heating and cooling systems; standards to advance heat pump technology and fast chargers for electric vehicles; and more.