Behind the High-Performance Federal Buildings Act


Reduction of  federal building energy footprint is an important initiative.

Focus must shift to the renovation, repair, and sustainability of existing buildings and associated efficient project delivery methods.   BIM and Cloud computing can integrate the currently disparate processes associated with facility capital planning, management, renovation, and maintenance…. and make enable the widespread use of efficient project delivery methods such as integrated project delivery (IPD) and job order contracting (JOC).
The focus on BIM as 3D visualization and design is a distraction we can no longer afford.

 

BIM is the life-cycle management of facilities supported by digital technology.  It is the use of robust business processes and standardized taxonomies and metrics.
The tools to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of the built environment are readily available.  Products and services  manufactured here in the United States, the use of which would also help our economy.

The  High-Performance Buildings Caucus was started in 2007 with a goal to make a real difference in our economy and environment. Last year,  the “Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act”  was introduce to piece of legislation ensure that people working on federal buildings are properly trained to do the work their job requires. This bill was signed into law at the end of 2010, however, the   General Administration Services (GSA) is lagging in its proper implementation.  Knowledge of life-cycle facility management is critical to reaching the goals of efficient facility life-cycle management.

The High Performance Federal Buildings Act is intended to require analysis of the full life-cycle costs for buildings.    It also requires regulations for the use of energy and water in federal buildings to reflect the most current codes and standards.   The Act will reduce energy footprint speed compliance with mandated standards.

It is very important to use of life-cycle cost analysis on any construction, alteration or acquisition of a building.  Facility condition assessments and commissioning are also key elements in this regard that must be addressed in a standardized manner.

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New International Green Construction Code (IgCC) – 2012 International Green Construction Code (IgCC) Complete

The Green Construction Code applies  design, construction,renovation, repair,  change of occupancy, movement, enlargement, replacement,equipment, location, maintenance, removal and demolition of every building or or any appurtenances connected or attached to such buildings and to the site on which located.

Areas affected include:

Building, Fuel Gas, Mechanical, Plumbing, Property maintenance , Fire prevention, Energy, Wildland-urban interface, Performance, Existing buildings, and Zoning.


 

 

 

Obama Missing the Point on Sustainability?

President Obama’s  State of the Union Address calls for 80% clean power by 2035, but…  WHAT ABOUT ENERGY CONSERVATION!!!!

Clean energy is great, but likely a pipe dream.  Furthermore, none of the “renewable” energy sources will meet current demands and/or be deployable by 2035.

We need to get serious about implementing energy conservation measures and associated facility system upgrades.   It is no secret that existing building energy use can be reduced 30% to 50% by upgrading systems and adopting better utilization practices.

The real issues is that appropriate incentives and efficient  transparent project delivery methods are not being used.

The combination of objective facility assessments with efficient project delivery methods such as JOC – Job Order Contracting, and IPD – Integrated Project Design, associated mandates and financial incentives is sorely needed!

Time to stop talking and start acting?

 

 

Green / Sustainability Building Regulations & Laws

CALGREEN

Effective January 1, 2011,  CALGREEN Code is the first state high performance building / green / sustainabilitys building code.

CALGREEN is mandatory and targets new residential, commercial, hospital and school buildings and a  3 million metric tons greenhouse gas reduction by the year 2020.

Designers, contractors, and owners can plan and build to a certifiable green standard without  for third-party certification and requires field inspections using a public service.

Key targets/requirements.

  • 20% indoor water use reduction (voluntary goal standards for 30%, 35% and 40%)
  • Separate water meters for indoor and outdoor water use for commercial buildings
  • Moisture-sensing irrigation systems
  • Reduced land-fill waste
  • Mandatory inspections commercial buildings over 10,000 square feet
  • Use of low VOC materials

 

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