DOE Introduces New Building Energy Efficiency Standards

The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced the publication of new Federal building energy efficiency standards in the Federal Register. 71 FR 70275, December 4, 2006. These new standards were developed in response to Section 109 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Federal buildings are now required to be designed to achieve at least 30 percent energy savings, if cost-effective, over prevailing private sector standards. The prevailing private sector standards referenced are ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2004 for commercial and high-rise multi-family residential buildings and the 2004 Supplement to the IECC for low-rise residential buildings. Both Standard 90.1-2004 and the 2004 IECC are incorporated by reference into the new Federal standards. DOE is continuing to work on additional rulemaking related to sustainable design for new Federal building standards.

The new standards may be found in 10 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 433 for commercial and high-rise multi-family residential buildings and in 10 CFR Part 435 Subpart A for low-rise residential buildings.


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