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NHEERL Scientists Participate in Workshop on Use of MOA To Support Development of Multipollutant Science Assessment for NAAQS Pollutants

The Atlantic Ecology Division and two other EPA facilities have partnered with OARM’s Facility Management Division to help EPA meet its Green Building requirements. Executive Order 13514 (Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance) requires federal agencies to design and construct all new buildings as green buildings, and to transform existing buildings into High Performance Sustainable Buildings. OMB issued the most recent "Guiding Principles for High Performance Sustainable Buildings" in December 2008, mandating that 15% of EPA buildings meet the Guiding Principles by FY2015. The Guiding Principles cover some 25 requirements including energy conservation (minimum of a 20% reduction), Employ Integrated Assessment, Operation and Management Principles, Protect and Preserve Water, Optimize Energy Performance, Enhance Indoor Environmental Quality, and Reduce Environmental Impact of Materials.

As part of this effort, AED has been challenged to:

  • Conduct initial and final building walkthrough assessments
  • Track and easily view progress on each guiding principle
  • Upload compliance documents to the repository for record keeping
  • Create a portfolio-wide federal building sustainability roll-up report
  • Review up-to-date energy and water metrics generated by the Portfolio Manager

AED’s ongoing internal sustainable initiatives, continued support from OARM’s Facility Management Division, the cooperative spirit of our local staff, and the guidance outlined in ORD’s Environmental Management Systems collectively provide the framework for meeting the Guiding Principles. AED’s target completion date for full implementation of the Guiding Principles is October 2012.

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