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The federal government is the nation's largest property owner and landlord, owning and/or operating nearly three billion square feet of floor space.

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The electric bill for all that real estate is staggering: nearly $3 billion in electricity for taxpayers! In fact, Federal facilities consume about 0.65 quadrillion BTUs of energy, based on 2005 data.

Mandates to Improve Energy Performance

Legislation such as Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005), and the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA 2007) were passed to improve Federal building energy performance and curb use. These two laws mandate Federal Facilities to:

  • meet specific energy goals and regulatory requirements
  • design, operate, and maintain high performance green buildings
  • purchase energy efficient and U.S. made products

Most recently, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) provides funding to enable Federal agencies to renovate and retrofit existing buildings, and build new buildings, to meet these aggressive energy and sustainability goals.

Follow the links below to learn more about Federal building design and energy reduction requirements, legislative mandates, and how Wattstopper control solutions can help meet Federal building needs.


Lighting Control Design Criteria
Lighting control requirements in Federal facilities are mandated by specific enacted legislation as well as other agency-specific design requirements.
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Energy Reduction Targets
ARRA requires that every Federal construction project meet specific building energy and fossil fuel generated reduction targets set forth in EISA. 
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EPAct 2005
With regard to lighting controls, EPAct addresses performance standards for Federal buildings and tax incentives for energy efficiency commercial buildings.
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Energy Codes & Efficiency
Every Federal project must comply with the applicable energy code.
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Sustainability
Under the provisions of EISA 2007, sustainable building practices are mandatory for new or retrofit Federal facilities, including projects funded using ARRA 
monies.
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ARRA

Wattstopper continues to offer our most popular products that comply with the Buy American provisions of the American Reconstruction and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

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