Evaluation of the Plan to Conserve Energy in Federal Buildings through Retrofit Programs

EMD-78-2: Published: Dec 22, 1977. Publicly Released: Dec 22, 1977.

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Buildings consume about 39 percent of the total energy used by the Federal Government. Energy conservation in these facilities, therefore, is essential in any program to reduce the Government's use of energy. The Department of Energy (DOE) has developed a comprehensive plan to reduce energy use in existing Federal buildings through retrofit programs.

DOE's draft plan defines retrofit as changes made to a building or its equipment to increase energy efficiency. The plan proposes that each Federal agency owning or operating buildings: reduce energy consumption by 20 percent compared to 1975 consumption, perform retrofit surveys on all federally owned buildings by 1981, establish formal operating and maintenance guidelines for energy management, and prepare a 10-year plan for retrofitting existing buildings.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

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    Recommendation: The Secretary of Energy should develop a method for evaluating and selecting projects which will account for benefits over a project's expected life and consider the time value of money; establish a procedure whereby proposed retrofit projects of all agencies will be centrally approved by DOE to ensure that only those projects generating the greatest benefits are funded; include a section in the plan requiring personnel developing bid packages to consider energy efficiency when purchasing or replacing building equipment; include a requirement for agencies to use the retrofit handbook developed by DOE for performing initial building surveys; develop specific procedures for agencies to follow to support the need for an Energy Management System; and develop a definition for retrofit projects to distinquish them from normal repair and alteration projects.

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