13 July 2006
CHAPTER 9 SUSTAINABILITY
Executive Order 13123, Greening the Government through Energy-Efficient Management
(June 1999), requires that sustainable design be an integral part of every project. Energy
and water conservation are primary goals of sustainable design and development, and are
major requirements in complying with E.O. 13123.
Objectives of this sustainability directive include: reduction of greenhouse gas emissions
attributed to facility energy use, water conservation, use of recovered and recycled
materials, waste reduction, and maintenance of healthful indoor environments. Results will
reduce life cycle operating costs for the Services, and improve quality of life for families.
Other Federal Requirements and Guidelines.
Executive Order 13101, Greening the Government Through Waste Prevention, Recycling,
and Federal Acquisition (Sep. 1998), establishes affirmative procurement requirements to
promote the acquisition and use of products that contain recycled or recovered materials,
and environmental services which key components of sustainable development. Many
products designated by EPA Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines are commonly used
in family housing construction including insulation, carpet and carpet cushion, cement and
concrete, latex paint, structural fiberboard and laminated paperboard, non-pressure
drainage pipe, roofing materials, landscaping products, and playground equipment and
Executive Order 13148, Greening the Government Through Environmental Leadership
(April 2000), establishes requirements to use environmentally and economically beneficial
landscaping practices to promote sustainable management of Federal facility lands and
reduce adverse impacts to the natural environment.
The Federal Energy Management Program's (FEMP) Greening Federal Facilities: An
Energy, Environmental, and Economic Resource Guide for Federal Facility Managers and
Designers (May 2001), can assist stakeholders in reducing energy consumption and costs,
improving working environment of those facilities, and reducing environmental impacts of
Commission dwelling units that are tested for ENERGY STAR Labeled Home
Performance (except foreign locations where Energy Star standards may not be practical),