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Many federal facilities have succeeded in creating high performance buildings that save energy and reduce the environmental impact on our lives. We have captured a sampling of these successes in this High Performance Federal Buildings Database, a database showcasing examples of sustainable building projects in the federal government. Use the database to examine project details or to explore some construction or retrofit ideas for your facility.

FEMP is sponsoring this federal portal to the High Performance Buildings Database. FEMP also supports the Interagency Sustainability Working Group. This database contributes to the working group's purpose of exchanging information about federal agency sustainable design activities as demonstrated in these high performance federal building projects. The High Performance Buildings Database is research sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy; it seeks to improve building performance measuring methods by collecting data on various factors that affect a building's performance, such as energy, materials, and land use. The database includes information from buildings around the world, ranging from homes and commercial interiors to large buildings and even whole campuses and neighborhoods. These may be certified "green" projects, or simply projects that have one or more notable environmental features. The information has been reviewed for consistency and presentation, but in most cases, the details have not been independently verified.

To find projects of interest, use any of the search options listed on the left or select "list all projects" to see the entire list. Each project description may or may not include details on various aspects of its design process, costs, and/or environmental performance. You can limit your search to projects that include details in a particular topic area by using the "detailed search" function.

More information about this database is available in the following areas:

The High Performance Buildings Database is provided by the U.S. Department of Energy's Building Technology Program, High Performance Buildings, and lists many more projects. We encourage you to visit that site as well. Also see acknowledgments.

This High Performance Federal Buildings Database is provided by the U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program. Energy data requirements for listing in the federal buildings database are slightly less rigorous than those required for the High Performance Buildings Database (please see the database entry form instructions for details). We welcome you to submit green or sustainable building projects to the database.

Additional information on FEMP resources and other federal activities can be found in the Sustainable Design & Operations and New Construction/Retrofits Web sites. Further information and resources to support sustainable design can be found in the Whole Building Design Guide.

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