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Executive Order 13423 -Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy and Transportation Management calls on all Federal agencies to reduce energy and water consumption, utilize sustainable building design and construction and reduce fleet vehicle petroleum use.
As the leading consumer of energy, the executive order requires all agencies to reduce energy intensity (energy consumption per square foot of building space) by 3% annually through the year 2015. That’s a total reduction of 30% in energy consumption by the year 2015. The Executive Order also calls for a 2% annual reduction in water intensity through 2015, an overall 16% reduction by the year 2015.
The Executive Order states that, all new construction and major renovations of agency buildings must utilize sustainable design as detailed in the Guiding Principles for High Performance and Sustainable Buildings. Furthermore, 15% of existing Federal buildings must incorporate sustainable practices by the year 2015.