Bloomberg Law
Sept. 7, 2022, 6:18 PM

Climate Performance Standard for Feds’ Buildings Set for Release

Stephen Lee
Stephen Lee

The Biden administration is “on the cusp” of releasing a climate standard for federal buildings as part of a government-wide effort to slash carbon emissions from its massive stock of real estate, a White House official said Wednesday.

Buildings accounted for 13% of the country’s total greenhouse gas emissions in 2019, according to the EPA. The federal government is the nation’s biggest property owner, with more than 253,000 buildings—spanning some 2.4 billion square feet—and another 440,000 structures as of 2019, according to the General Services Administration.

The new standard will “put us on a pathway to electrification and energy efficiency ...

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