Federal Green Construction Guide For Specifiers


This online tool is organized according to CSI MasterFormat™ and was developed by the EPA in partnership with the Federal Environmental Executive and the Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG).  The 70+ sections provide users with multiple, performance-based options, allowing for flexibility in application.


Its goal is to help architects, agencies, and specifiers meet their project-specific environmental goals and mandates including:


  • Executive Order 13423, 13514, and the revised Guiding Principles for Federal Leadership in High Performance and Sustainable Buildings
  • EPA’s Final Guidance on Environmentally Preferable Purchasing
  • EPA’s Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines for recovered content
  • USDA’s BioPreferred Program
  • ENERGY STAR® & DOE Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) Product Efficiency Recommendations
  • Energy Policy Act of 2005 and the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007
  • ASTM, LEED®, Green Globes, and other rating systems and standards
  • And other ‘best practices’ as determined via industry and public comment


While the sample specs are great references when pursuing green certifications, they can also be helpful in establishing firm-wide standards in compliance with ‘best practices’ as noted in these specs. 


To share comments & suggestions, please contact Alison Kinn Bennett at 202-564-8859 or kinn.alison@epa.gov.


For more information about the scope, purpose, and use of the Federal Green Construction Guide for Specifiers, please see the Frequently Asked Questions.