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Appendix B: Letter of Commitment

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Federal Energy Star® Buildings Program Partnership Letter of Commitment Between the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency

Federal Energy Star® Buildings Program Partnership Letter of Commitment between The Department of Energy and The Environmental Protection Agency

I. Background and Shared Objectives

The purpose of this memorandum is to set forth an agreement between the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for working toward the goals of the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPAct), section 152, Subtitle F, and Executive Order 12902, section 301, through the use of energy efficient, cost effective, and environmentally beneficial energy-efficient building technology and procedures. The parties recognize that widespread use of cost-effective energy-efficient building designs and technologies in consideration with other energy-efficient measures can improve personnel productivity, reduce emissions of many pollutants, reduce needless expenses, and improve the Nation’s energy security and economic competitiveness. Further they agree that Federal agencies have an opportunity to provide leadership in energy efficiency management practices.

This letter of commitment addresses two objectives. First, it reaffirms EPA’s responsibility to install at a minimum, all cost effective energy conservation measures that payback within 10 years or less by 2005, as required by EPAct, section 152, Subtitle F, and EO 12902, section 301.

Second, as the co-administrator of the Energy Star® Buildings program, and a Partner under this agreement, EPA recognizes its responsibility to serve as an example of excellence and leadership for program implementation. Therefore, this letter of commitment encourages EPA to maximize its energy efficiency and pollution prevention of its facilities by aggressively pursuing energy conservation measures with payback periods beyond 10 years. DOE and EPA agree that Energy Star® and its logos are service marks of the United States Government as represented by the Administrator of EPA, and are subject to the provisions of Title 15, Chapter 22, United States Code, the various state laws applicable to trademarks, and this Letter of Commitment.

II. EPA’s Commitments

Existing Facilities Upgrades: EPA agrees to aggressively pursue all life-cycle (life-cycle cost is defined in 10 CFR Part 436 Subpart A) cost-effective energy-efficient building system upgrades in its existing facilities to the maximum extent practicable consistent with agency and private sector revenues, contracts, or energy efficiency programs, such as utility companies’ demand-side management programs and energy savings performance contracts. Wherever appropriate, energy-efficient building system upgrades will be analyzed and achieved in combination with other life-cycle cost-effective building efficiency improvement measures. Within the time line established by EPAct, section 152, and Executive Order 12902, section 301, EP agrees to:

-survey energy-efficient building upgrade opportunities in 100% of the square footage of its existing facilities to identify all cost-effective alternatives, unless such survey or an energy audit has been completed within the past 3 years; and

-upgrade building systems, to the maximum extent practicable, consistent with agency and private sector resources available to the Agency for energy-efficient projects, with a goal of completing by 2005, 100% of all projects with payback periods of less than 10 years.

EPA also agrees to consider the full range of commercially available building technologies, design, and maintenance options that can reduce energy use.

New Construction: EPA agrees to design all new facilities in compliance with applicable codes and regulations, with particular attention to 10 CFR Part 435 Subpart A, or its successor, and any improved design standards developed by the DOE pursuant to EPAct and Executive Order 12902.

Reporting: EPA agrees to provide DOE with specific information on its building improvements through its contribution to DOE’s "Annual Report on Federal Energy Management."

Re-analysis: Because energy-efficient building technologies and equipment continue to improve and prices continue to decrease, EPA agrees to reevaluate building systems for incorporation of more energy-efficient and cost-effective building technologies when identified by DOE or EPA.

Building Efficiency Publicity: EPA agrees to educate its employees about the economic and environmental benefits from the use of energy-efficient building technologies and to further encourage employees to utilize such technologies and practices in their homes. EPA also agrees to cooperate with DOE efforts to help raise public awareness of the Energy Star® Buildings Program and the benefits of energy-efficient building technologies in general.

III. DOE and EPA Commitments

DOE and EPA agree to assist Federal Agencies in adopting new cost-effective building technologies in the following ways:

-maintain and make available a current comprehensive summary of the best available information about energy-efficient building technologies and methods;

-offer workshops and training courses to teach personnel about energy efficient building technologies, analytical techniques, and the use of appropriate technologies, analytical techniques, and technical tools;

-develop and maintain building analysis software to help energy managers and design engineers conduct building surveys, analyze options, and choose the most energy-efficient and life-cycle cost-effective building upgrade package;

-operate informational phone-lines to provide engineers and energy managers with technical assistance on specific building technology problems and questions;

-provide building surveys and analysis services for installations on an as-requested and reimbursable basis;

-provide public recognition for building improvement efforts through the publication of articles, media events, and public service advertisements; and

Further, DOE agrees to:
EPA further agrees to:

IV. The Parties Agree:

The Letter of Commitment states the basic understanding among the parties. The commitments made herein are subject to the availability of funds. This Letter of Commitment shall not be used to obligate or commit funds or as the basis for the transfer of funds. The undersigned hereby execute this Letter of Commitment on behalf of their agencies:

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