Federal Green Construction Guide for Specifiers  Subscribe to Federal Green Construction Guide for Specifiers

To address the need for a comprehensive guide for procuring green building products and construction/renovation services within the Federal government, EPA has partnered with the Federal Environmental Executive and the Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG) to develop the Federal Green Construction Guide for Specifiers. Under the direction of this partnership, the green specs were authored by Dru Meadows, AIA, CCS, FCSI of theGreenTeam, Inc., a national expert in specifying for green building.

NOTE: This resource has not been updated to reflect new guidance to federal agencies per EO 13693, such as EPA's Recommendations of Standards and Ecolabels. EPA anticipates updating the Federal Green Construction Guide for Specifiers following its pilot assessment of standards and ecolabels for paints/coatings, furniture, and flooring and finalization of its Guidelines approach. To see the current sustainable acquisition requirements— searchable by purchase category—for federal agencies, please go to SF Tool Green Procurement Compilation section its website.

Organized according to CSI MasterFormat™, the 70+ sections provide users with multiple, performance-based options, allowing for flexibility in application.

Objectives: To help federal agencies 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

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.

Click the 'Title' or 'Date' heading to sort by ascending or descending order.

These documents are available in the following format:   Adobe Acrobat (PDF)  |   Microsoft Word (DOC)

Title Datesort descending View
01 57 19.12 Noise and Acoustic Management 11-02-2005  PDF |  DOC
01 79 11 Environmental Demonstration and Training 01-17-2007  PDF |  DOC
01 50 00 Temporary Facilities and Controls 01-17-2007  PDF |  DOC
01 81 13 Sustainable Design Requirements 02-15-2007  PDF |  DOC
05 05 00 Common Work Results for Metals 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
12 10 00 Artwork 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
33 16 20 Rainwater Harvesting 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
01 57 19.13 Environmental Management 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
01 67 00 Environmental Product Requirements 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
05 10 00 Structural Steel 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
09 29 00 Gypsum Board 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
12 48 13 Entrance Floor Mats and Frames 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
44 40 10 Water Reuse Systems 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
01 74 13 Progress Cleaning 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
09 30 00 Tile 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
12 59 00 Systems Furniture 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
48 14 00 Solar Energy Electrical Power Generation Equipment 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
01 74 19 Construction Waste Management 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
06 10 00 Rough Carpentry 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
09 51 00 Acoustical Ceilings 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
14 20 00 Elevators 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
48 15 00 Wind Energy Electrical Power Generation Equipment 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
01 78 23 Operation and Maintenance Data 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
06 16 00 Sheathing 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
09 65 00 Resilient Flooring 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
22 40 00 Plumbing Fixtures 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
48 30 00 Biomass Energy Electrical Power Generation Equipment 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
01 78 53 Sustainable Design Close-Out Documentation 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
06 20 00 Finish Carpentry 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
09 65 16.13 Linoleum 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
23 30 00 HVAC Air Distribution 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
06 60 00 Plastic Fabrications 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
09 68 00 Carpeting 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
23 70 00 Central HVAC Equipment 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
00 10 00 Solicitation (RFP) 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
06 90 00 Alternative Agricultural Products 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
09 72 00 Wallcovering 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
26 50 00 Lighting 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
01 10 00 Summary 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
07 10 00 Dampproofing and Waterproofing 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
09 90 00 Painting and Coating 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
31 10 00 Site Clearing 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
01 30 00 Administrative Requirements 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
01 81 30 Green Power Requirements 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
07 20 00 Thermal Protection 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
10 14 00 Signage 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
31 25 73 Stormwater Management by Compost 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
01 40 00 Quality Requirements 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
01 91 00 Commissioning 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
07 30 00 Steep Slope Roofing 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
10 21 13.19 Plastic Toilet Compartments 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
31 31 00 Soil Treatment 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
01 41 00 Regulatory Requirements 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
01 92 00 Facility Operation 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
07 33 63 Vegetated Roof Covering 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
10 81 16.13 Bat House 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
32 10 00 Bases, Ballasts, Paving 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
02 41 13 Selective Site Demolition 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
07 50 00 Membrane Roofing 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
10 81 50 Integrated Pest Management (IPM) 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
32 12 43 Porous Paving 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
01 43 50 Continual Improvement of Environmental Quality 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
03 30 00 Cast-In-Place Concrete 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
07 55 63 Vegetated Protected Membrane Roofing 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
11 13 00 Loading Dock Equipment 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
32 71 00 Constructed Wetlands 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
03 40 00 Precast Concrete 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
07 92 00 Joint Sealants 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
11 28 00 Office Equipment 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
32 84 00 Planting Irrigation 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
01 57 19.11 Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Management 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
04 20 00 Unit Masonry 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
08 14 00 Wood Doors 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
11 30 00 Residential Equipment 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
32 90 00 Planting 01-04-2010  PDF |  DOC
08 50 00 Windows 11-23-2010  PDF |  DOC
Federal Green Construction Guide for Specifiers - Complete Set 12-01-2010  ZIP |  ZIP
06 05 73 Wood Treatment 12-12-2010  PDF |  DOC
01 81 10 Facility Service Life Requirements 12-12-2010  PDF |  DOC
01 42 00 References 12-12-2010  PDF |  DOC
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