New Construction for Federal Sustainable Buildings: Requirements and Strategies   

Education Type: 
Live On-Site
2 Hours
10:15 AM - 12:15 PM (MT)

Denver, CO

0.20 CEUs

This pre–event workshop will focus on the design process and offer guidance to help agencies implement and interpret the Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings and ensure compliance with federal statutory requirements for new construction. The presenters will use real-world examples of methods, strategies, and documentation to demonstrate performance and compliance. The workshop will also review the overarching policy and reporting framework for federal sustainable buildings and the role of third-party green building rating systems.

This workshop is an opportunity for agencies to learn in detail, ask questions, and share ideas about achieving sustainable new construction.


Michael Myers  

Michael Myers is a nationally known speaker and has been at the forefront of energy efficiency, green building, and sustainability for more than 30 years. He has worked for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Lockheed Martin, the cities of Austin, San Antonio, and New York. At DOE, he was the program manager for the Existing Buildings Energy Efficiency Research and Affordable Housing Programs and led national efforts to promote local green building initiatives. At Lockheed Martin, he assisted local governments to reduce their energy consumption and led corporate efforts to develop a green building policy for all new facilities and building renovations. At the City of Austin, he managed the award-winning electric and gas demand-side management programs for all customer sectors. He led the team that created the first green building program in the nation, the City of Austin's acclaimed Green Building Program, which received international honors at the U.N. Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. Mike currently provides support to the Federal Energy Management Program to assist all federal agencies comply with the 2016 Guiding Principles for Federal Sustainable Buildings. Mike is a USGBC LEED AP, an IFMA Sustainable Facilities Professional, and a GBI Guiding Principles Compliance Professional.

Erin Zayko  

Erin Zayko has worked in the fields of energy management and sustainability for more than 15 years—much of that time spent working on behalf of the Federal Energy Management Program to guide agencies through the particulars of federal green building and the Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings. She is an energy and sustainability manager for Lockheed Martin leading the company's industrial energy management partnership with ENERGY STAR to help the corporation avoid consumption and costs by implementing best practices for measuring energy, making improvements and motivating staff. She holds a Building Energy Professional certification and is pursuing Certified Energy Manager certification from the Association of Energy Engineers and she is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED BD+C) Accredited Professional.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, attendees will understand:

  • How laws and requirements affect sustainable new construction;
  • Requirements for new construction for different building types;
  • Strategies to incorporate sustainability into the design of new buildings; and
  • Third–party certifications and standards to achieve sustainable building design.
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