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DOE/EE RIN: 1904-AB96 Publication ID: Fall 2022 
Title: Clean Energy Rule for New Federal Buildings and Major Renovations 

This rulemaking implements provisions of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 that require the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to establish revised-performance standards for the construction of all new Federal buildings, including commercial, multi-family high-rise residential and low-rise residential buildings. This rulemaking will specifically address the reduction of fossil fuel-generated energy consumption in new buildings and buildings undergoing major renovations, as well as how agencies may petition DOE for a downward adjustment of the requirements if they believe meeting required energy reduction levels would be technically impracticable. This effort was previously reported as the Fossil Fuel-Generated Energy Consumption Reduction for New Federal Buildings and Major Renovations of Federal Buildings rulemaking. 

Agency: Department of Energy(DOE)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 10 CFR 433    10 CFR 435   
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 6834(a)(3)(D)   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Other  Statutory  Subject to the requirements in 42 U.S.C. 6834(a)(3)(D)   

Statement of Need:

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA 2007) requires certain new Federal buildings and Federal buildings undergoing major renovations to meet fossil fuel-generated consumption reduction targets based on fiscal year.

Summary of the Legal Basis:

Section 433(a) of EISA 2007 2007 (Pub. L. 110-140) amended section 305 of the Energy Conservation and Production Act (ECPA) and directed the DOE to establish regulations that require fossil fuel-generated energy consumption reductions for certain new Federal buildings and Federal buildings undergoing major renovations. (42 U.S.C. 6834(a)(3)(D)(i)) For these buildings, section 305 of ECPA, as amended by EISA 2007, mandates that the buildings be designed so that a building's fossil fuel-generated energy consumption is reduced as compared with such energy consumption by a similar building in fiscal year (FY) 2003 (as measured by Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) or Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS) data from the DOE's Energy Information Administration (EIA)) by 55 percent beginning in FY2010, 65 percent beginning in FY2015, 80 percent beginning in FY2020, 90 percent beginning in FY2025, and 100 percent beginning in FY2030. (42 U.S.C. 6834(a)(3)(D)(i)(I))


The statute requires DOE to establish regulations implementing the specific fossil fuel-generated energy consumption targets for certain new Federal buildings and Federal buildings undergoing major renovations.  The targets may be adjusted with respect to a specific building upon petition from an agency, with agreement from the DOE Secretary.  In implementing these regulations, DOE considers the technologies available to achieve the statutory targets and those relevant for petitions submitted by agencies.

Anticipated Costs and Benefits:

The cumulative net present value (NPV) of the proposed Clean Energy Rule compliant buildings ranges from -$16.0 Million (at a 7-percent discount rate) to -$85.3 Million (at a 3-percent discount rate).DOE also analyzed an additional case where the future grid emission factors were assumed to follow a 95% reduction by 2035 (95 by 2035) profile as defined in the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) 2021 Standard Scenarios Report: A U.S. Electricity Sector Outlook. This case represents a change in national electricity generation which assumes national power sector CO2 emissions reach 95% below 2005 levels by 2035 and are eliminated on a net basis by 2050. The cumulative NPV of the proposed Clean Energy Rule compliant buildings in the 95 by 2035 case ranges from $104.6 Million (at a 7-percent discount rate) to $83.4 Million (at a 3-percent discount rate).


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Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  10/15/2010  75 FR 63404   
NPRM Comment Period End  12/14/2010    
Supplemental NPRM  10/14/2014  79 FR 61693   
Supplemental NPRM Comment Period End  12/15/2014 
Supplemental Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM)  12/00/2022 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Ashley Armstrong
Director Regulatory Buildings, EE-5B
Department of Energy
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Building Technologies Office, 1000 Independence Avenue SW,
Washington, DC 20585
Phone:202 586-6590