The HPSB Building Principles for Major Renovations and New Construction


The HPSB Building Principles for Major Renovations and New Construction has requirements for existing buildings. The Federal Government is the nation’s single largest property-owner and energy consumer, operating more than 500,000 facilities. Almost $200 billion is spent on personnel compensation and benefits for civilian employees. This footprint represents a massive opportunity to transfer sustainable technologies and practices on a large scale, thereby helping to transform the marketplace and create a more healthy work environment.

The Guiding Principles for Major Renovations and New Construction include;

  1. Employ Integrated Design Principles
  • Plan and design a process that initiates and maintains an integrated project team in all stages of a project’s planning and delivery
  • Employ ordering practices tailored to the size and complexity of the building and its system components in order to verify performance of building components and systems and help ensure that design requirements are met
  1. Optimize Energy Performance
  • Establish a whole building performance target that takes into account the intended use, occupancy, operations, plug loads, other energy demands, and design to earn the ENERGY STAR® targets for new construction and major renovation where applicable
  • As per EISA 2007, 30% of the hot water demand should be met using the installation of solar hot water heaters when lifecycle cost-effective
  • Per the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005) Section 103, install building level electricity meters in new major construction and renovation projects to track and continuously optimize performance. Per EISA Section 434, include equivalent meters for natural gas and steam, where natural gas and steam are used
  • Verify that the building performance meets or exceeds the design target, or that actual energy use is within 10% of the design energy budget for all other building types
  1. Protect and Conserve Water
  • Guidance sets an aggregate goal at a minimum of 20% and at a 50% reduction in potable water use for inside and outside the facility, respectively
  • The implementation of water-efficient products containing EPA’s WaterSense label are encouraged
  • Employ design and construction strategies that reduce storm water runoff and discharges of polluted water offsite
  1. Enhance Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Meet ASHRAE Standard 55-2004, Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy, including continuous humidity control within established ranges per climate zone, and ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2007, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality
  • Establish and implement a moisture control strategy for controlling moisture flows and condensation to prevent building damage, minimize mold contamination, and reduce health risks related to moisture
  • Provide automatic dimming controls or accessible manual lighting controls, and appropriate glare control
  • Use materials and products with low pollutant emissions
  • After construction and prior to occupancy, conduct a minimum 72-hour flush-out with maximum outdoor air consistent with achieving relative humidity no greater than 60 percent. After occupancy, continue flush-out as necessary to minimize exposure to contaminants from new building materials
  • Implement a policy and post signage indicating that smoking is prohibited within the building and within 25 feet of all building entrances, operable windows, and building ventilation intakes during building occupancy
  1. Reduce Environmental Impact of Materials
  • Recycle content that can be
  • Products that are biobased should be disposed properly
  • Use products that have a lesser or reduced effect on human health and the environment
  • Incorporate adequate space, equipment, and transport accommodations for recycling in the building design
  • Eliminate the use of ozone depleting compounds during and after construction

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