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Federal Procurement of Energy-Efficient Products January 2013 Update

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Welcome to the seventh issue of Federal Energy-Efficient Product Procurement! This bi-monthly update helps Federal procurement officials, facility managers, and others remain up to date on events, training, technology, and changes to acquisition requirements.

In This Issue:

New Updates to FEMP-Designated Efficiency Requirements

FEMP recently updated its efficiency requirements for the following product categories:

In addition to these updates, FEMP made a number of other acquisition guidance updates in the last half of fiscal year (FY) 2012:

To get the latest product acquisition guidance and efficiency requirements delivered to your inbox as soon as they are published, visit FEMP's new Energy-Efficient Product Procurement newsletter and email subscription system and fill out your contact information and preferences. Visit the FEMP Covered Product Categories Web page for more information about Federal energy-efficient product purchasing requirements.

Redesigned Energy Savings Calculator for Commercial Boilers

You voted, and we listened: FEMP recently released its newly redesigned energy savings calculator for commercial boilers. Calculator inputs are organized by project type, performance factors, and cost factors, and calculator results compare your choice of boiler with the lifetime energy cost savings of a boiler that meets FEMP minimum efficiency requirements.

Thanks again to everyone who voted last year to update the commercial boiler calculator. If you have questions or comments about the updated design, please contact Amanda Sahl.

New Way to Manage Your Newsletter Subscription, Create Custom Alerts

FEMP recently changed the Energy-Efficient Product Procurement newsletter subscription system to include enhanced subscriber profiles and customized alerts. You can log in to the system and complete your user profile, manage your newsletter subscription, and sign up to receive timely, product-specific updates when FEMP releases new energy efficiency requirements and guidance. FEMP will also connect this system to its Commit to Efficiency campaign reporting and accomplishment tracking system, which offers support for Federal buyers and specifiers of energy-efficient products.

If you received this newsletter from a colleague and you'd like your own subscription, visit the Energy-Efficient Product Procurement Updates page and enter your email address to start the process.

Low Standby Product List: Making Energy-Efficient Product Purchasing Easier

To help make the procurement process more efficient for Federal purchasers, FEMP continues to update the Federal Requirements and Acquisition Guidance for Low Standby Power Products Web page with the latest standby power requirements. Search the Low Standby Product List for the following product types: cordless phones, desktop computers and workstations, fax machines and printers, and thin client computers. Product lists are updated monthly.

DOE's New Compliance Certification Management System Expands Public Access to Data and Makes Data Submission Easier for Manufacturers

DOE launched a revised website that stores the certification reports and compliance statements submitted by manufacturers for covered products and equipment subject to Federal conservation standards. The new Compliance Certification Database offers several new features, including:

  • A search function, which allows users to search by model number even if just part of the model number is known
  • A selection tool, which allows users to search for a basic model with certain product characteristics or specific energy-efficiency levels
  • Drop-down menus, which allow users to select specific product classes and brand names
  • Improved navigation to enhance usability
  • Access to a downloadable file format for subsets of the data or the entire data file for each product type.

Commit to Efficiency Campaign Resources

FEMP's Commit to Efficiency campaign helps connect individuals throughout the Federal Government to resources that can help them procure, specify, and contract for cost-saving, energy-efficient products. By registering for the campaign, you can set energy-efficient product procurement goals, gain access to training and reporting tools, and get recognized for your accomplishments.

Anyone who buys or specifies energy-consuming products or who influences the buying, specifying, or sale of energy-consuming products used by the Federal Government can join the Commit to Efficiency campaign. You play an important role in energy efficiency.

If you are interested in joining the participant pilot group and helping to shape the campaign, please contact Amanda Sahl.

New Fact Sheet Helps Manufacturers and Vendors Sell Energy-Efficient Products

The Federal Government spends billions of dollars on goods and services every year. For many product types, the U.S. Government is the single largest purchaser. Manufacturers and vendors can increase their sales potential by helping Federal purchasers meet their energy-efficient product purchasing requirements.

To help manufacturers and vendors to explore the Federal market, FEMP recently published Sell Energy-Efficient Products, a two-page fact sheet that explains contractual agreements, FEMP-designated efficiency requirements, and how to determine if a product qualifies for Federal purchase. It also lists online resources vendors and manufacturers can use to learn more about this potential sales market.

Sustainability in Procurement Fellows Program Application Deadline Extended to February 8

The Sustainability in Procurement Fellows program is extending its application deadline to Friday, February 8 at 5 p.m. EST, due to popular demand. As a government-wide program, the Fellowship is open to all Federal workers. It provides participants training and hands-on experience in leveraging procurement to increase organizational sustainability. If you are a program manager, acquisition workforce member, or sustainability practitioner interested in reducing costs while increasing environmental compliance and program efficiency, this fellowship is for you. 

2012 Better Buildings Federal Award Winner, Finalists for the 2013 Award

Energy-efficient products are an important component in overall building energy consumption. To recognize the Federal Government's largest year-over-year reduction in building energy use in 2012, FEMP awarded the 2012 Better Buildings Federal Award to the U.S. Department of Interior's Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility. The building achieved a 53.6% reduction in building energy intensity over its September 2011 baseline. Learn more about the winning building and the other finalists on the Better Buildings Federal Award page.

The finalists for the upcoming 2013 Better Buildings Federal Award include entries from the Department of Army, General Services Administration, Department of the Air Force, State Department, and the Department of Energy. Learn more at the Better Buildings Federal Award 2013 Competition page.

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