Biden Administration Announces Effort to Electrify Federal Buildings

On May 17, 2021, the Biden administration announced a multi-pronged effort to advance efficiency and electrification in federal government buildings. The Council on Environmental Quality is launching an interagency federal sustainability effort with the General Services Administration, Department of Energy, and the Environmental Protection Agency to develop the first-ever building performance standards (BPS) for the federal government. The BPS will establish metrics, targets, and tracking methods to reach federal carbon emissions goals. The administration also announced a number of public-private partnerships, such as a low-carbon buildings pilot project and a $30 million investment by the Department of Energy in job training for construction, retrofitting, and building electrification, as well as new ENERGY STAR standards to advance heat pump technology and fast chargers for electric vehicles.