A new report suggests that Federal agencies may have to make significant process changes to meet the Energy Independence and Security Act’s (EISA) mandated 30% energy reduction in federal buildings by 2015. The report was produced by attendees of a workshop held by representatives of the Federal Facilities Council and private-sector organizations.

One recommended change is alteration of funding mechanisms by Congress. Appropriators and oversight committees need to recognize that previous funding patterns may need to change, as additional upfront funds may be needed to implement energy savings, but long-term costs will fall with lower energy expenditures.

To improve funding, the report suggests establishing a government-wide revolving fund for energy improvements and energy-efficient equipment purchases, to be funded in part by the energy savings agencies would realize from long-term improved energy efficiency efforts. The report also mentions the hope that agencies be given greater flexibility in managing their portfolios by selling unneeded assets and retaining funds to improve existing buildings. It says an integrated design process for both construction and renovations is essential.