Whole Building Design Guide

Federal Green Construction Guide for Specifiers
This is a guidance document with sample specification language intended to be inserted into project specifications on
this subject as appropriate to the agency's environmental goals. Certain provisions, where indicated, are required for
U.S. federal agency projects. Sample specification language is numbered to clearly distinguish it from advisory or
discussion material. Each sample is preceded by identification of the typical location in a specification section where
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it would appear using the SectionFormat of the Construction Specifications Institute.

SECTION 11450 – RESIDENTIAL EQUIPMENT
SPECIFIER NOTE:
resource management: Several green manufacturers produce super-efficient appliances and most
mainstream manufacturers now produce energy efficient models.
Some manufacturers have developed residential washers on the horizontal axis that require much less
water. When used in combination with ionizing washer disks, they can significantly reduced water usage
and pollution.
toxicity/IEQ: IAQ impact is comparable for green appliances and standard appliances. However, by
virtue of their improved energy efficiency, green appliances contribute far less contaminants to the
environment during their lifetime than due standard appliances.
performance: Obviously, energy efficient appliances require less energy to operate. Most perform the
task for which they were designed comparably to the standard designs which they replace. Federal Trade
Commission (FTC) regulations require appliances to be labeled indicating their energy performance (their
bright yellow EnergyGuide label).
Typically, horizontal axis washers are more efficient that top loading; and, top-bottom refrigerator/freezers
are more efficient than side-by-side refrigerators.
Recycling systems are available and include under-the-counter containers to separate recyclables. They
also include interior composting systems which are generally a variation of the standard garbage
disposal. In some designs, the composting chute empties to an externally accessible composting bin.
FEMP maintains product efficiency recommendations for a wide range of residential equipment including
appliances
and
mechanical
equipment;
refer
to
http://www.eere.energy.gov/femp/technologies/eep_eerecommendations.cfm

PART 1 - GENERAL
1.1

SUMMARY
A.

1.2

This Section includes:
1.
Refrigerators.
2.
Clothes Washers.
3.
Dishwashers.
4.
Freezers

SUBMITTALS
A.

Product data. Unless otherwise indicated, submit the following for each type of product
provided under work of this Section:

SPECIFIER NOTE:
Green building rating systems often include credit for materials of recycled content. USGBC-LEED™
v2.2, for example, includes credit for materials with recycled content, calculated on the basis of pre-

http://fedgreenspecs.wbdg.org

11/02/05

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Residential Equipment

Green building rating systems frequently include credit for local materials. Indicate relative dollar value of recycled content product to total dollar value of product included in project.2 includes credits for materials extracted/harvested and manufactured within a 500 mile radius from the project site.2 includes credit for water efficient landscaping and for water use reduction. EPA Energy Star categories include: appliances. 4. Dishwashers. http://fedgreenspecs. and recovery and the project site. 2. If recycled content product is part of an assembly.org Submit documentation for Energy Star qualifications for equipment provided under work of this Section. air pollution. indicate percentage of pre-consumer and postconsumer recycled content per unit of product. b. b. Clothes washers.Whole Building Design Guide Federal Green Construction Guide for Specifiers consumer and post-consumer percentage content. d. Local/Regional Materials: a. and lighting. Water efficiency: Indicate water consumption rates in gallons per day (gpd) per unit for the following: a. If recycled content product is part of an assembly. office equipment. c. 3. Indicate the percentage by weight of each component per unit of product. indicate relative dollar value of recycled content product to total dollar value of assembly. 11/02/05 11450 . Transportation impacts include: fossil fuel consumption. Reducing the aggregate water use of the facility by minimum 20 percent from baseline (not including irrigation) calculated as per the Energy Policy Act of 1992 fixture performance requirements contributes to LEED credit. and it includes credit for use of salvaged/recovered materials. residential equipment. indicate the percentage of recycled content product in the assembly by weight. however it may not have a significant impact on reducing the overall embodied energy of a building material because of efficiencies of scale in some modes of transportation. d. SPECIFIER NOTE: USGBC-LEED™ v2.wbdg. Manufacturing location(s): Indicate location of manufacturing facility. Sourcing location(s): Indicate location of extraction. c.2 Residential Equipment . Product Value: Indicate dollar value of product containing local/regional materials. Green Globes US also provides points for reused building materials and components and for building materials with recycled content. SPECIFIER NOTE: The EPA has developed minimum energy efficiency standards for Energy Star labeled products. and recovery. 1. Energy Efficiency: a. SPECIFIER NOTE: Specifying local materials may help minimize transportation impacts. Product Component(s) Value: Where product components are sourced or manufactured in separate locations. Green Globes US also provides points for materials that are locally manufactured. provide location information for each component. harvesting. include materials cost only. indicate distance between manufacturing facility and the project site. HVAC. Recycled Content: a. b. and labor. indicate distance between extraction. Indicate recycled content. USGBC-LEED™ v2. Limiting or eliminating the use of potable water for landscape irrigation can earn LEED credit. harvesting.

Limitations and conditions. 1. 3.1 EQUIPMENT A. 1. SPECIFIER NOTE: Identify special maintenance agreements. Indicate manufacturer’s commitment to reclaim materials for recycling and/or reuse. a. Thus. Overview of procedures. the manufacturer is obligated to reclaim it and refurbish it or disassemble it for recycling as appropriate. Appropriate contact information.3 Residential Equipment . applicable to the project. Operational Service: Provide manufacturer’s [maintenance agreement] [take-back program] [green lease] service for each type of equipment installed in project. Energy Efficiency: Provide Energy Star labeled products. Maintenance agreements are standard practice in the building industry. Service shall not landfill or burn reclaimed materials. C.3 MAINTENANCE A. the product manufacturer is responsible for the disposition of the product at all times. Dishwasher: SPECIFIER NOTE: Dishwashers: ENERGY STAR qualified dishwashers use up to 25 percent less energy than the federal minimum standard for energy consumption. Documentation of manufacturer’s [maintenance agreement] [take-back program] [green lease] for each type of equipment. 1.Whole Building Design Guide Federal Green Construction Guide for Specifiers B. but dramatic shift in the traditional perspective of leased equipment. PART 2 . if any. which means less energy is needed to heat it. Water Efficiency: Provide Energy Star labeled products. Full-sized ENERGY STAR qualified washers use 18-25 gallons of water per load. Clothes Washer: SPECIFIER NOTE: Clothes Washers: ENERGY STAR qualified washers use less water. Take-back programs refer to programs in which the product manufacturer “takes-back” scrap material and/or packaging associated with its product.PRODUCTS 2. C. 2. This has the potential to be cost effective for manufacturers and customers alike.org 11/02/05 11450 . Green leasing is a new. 1. 2. This approach necessitates a revision of administrative services. http://fedgreenspecs. Under a green lease. Refrigerator: SPECIFIER NOTE: Refrigerators: ENERGY STAR qualified models use at least 10 percent less energy than required by current federal standards. Service shall reclaim materials for recycling and/or reuse. It also requires a basic redesign of products in order to allow for future disassembly and upgrade. ENERGY STAR labeled commercial solid door refrigerators and freezers are up to 45 percent more efficient than standard commercial refrigeration equipment.wbdg. Energy Efficiency: Provide Energy Star labeled products. and 40 percent less energy than the conventional models sold in 2001. It is also extremely resource efficient. compared to the 40 gallons used by a standard machine. Include the following: 1. when the customer no longer requires the use of the particular product or requires an updated model. B. Submit environmental data in accordance with Table 1 of ASTM E2129 for products provided under work of this Section. Energy Efficiency: Provide Energy Star labeled products.

PART 3 . Energy Efficiency: Provide Energy Star labeled products. and 40 percent less energy than the conventional models sold in 2001.wbdg.org 11/02/05 11450 . and adjusted. Energy Efficiency: Provide Energy Star labeled products. Freezer: SPECIFIER NOTE: Freezers: ENERGY STAR qualified models use at least 10 percent less energy than required by current federal standards. END OF SECTION http://fedgreenspecs.EXECUTION 3. E. Energy Efficiency: Verify equipment is properly installed. Room Air Conditioner: SPECIFIER NOTE: Room Air Conditioners: ENERGY STAR qualified models use at least 10 percent less energy than required by current federal standards. 2. Coordinate with manufacturer for [maintenance agreement] [take-back program] [green lease]. Resource Management: 1. ENERGY STAR labeled commercial solid door refrigerators and freezers are up to 45 percent more efficient than standard commercial refrigeration equipment. 1.X SITE ENVIRONMENTAL PROCEDURES A. Verify that equipment is operating as specified.4 Residential Equipment . 1.Whole Building Design Guide Federal Green Construction Guide for Specifiers D. connected.