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Best Practices, Tools and Software for Federal Buildings

The Federal Buildings Initiative (FBI) works with federal organizations to help them implement successful retrofit projects. These best practices, tools and software can help you get your new building or retrofit project off the ground.

Best Practices

Best Practices for Energy Management in Federal Buildings
These best practices were written for federal building owners and managers who are implementing retrofit projects.

Energy Management Plan
This is a helpful tool that can help you gain insight into your organization’s approach to energy efficiency.

Energy Performance Contracting Process
This tool walks you through the various phases and activities of energy performance contracting. Simply click on an underlined word to see the glossary definition.

FBI Frequently Asked Questions
This FAQ provides answers and questions that relate to energy management in federal buildings.

Tools and Software

CanMOST – Canadian Motor Selection Tool
This tool estimates the energy consumption of your motors.

Boiler Efficiency Calculator
This calculator helps managers quickly analyze the efficiency of boiler operations associated with heating and steam plants fired by natural gas and fuel oil.

EE4 Version 1.7
This verification software tool evaluates whether the expected energy performance of the building is at least 25 percent better than the Model National Energy Code for Buildings (MNECB) requirement. You can use this tool when submitting a project for Natural Resources Canada's (NRCan’s) validation of new building designs.

ENERGY STAR® Simple Savings Calculator
This calculator is designed to show the direct economic and environmental benefits of purchasing an energy-efficient product. It can compare the costs of purchasing multiple energy-efficient products with those of conventional products.

Gigajoule and Energy Intensity Calculator
This calculator converts your energy consumption into gigajoules and then calculates your building's energy intensity.

LEED Canada – Green Building Rating System
LEED is a third-party certification program and an internationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.

RETScreen® Clean Energy Project Analysis Software
This software evaluates the technical and financial viability of various renewable-energy and energy-efficient Technologies (RETs)

Screening Tool for New Building Design
With this tool, you can quickly estimate the energy performance of a proposed building design relative to the MNECB and the rules established by NRCan.

Simple Payback Calculator (Lighting)
This calculator estimates return on lighting investments.

Swift This is a design tool that uses an hour-by-hour energy balance to calculate building ventilation loads and predict the thermal performance of one or more SolarWall® systems planned for the building. It may also be used to estimate the cost of the system, the fuel cost savings available from its operation and the economics of investing in it.