Guidance and Tools



In accordance with the U.S. Department of the Interior requirements, Reclamation has developed the ReclamationGuiding Principles Checklist for New Construction (RGPC - NC) and the Reclamation Guiding Principles Checklist for Existing Buildings (RGPC - EB) as tools for assessing and documenting compliance with each of the Guiding Principle requirements.  The checklists document completion of sustainable building assessments and the associated level of compliance with the Guiding Principles.

In addition to the Guiding Principles, Federal laws such as the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct) and the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) stipulate energy use, water use, metering, commissioning and leasing requirements, among others, for new and renovated Federal facilities.  These legal requirements either compliment, or are in addition to, the Guiding Principles and are required based on facility attributes.  The following “decision guides” can help managers, and project and design determine the sustainability requirements of a particular building or structure.

Sustainable Design Decision Guide - Buildings

Sustainable Design Decision Guide - Structures

Additional Resources

Reclamation has an internal SharePoint site with additional tools and resources for Reclamation employees. 


Last Updated: 2/16/17