Guiding Principles for High-Performance and Sustainable Buildings - Getting Started, and Guiding Principle I: Employ Integrated Assessment, Operation, and Management Principles  

Course ID: 
1 Hour
AIA Learning Units: 
1.0 LU | HSW
1.0 CE
LEED Category: 
Sustainable Sites
0.10 CEU
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In this course, you will learn strategies to prepare to meet the Guiding Principles compliance requirements and specifically understand the recommended evidence of compliance for all the Guiding Principles and specifically for Guiding Principle I.

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) uses the Guiding Principles to score federal agencies' progress and compliance within the Green Buildings category on annual agency scorecards.

This course is divided into two parts. The first part covers the background, definitions, and preparations needed to document and implement actions to ensure compliance with the Guiding Principles. The second part covers Guiding Principle I: Employ Integrated Assessment, Operation, and Management Principles, including environmental management systems, assessments and operations, building occupant education and surveys, and commissioning.


Sarah Jensen, Federal Energy Management Program   

Ms. Jensen works to help agencies identify and implement sustainable building strategies and co-chairs the Interagency Sustainability Working Group (ISWG) with GSA. She most recently served as deputy director and environmental counsel for the Green the Capitol Office for the U.S. House of Representatives. She received a bachelor's degree in mass communications from James Madison University and a juris doctorate degree in energy, environment, and natural resources law from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark University.

Learning Objectives

Upon completing this course, you will learn to:

  • Prepare for sustainable operations and maintenance practices in the areas of energy efficiency, water conservation, indoor environmental quality, materials and waste management, and environmentally-preferable building materials;
  • Plan to baseline and benchmark facilities and establish implementation plans and metrics to comply with the Guiding Principles, and recognize ways to document decision points and opportunities to implement sustainable strategies;
  • Establish solid environmental management systems, measurement and verification systems including Commissioning, integrated team strategies, occupant outreach, education, and satisfaction surveys; and
  • Document meeting the Guiding Principle requirements through conformance with the recommended evidence of compliance.

NOTE: On March 19, 2015, President Obama signed Executive Order 13693: Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade. E.O. 13693 supersedes E.O. 13423 and E.O. 13514 in authority.