Renewable Energy


Commercially available since the 1970s, photovoltaic (PV) technology converts energy from solar radiation directly into electricity using semiconductor materials. This overview is intended to provide specific details for Federal agencies considering photovoltaic technologies as part of a new construction project or major renovation.

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Balancing Security/Safety And Sustainability Objectives

This Resource Page provides designers with an understanding of the interactions between security/safety and sustainability objectives by emphasizing the 'whole building' or integrated design process, identifying areas of synergy and potential conflicts between sustainable and security/safety approaches, and highlighting sustainability opportunities within certain security/safety strategies.

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The National Institute of Building Sciences developed the WBDG-Whole Building Design Guide to foster communication and knowledge-sharing among federal, industry and academic partners to advance high-performing facilities.