Department of Energy

More Efficient Construction and Renovations in DC

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Ask Congress to Exempt Federal Facilities from the 1910 Height of Buildings Act. The Act states that buildings in the District of Columbia may not exceed the width of the adjacent street plus twenty feet, subject to a number of exceptions. This has limited the size of federal buildings, making them less energy efficient while increasing construction, renovation, and operations costs as large agencies must occupy multiple, often distant buildings. By exempting federal buildings, agencies could plan high-rise courtyard infill projects and in time concentrate their staffs in single central locations.

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