What is GPG?

GSA’s Green Proving Ground (GPG) program began in 2011 as an innovative response to Executive Order 13514, and continues in support of Executive Order 13693, Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade issued 19 March 2015. To meet our target sustainability goals and enable the realization of net zero buildings, federal agencies must develop effective ways of reducing energy use, water consumption, and carbon emissions. GPG leverages GSA’s real estate portfolio to test innovative building technologies and provide recommendations on their deployment. By evaluating technologies in the pre- or early-commercial stages of development, GPG facilitates and accelerates the transition between bench-scale technology and commercial viability.

2015, GREEN PROVING GROUND, GSA drives building performance beyond business-as-usual. GSA buildings are 39% more efficient than typical U.S. commercial buildings.Federal mandates continue to require increased efficiency. ENERGY INDEPENDENCE AND SECURITY ACT, 2007—30% REDUCTION IN EUI BY 2015 (COMPARED TO 2003) EXECUTIVE ORDER 13693—2.5% ANNUAL REDUCTION IN EUI THROUGH 2025 (COMPARED TO 2015). Innovation in building technologies is critical for GSA to achieve its long-term sustainability goals. But 4 out of 5 technologies fail to cross the technological valley of death andachieve market acceptance because of the risk they pose to early adopters.GPG bridges the technological valley of deathaccelerating market acceptance. Identifying promising technologies at the edgeof commercialization.Piloting technology installations within GSA’s vastreal estate portfolio. Partnering with Department of Energy nationallaboratories to evaluate real-world performance. Recommending technologies with broaddeployment potential. GPG technology deployments to date:66% of annual EUI reduction goal; deployed in 15% of GSA-owned portfolio.4 technologies, 215 locations, 154,000 MMBTU/YR savings, 1.6% reduction in annual EUI.

 

The Green Proving Ground program leverages GSA’s real estate portfolio to test innovative building technologies and provide recommendations on their deployment.

 

Last Reviewed 2016-07-11