What is GPG?
GSA’s Green Proving Ground (GPG) program is one of our initiatives to make our buildings more efficient and sustainable. GPG leverages our owned assets to perform real-world evaluations of the performance of emerging building technologies that save energy, water, and money. These evaluations are used to recommend deployment strategies for GSA and for the U.S. commercial building industry.
The program announced the first set of technologies to be studied in 2011. The GPG program now has 19 ongoing evaluation in buildings across the country. Thirteen results have been published to date. Results from these evaluations will continue to improve performance in our buildings while assisting industry in deploying new technologies and practices into the broader market.
Since the start of the program, GPG has released the following results:
- Synchronous and Cogged Fan Belts, March 2014
- Advanced power strips, September 2012
- Wireless sensor networks for data centers, March 2012
- Electrochromic and Thermochromic Windows, March 2014
- Vacuum Insulated Panels, March 2014
- High R Value Windows, October 2013
- Multistaged Indirect Evaporative Cooler, March 2014
- Variable Speed Mag-Lev Chiller, October 2013
- Variable Refrigerant Flow, December 2012
- Condensing Boilers, December 2012
On-Site Energy Generation
We continue to study sustainable technologies, and will be issuing more results.
As a result of previous Green Proving Ground studies, GSA will install more than 16,000 cost- and energy-saving advanced power strips in over eighty facilities across its portfolio, and wireless sensors networks in two GSA operated data centers.