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Projects and Research

Projects of the Office are organized to move optimal green building technologies, strategies and practices into widespread Federal use through a progression from research to application in the field.

Climate Adaptation Policy and Planning
GSA recognizes the importance of a holistic Federal Government-wide approach to climate change adaptation and risk management planning. As part of its commitment and responsibilities under Executive Order 13514; Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance, GSA actively participates in the Agency Adaptation Planning Working Group (a sub group of the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force) and its mission to better prepare the Nation to respond and adapt to the impacts of climate change.

Demonstration Research Projects
The Energy Independence and Security Act requires GSA to carry out demonstration projects to examine how well green technologies and operational practices are working in a green building and how the Federal government can apply lessons learned to current and future building projects.

Energy Research into Practice
With the abundance of research and knowledge on energy reducing technologies, strategies, and practices, GSA developed a change management approach on how it can bring this knowledge to the field in ways that are accessible and useful for implementation in building operations, maintenance, and small-scale renovations.  

Facility Management Institute
The Facility Management Institute (www.FMI.gov) was launched by GSA to ensure transparency and foster collaboration and innovation within a facility management community of practice. FMI will also help Federal agencies implement the Federal Buildings Personnel Training Act of 2010.  This Act requires all personnel responsible for the operation and maintenance of Federal facilities to demonstrate compliance with a set of core competencies. Federal personnel covered by the Act should use GSA’s Core Competency Web Tool to evaluate their current training, develop a plan to fill gaps, and track progress over time. The Web Tool, a recorded training webinar, how-to guide and link to the Q&A forum (askFMI@gsa.gov) are available on the FMI website.

Green Building Advisory Committee
This Committee provides advice to the GSA Administrator to accelerate the successful transformation of the Federal building portfolio to sustainable technologies and practices.  The Committee will review the strategic approach, projects and activities of the Office in order to provide expertise and guidance on how the work of the Office may be better geared to ensure success in its government-wide greening mission.

Green Building Certification System Review
GSA is currently conducting a review of green building certification systems most likely to encourage a comprehensive and environmentally-sound approach to certification of green Federal buildings.  Every five years, GSA is required to provide a recommendation to the Secretary of Energy of a green building certification system most suitable for certifying green Federal buildings.  

GSA Green Roof Report: The Benefits and Challenges of Green Roofs on Public and Commercial Buildings
This recent report commissioned by the Office of Federal High Performance Green Buildings on green roofs includes a literature review of 200 research studies, in-depth analysis of green roof benefits, an original cost-benefit analysis, discussion of challenges and best practices, and assessment of further research needs. 

Research into Practice Program
The Research into Practice Program delivers actionable, evidence-based practices to people who can improve building performance.  It enables them to understand and adopt integrated solutions to achieve continuous high performance in buildings.

National Academy of Sciences’ Report “Achieving High-Performance Federal Facilities: Strategies and Approaches for Transformational Change
The Office commissioned a report from the National Academy of Sciences to advance strategic thinking and reforms to rapidly transform Federal facilities from status quo to genuine sustainability.  Based on this report, GSA is conducting a series of expert meetings with government and outside experts to identify actionable activities, ideas, strategies, issues, and opportunities within current practices and processes to transform Federal facilities into high-performance green buildings.

Sustainable Facilities Tool
The Sustainable Facilities Tool is a one-stop online resource to support decision-making regarding sustainable building principles, materials and systems. Targeted to help project personnel identify and prioritize cost-effective, sustainable strategies for small projects that do not normally engage workplace consultants or designers, the Sustainable Facilities Tool helps users understand and select environmentally preferable solutions for renovations, alterations and leases.


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