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Demonstration Projects

GSA is dedicated to making Federal buildings healthy for people and the environment, while reducing the energy, water, material and financial resources these buildings consume.

GSA’s Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings conducts demonstration research projects, as directed in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, at selected Federal green buildings in order to:

  • test sustainable technologies and strategies;
  • identify best practices that are replicable and scalable;
  • develop benchmarks and performance metrics for building performance evaluation;
  • integrate data findings into GSA best practices, guidance, and policies;
  • disseminate research results government-wide and beyond. 

The Office's research spans topics of energy, water, materials and indoor environmental quality, working to answer questions ranging from how to optimize the performance of building technologies to how organizations can work most effectively with building occupants to meet their needs while improving buildings' energy, environmental and health performance.

Completed demonstration projects, with topics covered by them, include:

  • Living in a High-Performance Green Building: The Story of EPA's Region 8 Headquarters (June 2013)
    • Occupant experience, indoor environmental quality assessment, underfloor air distribution, data center energy use, indoor water use, workplace functionality, and green roof applications for the Denver climate
  • Strategies to Achieve Net Zero Energy: The Fort Carson Energy Research Project (September 2014)
    • Net zero energy strategies covering daylighting and lighting, energy retrofits, envelope design, and occupant behavior

The Office is currently working on other demonstration projects that cover the following research topics:

  • Integrated Project Delivery and Performance Contracting: Examining GSA's use of integrated project delivery and performance contracting at three GSA high-performance green building projects to link outcomes with decisions made during the design and construction processes

  • Indoor Light and Human Health: Assessing building occupant experience of light to identify health outcomes linked to measured light exposure