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Buildings, ESPC Initiative Schedule, and Regional & Local Planning

In FY 2011, eight percent of the GSA building inventory (government-owned buildings and leased space) met the Guiding Principles for Federal Leadership in High Performance and Sustainable Buildings, exceeding the FY 2011 target of seven percent. GSA continues to implement processes, procedures and tools to achieve the 2012 and 2013 goals and is on track to achieve 18 percent compliance with the Guiding Principles by 2015, exceeding the Executive Order 13514 (EO 13514) goal of 15 percent.

In FY 2011, GSA reduced energy usage per square foot by 19.2 percent from FY 2003 levels in its buildings that are subject to the Energy Independence and Security Act 2007 (EISA 2007), ahead of its target of 18 percent. GSA is committed to reducing energy intensity in EISA 2007 subject buildings by 37.5 percent from FY 2003 levels by FY 2020. In FY 2011, GSA’s improved performance compared to FY 2003 contributed to avoided annual costs for the agency of $62.5 Million. This savings represents the additional utility cost GSA would be paying if GSA’s energy usage per square foot was still at FY 2003 levels. In addition, 15.8 percent of GSA’s electricity came from renewable sources in FY 2011, well ahead of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT 2005) target of five percent and GSA’s internal target of 12 percent.

In FY 2012, GSA initiated its Deep Energy Retrofit Program in which it will enter into Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) with energy service companies in order to achieve the maximum energy savings possible in 30 federal buildings, totaling nearly 17 million square feet. These retrofits will come at no net cost to the taxpayer; rather, they are paid for through energy savings over time. The results of this challenge—to triple the typical energy savings compared to typical ESPCs—will support the President’s Performance Contracting Challenge, and help other agencies in their achievement of their commitments to this initiative.

In its FY 2011 SSPP, GSA committed to conducting 11 planning outreach and partnership meetings with local jurisdictions nationwide by July of 2012. GSA has significantly exceeded its target and will have completed 33 of these meetings by July; GSA will also conduct 11 additional meetings by July 2013. Topics covered during these meetings include issues of mutual interest, including transit connections; federal participation in local community efforts; identifying opportunities to leverage federal grants; and how future GSA actions could support local development. The meetings held so far have been very successful in opening lines of friendly communication and in addressing a number of urban development issues of mutual interest.


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