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Sustainable Buildings

Goal 2: Sustainable Buildings

The GSA Public Buildings Service (PBS) owns or leases 9,184 assets, comprised of more than
375.7 million square feet of workspace-an area roughly the size of the city of Mountain View, CA-for 1.1 million Federal employees, and is the caretaker for 481 preserved historic properties within their portfolio.

GSA remains committed to providing some of the most high-performing and efficient workspaces in the world; using energy from clean, renewable sources, whose development will contribute to economic recovery;  and ensuring that the planning, siting, and operation of GSA facilities fosters the development of more vibrant and sustainable local communities.  GSA will use its portfolio as a test-bed for new technologies and innovative practices, leveraging its unique position to create an efficient and productive workplace of the future.

Evaluation Measures and Successes

-In FY 2012, 10.8 percent of the GSA building inventory (government-owned  buildings and leased space) met the Guiding Principles for High Performance and Sustainable Buildings, exceeding the FY 2012 target of 10 percent. GSA continues to implement processes, procedures and tools to achieve the 2013 goals and is on track to achieve 18 percent compliance with the Guiding Principles by 2015, exceeding the Executive Order 13514 (EO13514) goal of 15 percent.

-More than 30 mandatory green lease paragraphs aligning with Guiding Principles compliance are incorporated in GSA leases, including requirements related to energy efficiency, systems commissioning,  water conservation, and indoor air quality.

-In FYs 2011 and 2012, GSA completed 33 Planning Outreach and Partnership (POP) Meetings with local governments and organizations across all 11 GSA Regions.

Planned Actions

-GSA will continue to assess new and innovative building efficiency technologies through the Green Proving Ground (GPG) Program. In FY 2013, the results from 12 innovative technologies chosen for assessment by the GPG in FY 2011 were completed. The GPG will also begin assessing 12 additional technologies chosen for review in FY 2012, and it will issue results for these technologies in FY 2014. In FY 2013, PBS is also identifying a strategy to deploy “proven” GPG technologies so that they can be implemented at scale across the GSA portfolio and across government.

-In FYs 2013 and 2014, GSA will work with each of the nine Client Portfolio Planning (CPP) agencies to understand their sustainability goals and work to support their efforts by providing solutions that reduce their rentable square feet of occupied space and their carbon footprint.

-GSA has implemented Green Teams in six regional office buildings representing both PBS and FAS (Regions 1, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11) and Central Office. The remaining regions are working towards implementing their Green Teams by the end of FY 2013. Currently, there are 57 Green Teams organized in customer locations and 20 teams that are in the planning phase. The goal is to increase the number of tenant agency Green Teams by two per region each year in FYs 2014 and 2015. GSA will tie appropriate Green Team activities to the Shave Energy Program in FY 2013, and it will introduce grass-roots Green Team development efforts to three national client agency representatives by the end of FY 2014. GSA will also conduct a pilot where it uses customer agency Green Teams to report metrics and improve efficiency in one of its facilities in FY 2014.

-By end of FY 2013, GSA will develop quantitative measures for evaluating location efficiency of GSA’s real estate portfolio and proposed locations for owned and leased facilities, along with support tools for decision-making. These measures evaluate the relative sustainability of a workplace location when compared to other locations throughout the same metropolitan region, based on residential density, accessibility by automobile, and accessibility by fixed-guideway transit. A composite index of these measures can be compared to other locations in the same metro area, to encourage improvement over the status quo when selecting new locations. In FY 2014, GSA will update these measures to enhance their capability to predict GHG implications of locations.


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