Advice Letters and Resolutions

The Green Building Advisory Committee provides independent policy advice and recommendations to GSA’s Office of Federal High-Performance Buildings, as required by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA), to improve Federal buildings (assets, operations, use, and resilience) to enhance human health and performance, and safeguard social, economic, and environmental security. As the products of an independent advisory committee, these proposals may or may not be consistent with current GSA or other Federal agency policy. Mention of any product, service or program herein does not constitute endorsement.

Approved October 24, 2017:

Approved November 17, 2016:

  • Advice Letter and Report: Recommendations for the Adoption of Model High Performance Leasing Provisions
  • Advice Letter and Report: Recommendations for the Adoption of New Energy Use Intensity Metrics
    • GBAC EUI Cover Letter [PDF - 159 KB]
    • GBAC EUI Proposal [PDF - 429 KB]
    • In support of this recommendation, the Pacific Northwest National Lab (PNNL) conducted a study, "The Influence of Occupancy on Building Energy Use Intensity and the Utility of an Occupancy-Adjusted Performance Metric", posted here.

Approved April 28, 2016:

  • Advice Letter: Strategic Portfolio Planning for Sustainability, Resilience, and Footprint Consolidation
    • GBAC Port Prioritize Advice Letter [PDF - 1 MB]
    • In support of this recommendation, the National Academy of Sciences’ Federal Facilities Council conducted two workshops entitled “Strategically Incorporating Sustainability, Resilience, and Footprint Consolidation in Portfolio Planning”. See here [pdf] for more information.

Approved September 10, 2014:

  • Advice Letter: Recommendations for the Adoption of Net Zero Energy Buildings by All Federal Agencies

Approved November 12, 2013:

  • Resolution: Cost of Carbon in Portfolio Decision Making
    • "All federal building investment, design, construction, retrofit and location decisions should incorporate the social cost of carbon, including carbon from energy use and embedded in materials. The cost of carbon referenced should be the most current calculation as updated by the US Office of Management and Budget.”
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