Green Lease Policies and Procedures

GSA promotes government-wide efforts to create green, sustainable buildings. To support this work, GSA issued the Realty Services Letter, RSL-2007-12, Green Lease Policies and Procedures for Lease Acquisition and RSL-2010-2, Energy Star® Requirement for Lease Acquisition, and LAC 2011-13, Sustainability update.

RSL-2007-12 outlines policy to implement energy and environmental leasing requirements. This policy incorporates modified and additional green language for all leases. The letter also provides accompanying policy in accordance with Executive Order 13423, Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy and Transportation Management, and the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

RSL-2010-02 implements the Energy Star requirement of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) for Lease Acquisition.  Section 435 of EISA mandates that no Federal agency enter into a leasing contract on or after December 19, 2010, for a building that has not earned the Energy Star label in the most recent year, unless the space requirement is in compliance with specific exceptions provided in the EISA statute.  If a building will not have an Energy Star label in accordance with one of the exceptions in the EISA statute, the successful offeror must nevertheless renovate the space for all energy efficiency and conservation improvements that would be cost effective over the life of the lease.

LAC 2011-13 Strengthens requirements for green lease language in accordance with EO13514 and revises the Energy Star requirements to allow certain buildings ineligible for a current Energy Star because of occupancy issues to be considered as having the Energy Star label for lease award purposes.

LAC 2015-02 This Lease Acquisition Circular (LAC) issues lease policy implementing the PBS Key Sustainable Products (KSP) initiative announced by Commissioner Norm Dong in December 2014, in order to identify consistent PBS-wide environmental requirements for products that PBS, its lessors, and its contractors purchase most frequently.

While there is no separate "green lease" for special leases, there are additional requirements in the RLP and lease for lease construction and for customers seeking the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED-CI) certification.

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Potential Cost Effective Energy Efficiency and Conservation Improvements for Leased Buildings

RSL-2007-12  Green Lease Policies and Procedures for Lease Acquisition

  • Attachment 1 - Green Lease Policies and Procedures for Lease Acquisition
  • Attachment 2 - Solicitation Paragraphs with New and Revised Green Lease Text
  • Attachment 3 - Instructions for Use of Green Lease Solicitation Paragraph Reference Chart
  • Attachment 4 - Unrevised SFO (Green Lease) Paragraphs Reissued
  • SFO Paragraph Reference Chart.

RSL-2010-2  Energy Star® Requirement for Lease Acquisition

  • Attachment 1 - Instructions -Energy Star Requirement for Leases
  • Attachment 2 - Solicitation for Offers (SFO) Paragraphs for Energy Star Requirement
  • Attachment 3 - SFO Paragraphs for Leases Under the Simplified Lease Acquisition    Threshold (SLAT)

LAC-2011-13  Sustainability Update

LAC-2015-02  PBS Key Sustainable Products (KSP)

To provide sound guidance on green leasing, GSA has established the Office of Federal High Performance Green Buildings. This office serves as a resource and coordination point for all federal green building initiatives, including leased office and work space.

Last Reviewed 2015-09-01