Advice Letters and Resolutions

The Green Building Advisory Committee provides independent policy advice and recommendations to GSA to increase the economic and operational performance of the Federal building portfolio and its positive impact on organizational effectiveness, human health and well being. Following are resolutions and advice letters approved by the Committee and presented to GSA. As the products of an independent advisory committee, these proposals may or may not be consistent with current GSA or other Federal agency policy.

 

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 - 159.01 KB]
    • GBAC EUI Proposal [PDF - 429.34 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 - 1.02 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 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.”
Last Reviewed 2017-04-12