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Highlights of US General Services Administration - GSA’s 2018 report: The Impact of High-Performance Buildings

Posted By ASC, Monday, October 15, 2018
Updated: Friday, October 12, 2018

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This report demonstrates how “GSA’s high-performance buildings save energy, save water, cost less to operate, produce less waste, and have more satisfied occupants compared with typical buildings.”

To better understand Federal Policy in the areas of High Performance Buildings it is helpful to review agency, policy hierarchy and reference standards.

In December of 2007 Congress authorized the Office of Federal High Performance Buildings under the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) . The Office works to promote, coordinate and stimulate efficient building across the entire Federal government; that includes 400,000 owned and leased buildings containing over 3 billion square feet of space.  Various Executive Orders regarding requirements for Federal buildings evolved from ESIA.

GSA Hierarchy of Polices, Committee Structure, Guiding Principles, Standards and Tools for High Performance Buildings... SEE ILLUSTRATION



Key Findings of the Report
The study included 200 buildings over a three-year period, and is the first to combine an internal analysis of GSA buildings with comparisons to industry-accepted benchmarks

GSA is leveraging the results of this study to promote cost savings, technology advancement, and operational excellence in our nation’s federal buildings. Data collection efforts and publications of these findings are intended to demonstrate how federal, state and local agencies as well as the private sector can understand the benefits of tracking building performance and using the resulting data to drive building-and portfolio-level decisions.

Note: “In this study, high-performance buildings are federally-owned, GSA-managed buildings that meet the Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings. Legacy stock buildings are federally-owned, GSA-managed buildings that have not been upgraded to meet the Guiding Principles.”

Data for five metrics were collected...

 

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