GSA Seeks Comments on Green Building Certification

June 30, 2012
The General Services Administration (GSA) will issue a recommendation in the fall on whether the federal government should: (1) continue using a third-party certification system as the primary federal standard for energy-saving green buildings; and (2) determine if other certification systems, besides LEED, should be accepted. To help guide its recommendation, GSA is holding a virtual listening session on July 10 at 2:00 pm ET seeking comments on its Green Building Certification System Report (see bottom of website). If you would like to participate, you must register by July 3 and can do so by clicking here. Topics for discussion include:
  • The EISA§436(h) report evaluating green building certification systems.
  • Interrelationships among green building certification systems and recently promulgated green building standards (i.e. ASHRAE 189.1 and the IGCC).
  • Federal high performance building design, construction and operations requirements.
  • Proposed revisions to the High Performance and Sustainable Building Guiding Principles.
  • Metrics to inform building performance tracking and reporting.
  • Consideration of cost effectiveness: how high performance in buildings can reduce the total cost of ownership.
For a more detailed list of topics for discussion, click here. For more information, contact Jimmy Christianson at 703-837-5325 or
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