GSA Buildings – Test Bed for New ” Green ” Technologies

The Green Proving Ground program utilizes GSA’s real estate portfolio to test and evaluate innovative and underutilized sustainable building technologies and practices.

Findings will be used to support the development of GSA performance specifications and inform decision making within GSA, other federal agencies, and the real estate industry. The Program aims to drive innovation in environmental performance in federal buildings and help lead market transformation through deployment of new technologies.

For FY 2011, the agency will investigate forward leaning and emerging HVAC, lighting, metering, policy, power generation, building envelope, water, and solar water heating systems through enhanced measurement and verification.



GSA Green Technology Testbed


Source: – via premier cost estimating and project / document / and contract  management software for efficient / LEAN construction delivery methods: JOC, IPD, SABER, SATOC, MATOC, MACC, POCA, and BOA.

Obama Missing the Point on Sustainability?

President Obama’s  State of the Union Address calls for 80% clean power by 2035, but…  WHAT ABOUT ENERGY CONSERVATION!!!!

Clean energy is great, but likely a pipe dream.  Furthermore, none of the “renewable” energy sources will meet current demands and/or be deployable by 2035.

We need to get serious about implementing energy conservation measures and associated facility system upgrades.   It is no secret that existing building energy use can be reduced 30% to 50% by upgrading systems and adopting better utilization practices.

The real issues is that appropriate incentives and efficient  transparent project delivery methods are not being used.

The combination of objective facility assessments with efficient project delivery methods such as JOC – Job Order Contracting, and IPD – Integrated Project Design, associated mandates and financial incentives is sorely needed!

Time to stop talking and start acting?



Sustainability and High Performance Building Status in the Federal Sector – Executive Order 13514

Federal Agency Strategic

Sustainability Performance Plans

Continuing a commitment to lead by example, the White House released Federal Agency Strategic Sustainability Performance Plans on September 9, 2010, which work to achieve the environmental, economic and energy goals called for in the Executive Order on Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy and Economic Performance (Executive Order 13514) signed by President Obama on October 5, 2009.  This is the first time agencies have developed and submitted Sustainability Plans.

Under the Executive Order, Federal agencies were asked to develop, implement and annually update a plan that prioritizes actions based on a positive return on investment for the American taxpayer and to meet energy, water, and waste reduction targets.

Click on the links below to view individual agency Strategic Sustainability Performance Plans:

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

Broadcasting Board of Governors

Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Corporation for National and Community Service

Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency

Department of Agriculture

Department of Commerce

Department of Defense

Department of Education

Department of Energy

Department of Health and Human Services

Department of Homeland Security

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Department of Justice

Department of Labor

Department of State

Department of the Interior

Department of the Treasury

Department of Transportation

Department of Veterans Affairs

Environmental Protection Agency

Export-Import Bank of the US

Farm Credit Administration

Federal Housing Finance Agency

Federal Labor Relations Authority

Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission

Federal Trade Commission

General Services Administration

Institute of Museum and Library Services

Marine Mammal Commission

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

National Archives and Records Administration

National Capital Planning Commission

National Endowment for the Arts

National Endowment for the Humanities

National Labor Relations Board

National Mediation Board

National Science Foundation (2 parts):
Part 1
Part 2

Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board

Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission

Office of Personnel Management

Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Peace Corps

Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation

Railroad Retirement Board

Securities and Exchange Commission

Small Business Administration – plan will be posted soon

Smithsonian Institution

Social Security Administration

Tennessee Valley Authority

US Agency for International Development – plan will be posted soon

US Army Corps of Engineers

Office of Special Counsel

United States Postal Service

US Trade and Development Agency

Green – Sustainability – ARRA – Solution – JOB ORDER CONTRACTING

JOC / SABER – The Solution for ” GREEN ” , ” Sustainability “, and LEED EB

Sustainability and Green refer to the designing and maintaining the built environment to in concert with economic and ecological needs.

Federal agencies are required to achieve 30% energy and water reductions by 2015 and zero use of fossil fuel by 2030 with schools and municipalities facing similar requirements.

JOC ( Job Order Contracting ) and SABER ( Air Force equivalent of JOC ) are optimal methods for efficiently planning, bidding, and executing sustainability projects with the funding available from billions of dollars via the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act ( ARRA ).

Many “green” projects, however, suffer from poor planning and costly paperwork/contract documentation and project management issues largely associated with outdated contracting methods.

JOC – Job Order Contracting –  offers a remedy for EB (existing buildings) / LEED EB “ green “ renovation projects.

JOC – Job Order Contracting – allows the owner and contractor to work together from the beginning; scoping the project, and developing the plans thru specifications and requirements to completion of the sustainability / green renovation, repair or minor construction project(s), on time and within the approved budget.

If owners decide to go the LEED® certification route, they can review current conditions with contractors and discuss construction concerns and associated remedies to reach established targets – up-front – with a firm fixed price for each delivery order, prior to issuing a notice to proceed.

visit for more information on JOC / SABER / SATOC / MATOC / IDIQ / BOA / POCA ….

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