GSA and other Commercial Real Estate Green Issues


GSA Green

GSA has entered into more than 8,500 private sector leases in 7,100 locations nationwide. At 177.5 million square feet, leased space comprises more than half of our total portfolio square footage.

·         GSA Green Lease Policies and Procedures – Projects of 10,000 RSF and above must meet the requirements of LEED®-NC (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for New Construction) Silver level (minimum).

·         Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings – established to provide guidance on green leasing. 


Commercial Real Estate Green Issues:

·         Sample Procurement Language (word document)

·         Sample Text to Incorporate ENERGY STAR® into Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Activity Worksheets (word Document)


Design Documents

·         Veterans Administration Office of Construction & Facilities Management

o       HVAC Design Manual for Regional Office Projects


Public Companies

  • McGraw Hill
  • IBM –
    • Improving business through smart energy and environment policy (PDF) describes a framework helps identify and prioritize environmental efforts by breaking down problems and opportunities into seven distinct business areas, which can then be segmented into manageable projects
    • Tivoli Energy Management in the Enterprise (Effective energy management video demo) integrating both IT and Non-IT systems for energy efficiency
    • Rich Lechner, IBM's VP of Energy & Environment on energy, sustainability and the Smart Planet (video)  To the extent that people are at infrastructure operational walls (energy and HVAC), slowing energy growth may postpone the need for infrastructure expansion – reducing both operating costs as well as capital investment. 
    • Green SigmaTM Coalition (Press Release) – members are Johnson Controls, Honeywell Building Solutions, ABB, Eaton, ESS, Cisco, Siemens Building Technologies Division, Schneider Electric and SAP.  Green Sigma™ is an IBM solution that applies Lean Six Sigma principles and practices to energy, water, waste and GHG emissions throughout a company's operations -- transportation systems, data centers and IT systems, manufacturing and distribution centers, office facilities, retail space, research and development sites. It combines real-time metering and monitoring with advanced analytics and dashboards that allow clients to make better decisions about energy and water usage, waste and GHG emissions to improve efficiency, lower costs and reduce environmental impact.