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  • Tools & Training

    This section covers and links to systems, methods, databases, calculators, checklists, etc. designed to help Federal officials and their partners ac...
  • Best Practices & Case Studies

    One of the best ways to learn and make the case for high-performance building innovations is to point to others’ experience in implementing th...
  • Flexible Workplace Design

    Today’s workplaces are often in flux. Organizations change direction or develop new services. People move to new sp...

  • Energy Management Systems (EnMS)

    Energy Management Systems (EnMS) are a set of business processes that enable facility managers to act on energy usage data and optimize eff...

  • Life Cycle Approach

    Materials and resources all have environmental, social and economic impacts beyond just their "use" phase in a project. Analyzing these environmenta...
  • Spatial Equity

    Organizations today are less hierarchical and work is more team based, more mobile, and more cross functional. A key to spatial equity is that sp...

  • What is Sustainability

    Sustainability is best thought of as a process, rather than an end state. Sustainability means to create and maintain conditions that balance the ec...
  • Energy & Atmosphere

    Buildings and facilities rely on the operation of mechanical systems and electrical systems to maintain a high level of indoor environmental qual...

  • Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ)

    Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) is most simply described as the conditions inside the building. It includes air quality, but also access to da...

  • Materials & Resources

    In the construction and day-to-day operations of buildings, many materials and resources are used and a great deal of waste is generated. The m...

  • Water Efficiency

    Buildings are significant users of the Earth’s freshwater supply. The goal of a responsible building operator should be to encourage a sma...

  • Overview

    Individual sustainability projects should support strategic long-term goals. Here you can explore practical approaches to strategic long-term planni...
  • Buildings' Energy Use

    Buildings represent about 76% of electricity use and 40% of U.S. primary energy use, making it essential to reduce energy consumption to reduce cost...
  • Recycling Bottles

    Recycling a single plastic bottle can conserve enough energy to light a 60-watt bulb for up to 6 hours.

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  • Occupant Comfort

    Comfortable workers are more likely to be productive and engaged with their work than those who struggle to work in spaces that create barriers and ...
  • Health

    Good health has both physical and psychological components. Being healthy means the absence of disease and illness, as well as feeling posi...

  • Integrative Design Process

    Integrative thinking looks for synergies among strategies - strategies that enhance one another. It also looks for strategies that, taken together, ...
  • Project Guidance

    For each project there is a selection of issues and questions you should consider before selecting specific materials or products. This will help...

  • Materials, Furniture, and Furnishings Replacement

    Daily wear and tear means that materials, furniture and furnishings require periodic replacement.

  • Space Reconfiguration and Renovation Projects

    As needs change over time, tenants often need to convert space or phase the conversion of individual space or rooms to meet these changing needs....

  • Under 10,000 SF Interiors Gut Rehab Project

    This page provides Sustainable Strategies to consider as a space has or will undergo a major tenant gut rehab for projects under 10,000 SF.

  • Building Systems Upgrades

    This page details Sustainable Strategies to consider as your space undergoes a building system upgrade to improve energy, water use, and occupant co...
  • Building Operations and Maintenance Services

    Follow these sustainable strategies as your space renovations are complete and the building and interiors are operated in an environmentally sustai...
  • Environmental Programs

    Environmental programs, both federal and third party, help buyers identify products and services with posit...

  • Using Acquisition Life Cycle Tools

    Guidance on how government tools and resources can be utilized during each phase of the procurement life cycle.
  • Net Zero Energy

    Net Zero Energy means that a building balances its energy needs with energy produced from renewable, zero-emission sources.  While Net Zero Ene...
  • Plug Loads

    Plug loads refer to energy used by equipment that is plugged into an outlet. In an office, key plug loads include computer and monitors, printers...

  • Department of Defense (DoD) Sustainable Product Purchasing

    The Department of Defense (DoD) established a sustainable product purchasing program to enhance and sustain mission readiness through...

  • Policies & Strategies

    This section is devoted to the broad policies and strategies covering the whole government or entire agencies, services or bureaus, which set the co...
  • Sustainability Program Development

    Sustainability Programs incorporate all building stakeholders into the design process, promoting awareness, goal development, implementation, acc...

  • Other Useful GPC Links

    Useful links related to the Green Procurement Compilation (GPC).
  • LED Price Drop

    LED prices have dropped rapidly in recent years.  They are now more lifecycle cost effective than fluorescents in every lighting application...

  • Building Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)

    Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) accounts for approximately 44% of commercial building energy use.Source: U.S....
  • Building Plug Loads

    Plug loads can average approximately 30% of electricity use in office settings, much of which can be attributed to parasitic loads (power draw of a ...
  • Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs)

  • The Importance of Daylight

    While many people prefer to be in spaces with abundant daylight, a critical question is to what extent the benefits of daylight matter to those who ...
  • Biophilic Design

    Learn why nature is so important to us, what we know about the benefits of nature, and how biophilia is being applied in buildings, particularly in ...
  • Executive Order 13834: Efficient Federal Operations

    EO 13834 was issued on May 17, 2018.
  • Enhancing Health with Indoor Air

    Four key levers to enhance health and performance by improving indoor air.

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  • IT Equipment

    Office equipment, such as computers and display monitors, can be energy intensive. Many newly manufactured computers and monitors are ENERGY STAR...
  • Decorative / Accent Lighting

    Decorative / accent lighting is designed to illuminate special architectural features or artwork. Decorative / accent lighting fixtures typically u...
  • Frozen Yogurt

    Frozen yogurt and soft-serve ice cream dispensers must maintain low temperatures all the time to provide a consistent product quality and freshness....
  • Reach in Refrigeration

    Refrigerated cooler units can house chilled beverages, salads, and other pre-packaged foods. Units with doors are more efficient than those that ar...
  • Salad Bar

    Open display counters often house salad components, pre-made items, and ingredients for made-to-order items (see also Hot Food Service). Select equ...
  • Soup Station

    Soups are kept at a constant temperature in urns that use electricity to heat coils around a container, or heat water into steam. Make sure units c...
  • Cool Food Prep Area

    Surfaces used for food preparation should be easy to clean and anti-microbial. A sink should be within close proximity for both ...
  • Incandescent

    Incandescent lights are becoming obsolete and are no longer produced in the U.S. Although inefficient, they possess a number of other key performanc...
  • Under Counter Refrigeration

    Under-counter refrigeration units should have fully-gasketed doors to fully contain the cold air within, and walls should be adequately insulated. W...
  • High-Efficiency Urinal (HEU)

    High-Efficiency urinals have a maximum water use of 0.125 gallons per flush (gpf) (1 pint per flush). Also included are waterless urinals which ...
  • Kitchen Exhaust Hoods

    Kitchen exhaust hoods are a large energy consumer in cafeteria spaces. Significant amounts of energy can be conserved by utilizing transfer air – co...
  • Occupancy-Control Device

    Occupancy control can save a great deal of energy as it energizes outlets only when users are present and de-energizes them when the space is vacan...
  • Oven

    Convection ovens are common in food service. Look for equipment that carries the Energy Star label for energy efficiency.Walk-in and reach-in freezers should have fully-gasketed doors to fully contain the cold air within, and walls should be adequat...
  • Refrigerator

    Walk-in and reach-in refrigeration units should have fully-gasketed doors to fully contain the cold air within, and walls should...
  • Dish Washing Station

    Dish washing stations consist of multiple-compartment sinks or basins with faucets and pre-wash sprayers as well as high-tempera...
  • Conventional Faucet

    Conventional faucets are those that pre-date Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPAct 1992) and use 2.5 or more gallons of water per minute gpm.

  • Conventional Toilets

    Conventional toilets are those that pre-date Energy Policy Act of  1992 (EPAct 1992) and use 3.5 or more gallons of water per flush.
  • Conventional Shower

    Conventional showerheads are those that pre-date Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPAct 1992) and use 3.5 or more gallons of water per minute gpm.
  • Conventional Urinal

    Conventional urinals are those that pre-date Energy Policy Act of  1992 (EPAct 1992) and use 1.5 or more gallons of water per flush.
  • Pasta Cooker

    Pasta cookers use a large vat of boiling water to cook individual portions of pasta in small metal baskets. These units use ener...
  • Deep Fryer

    Deep Fryers require energy to heat oil to high temperatures. They also require ventilation directly above the equipment and specialized suppression ...
  • Hot Food Holding Cabinets

    Warming cabinets can be stationary or mobile carts that are plugged into convenience outlets, and generally have multiple racks to keep several tray...
  • Low-Flow Toilets

    Low-flow toilets are based upon the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPAct 1992) and use 1.6 or less gallons of water per flush (gpf).  Relative to...
  • Automatic Low-Power State

    The first, and in some cases most effective, control method is a built-in, automatic low-power state functionality such as standby or sleep. Some ma...
  • Fluorescent (including CFL)

    Fluorescent lights are more efficient and last longer than incandescent lights, but they are becoming obsolete as they are replaced in the market by...
  • Low-Flow Urinal

    Low-flow urinals are based upon the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPAct 1992) and use 1.0 or less gallons of water per flush (gpf). Relative to ear...
  • Ceiling Fans

    Ceiling fans can offer occupants the ability to control ambient comfort without making adjustments to the room, zone, or building mechanical system....
  • Low-flow Faucet

    Low-flow faucets are based upon the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPAct 1992) and use aerators to restrict the flow of water to 2.2 gallons of wate...
  • Hot Pre-Made Food Pick Up

    Pre-made pick-up stations (sometimes referred to as "grab-and-go") requires food to be maintained for periods of time at a certain temperature. The...
  • Low-Flow Shower

    Low-Flow showerheads are based upon the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPAct 1992) and use 2.5 gallons of water per minute gpm. Relative to earlier ...
  • Low-Flow Faucet

    Low-flow faucets are based upon the Energy Policy Act of 1992 (EPAct 1992) and use aerators to restrict the flow of water to 2.2 gallons of wate...
  • Aluminum Frame

    Window frames are one component of a window assembly. In naturally ventilated buildings window frames allow the window to be opened to bring in fre...
  • Hot to Order Food

    Certain food items are often prepared to-order in front of patrions. These stations are often composed of cooking equipment behind a counter that i...
  • LED

    Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights have become the most energy efficient and most life...
  • Air Hand Drying

    Air-based hand drying utilizes high speed air and/or warm air to remove or evaporate water from a user’s hands. The high-speed air systems are sl...