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in the Green Procurement Compilation

Learn & Plan Topics

  • 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...

  • Keys to Success

    Sustainable design, construction, operation, and renovation are best thought of as an integrated process, rather than a collection of things. The pr...
  • 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.

  • Using Acquisition Lifecycle Tools

    Guidance on how government tools and resources can be utilized during each phase of the procurement lifecycle.
  • 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...
  • 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 green building innovations is to point to others’ experience in implementing these innovat...
  • Other Useful GPC Links

    Useful links related to the Green Procurement Compilation (GPC).
  • Verifying Delivery of Sustainable Products and Services

    This module is intended for the acquisition workforce to help verify contractor compliance with sustainability requirements specified in contracts.
  • 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 ...

Green Products

Compost Toilet

A composting toilet is an alternative to a traditional flushing toilet. Composting toilets are not common in commercial buildings; however, they are becoming a more common environmentally preferred option as they use less potable water, if any. Composting toilets use an aerobic process to break down waste by using little or no water. There are two types of composting toilets: self-contained and split units – both designed to prevent fixture odors.

See Waterless/Dry/Nonwater Fixtures.

Whole Building Systems

  • Water - Green Tips Impact

    Replace any piping or fittings that contain lead.

  • IEQ - Green Tips

    Limit the use of products containing volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Specify low or no-VOC alternatives.

  • Solid Waste - FAR Subpart 23.4

    FAR Subpart 23.4 – Use of Recovered Materials and Biobased Products: This policy governs the use of products containing recovered materials an...

  • Lighting - Materials

    Choosing lamps and fixtures with long lives not only saves on maintenance costs but reduces waste that might otherwise go to the landfill. Fluoresce...

  • Water - Greywater Reuse

    Greywater is the water stemming from processes such as showers, hand basins, or kitchen sinks but does not contain any human waste. Reusing greywate...

  • Solid Waste - EPA’s Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    EPA’s Reduce, Reuse, Recycle site links to federal regulations and resources to properly recycle batteries, mercury-containing products, carpe...

  • IEQ - Entryway Systems

    Entryway dirt capture systems serve to isolate contaminants that would otherwise be carried into the interior space, leading to decreased IAQ, cosme...

  • Submetering - System Specific Maintenance

    Submetering systems must be installed and maintained properly by trained and motivated O&M staff to achieve the design performance objectives. O...

  • Water - Plumbing Fixtures

    High efficiency plumbing fixtures (toilets, urinals, faucets, and showers) can lead to significant water savings. FEMP BMP #6 gives some guidance on...

Materials

  • Composting Toilets

    Composting toilets use an aerobic process to break down waste by using little or no water. There are two types of composting toilets: [self-con...
  • High-Efficiency Toilets

    High-Efficiency toilets are those that use 1.28 or less gallons of water per flush gpf. Also included are composting toilets which require litt...
  • Systems Furniture

    Systems furniture is frequently used in open office areas because of its flexibility in being reconfigured and rearranged. It is generally comprised...
  • Task Seating

    Task seating is exceptionally important in open offices because of the amount of time employees spend here. It should hold a third party certificati...
  • Fluorescent (including CFL)

    Fluorescent lights do not give off as much heat, can be highly efficient and have a long useful life. However, they contain mercury and typically ar...
  • Light Emitting Diode (LED)

    LEDs bulbs use a mix of red, green, and blue LEDs to make white light, which it then emits in a specific direction. They do not contain mercury, are...
  • Millwork Panels

    Millwork wall panels are made of composite wood (particleboard, MDF, plywood, etc). They add texture to a space and come in a variety of styles such...
  • Ceiling Tile

    Acoustical ceiling tiles are typically used in offices with dropped ceilings. The ceiling tiles come in various sizes and finishes and frequently...
  • Gypsum Board

    Gypsum board (i.e. drywall) ceilings are similar to acoustical ceilings in that they improve the acoustical properties of a space and sometimes cont...
  • Paints and Coatings

    Paints and coatings provide an aesthetically appealing atmosphere for a commercial setting. Paints and coatings should contain low or no VOCs to m...
  • Toilet / Shower Accessories

    Toilet and shower accessories include soap dispensers, soap dishes, hand dryers, paper towel dispensers, trash cans, etc. These items may contain...
  • Deep Fryer

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

    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...
  • 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...