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IEQ and Asthma

Indoor contaminants such as dust mites, molds, cockroaches, pet dander, secondhand smoke and some chemicals can trigger asthma attacks. One in 11 children and 1 in 12 adults suffer from asthma.

Source: Asthma’s Impact on the Nation (2012): Data from the CDC National Asthma Control Program

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Buildings' Energy Use

Buildings represent 40% of U.S. primary energy use (includes fuel input for production). Source: Environmental Information Administration (2014). EIA Annual Energy Outlook. Continue reading: Buildings' Energy Use

LED Price Drop

LED costs are declining rapidly. LED package prices declined to approximately $1/klm by 2016, resulting in dramatically reduced LED lamp and luminaire prices.

Source: LED Basics, U.S. Department of Energy

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Green Buildings Marketplace

40% of U.S. architects, engineers, contractors, building owners and building consultants report that the majority of building work was green in 2012. It is expected that 53% of these U.S. firms will be engaged in mostly green building work by 2015. 44% of all nonresidential building project starts were green in 2012 as well, up from 2% in 2005. Green buildings hold strong appeal for both commercial and institutional (including government) owners.

Source: McGraw Hill Construction (2013). 2013 World Green Building Trends SmartMarket Report.

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Indoor Air Quality

EPA studies indicate indoor levels of pollutants may be up to ten times higher than outdoor levels.

Source: Environmental Protection Agency (2008). An Introduction to Indoor Air Quality.

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You Can Get Free Continuing Education Playing Green the Building

You can get one hour’s worth of continuing education / professional development by playing the SFTool game, Green the Building, and achieving the target score of 4000 points. This should take you about an hour, but may take more or less time depending on what you learn and the decisions you make during the game. 
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When You Pass FEDSAT, You Also Earn One Hour of Continuing Education

You can get one free hour’s worth of continuing education / professional development by passing the Federal Facilities Skills Assessment Tool (FEDSAT)!  

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Buildings' Greenhouse Gas Impact

Buildings are one of the heaviest consumers of natural resources and account for a significant portion of the greenhouse gas emissions that affect climate change. In the U.S., buildings account for 40% of all CO2 emissions.

Source: Energy Information Administration (2009). Emissions of Greenhouse Gases in the US.

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Recycling Bottles

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

Source: Bureau of International Recycling

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Water Consumption

Between 1950 and 2000, the U.S. population nearly doubled. However, in that same period, public demand for water more than tripled. Americans now use an average of 100 gallons of water each day—enough to fill 1,600 drinking glasses. Source: EPA WaterSense

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U.S. Waste and Recycling

The U.S. generated approximately 251 million tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) in 2012. Almost 87 million tons were recycled and composted, which represents a 34.5% recycling rate. Solid waste generated per capita is the lowest since the 1980s. This is a 3 percent increase in the tons recycled.

Source: US EPA, Municipal Solid Waste Generation, Recycling, and Disposal in the United States: Facts and Figures for 2012.

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Time Indoors

People in the U.S. spend about 90% of their time indoors.

Source: Environmental Protection Agency (1987). The Total Exposure Assessment Methodology (TEAM) Study.

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Post Consumer Fiber Paper

Every ton (about 40 cartons) of 30% postconsumer content copier paper saves the equivalent of 7.2 trees

Source: ConservaTree

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SFTool Product Search

GSA has expanded our SFTool with a Product Search that streamlines sustainable product procurement for vendors and buyers. Continue reading: SFTool Product Search

Buildings' Water Use

Water use in commercial and institutional facilities, such as office buildings and hospitals, account for 17% of publicly-supplied water use in the U.S.

Source: EPA WaterSense

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Case Study

Occupant Comfort

Operable Windows

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 stresses. With an ever increasing number of environmental issues to be mindful of when designing spaces, GSA is developing practices that support both sustainability and worker comfort.

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