The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings is currently holding a series of task group conference calls related to net-zero energy buildings and building labels in advance of a GSA Green Building Advisory Committee (GBAC) meeting scheduled for September 2014. The task groups are preparing final recommendations to propose to GSA for consideration at the GBAC meeting.
The task groups are exploring these issues in response to two motions raised by committee members: 1) to strengthen net zero energy commitments for new and existing federal buildings and federal leased buildings; and 2) to require building performance labels, including current energy and environmental performance. The task groups were initially scheduled to make their recommendations at the Nov. 12, 2013, GBAC meeting. (AGC of America was in attendance.) However, the task groups were unable to meet during the time the Federal government was closed; therefore they revised their timeline and will deliver the recommendations in 2014. AGC of America plans to attend the September 2014 GBAC meeting and to report on those recommendations that the task groups advance.
GSA makes available the presentations and materials presented at GBAC meetings online at http://www.gsa.gov/portal/content/122159. Members of the public can also review the draft background papers and draft recommendations of the task groups via that same link.
The Green Building Advisory Committee was established to provide advice and recommendations to GSA’s Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings, as required by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA), in order to accelerate the transformation of the Federal building portfolio to sustainable technologies and practices.