The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has released the first comprehensive document undertaken by a federal agency regarding acquiring, constructing, operating and maintaining sustainable buildings. “Sustainability Matters” is a collection of case studies and industry best-practices that address GSA’s sustainability initiatives and strategies at all stages of a building’s lifecycle.
“Sustainability in building design, construction and operation is fundamental
to our agency core mission of providing superior workplaces at the best value
for the American taxpayer,” said GSA’s Commissioner of Public Buildings David
L. Winstead. “We want to be part of transforming the building industry so that
‘green’ is the only way of doing business.”
In this study, GSA demonstrates how to create sustainable buildings by
intelligently integrating energy efficient and environmentally sound decisions
and technologies into building designs. GSA uses the LEED rating system as a
tool to evaluate and measure its achievement in sustainable design. The
goals are to conserve resources and create more productive and healthier work
The full text of “Sustainability Matters” is on GSA’s Web site atwww.gsa.gov/sustainabledesign,
under sustainable design program documents.
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