GSA selected the best projects for accomplishing the goals of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act based on two over-arching criteria: Ability of the project to put people back to work quickly, and transforming Federal buildings into high-performance green buildings. GSA’s plan resulted in four groups of projects:
New Federal construction, including Land Ports of Entry
Full and partial building modernizations
Limited scope projects
Each of these groups will achieve the goals of the Energy Independence and Security Act and the Executive Order 13423 in different ways. New Federal construction projects’ and full and partial building modernizations’ design goals have been or are being changed to incorporate both the requirement to be 30% better than ASHRAE 90.1 (the energy code), and to consume 55% less fossil fuel energy. PBS has prepared a project review process that includes application of all the guiding principles. In estimating the costs of these projects, changes to existing designs have been added to the project budget, although these estimates were of necessity (given the time constraints) approximate. Each major building modernization project has been given an energy efficiency target, based on preliminary energy modeling and CBECS comparable buildings. These will be monitored as construction proceeds to ensure that the goals for energy efficiency, energy efficient capital equipment purchased in installed in the course of the projects, and the fossil fuel generated energy reduction targets will be delivered upon completion. Commissioning agents are being procured for all these projects, and they will verify the performance of the delivered systems and projects. Limited scope projects were selected for the greatest impact on portfolio energy reduction, increased performance and renewable energy generation, and for impact improving working conditions for the occupants of the buildings. These will be similarly verified to ensure that the performance is delivered.
PBS has engaged both the Pacific Northwest and National Renewable Energy National Laboratories (through the Department of Energy) to aid in modeling and measuring the requirements, as well as in the development of specifications designed the maximize the energy-savings and performance potential of these projects.
Lastly, every building that PBS will touch on the identified list will have advanced meters for both electricity and water, and steam if appropriate; and from the small projects line item, all other buildings for which advanced meters are appropriate will be accomplished.
The PBS Recovery Act Program Management Office (PMO) is responsible for ensuring that the projects meet these goals. The PMO is staffed with subject matter experts in both energy and sustainability, and is supported by the PBS Sustainability program office (which has been administratively merged into the Office of Federal-High-Performance Green Buildings), in devising effective measures for each of these goals. For example, in the recent construction management conference, classes on integrated design (sustainable design), lighting, water conservation, solar PV, envelope improvement and energy strategies were provided to 350 people who will be key to achieving these goals. Further, GSA is working with Dept. of Energy’s solar program to maximize the opportunity for solar energy generation in the roofing projects identified in the spending plan, as well as solar hot water.
For a fully detailed list of this Program’s projects visit www.gsa.gov/recovery and click on “Public Buildings Service Project Plan”.