General Services Administration - Office of High Performance Green Buildings - Recovery Act Recovery Plan
The mission of the Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings is to provide high-performance green building information and disseminate practices, technologies and research results through outreach, education, and the provision of technical assistance government-wide. The Office was established by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (“EISA”, Public Law 110-140).
(For more specific information, read the Microsoft Word version of the Recovery Program Plan.)
This Office, authorized under EISA but previously unfunded, will support the stated goals of the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act by providing technical standards, measurement tools, and government-wide leadership necessary to support the agencies charged with delivering high-performance green Federal buildings under the Act.
The government-wide infrastructure investments resulting from the standards and activities of the Office will benefit the public by reducing carbon emissions, reducing consumption of energy and water, increasing reliance on renewable energy in Federal buildings and minimizing related impacts on human health and the environment.
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Schedule and Milestones
|Selection of a permanent Director for the office, no later than July 31, 2009. Staff selection and hiring will follow.
|No later than December 19, 2009, the Director of the Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings, in consultation with the Secretary of Energy shall prepare and submit to Congress a report that:
• Describes the status of compliance with the High-Performance Federal Buildings provisions of EISA and other, related statutes and regulations;
• Identifies Federal facility procedures that may affect green building certification;
• Identifies inconsistencies in Federal law that may serve as barriers to implementation of the relevant provisions of EISA;
• Recommends language for uniform standards for environmentally responsible acquisition by Federal agencies;
• Reviews the Federal budget process, to identify alternative treatments of energy and environmental costs and benefits;
• Identifies green, self-sustaining technologies for use in natural disasters and other emergencies;
• Summarizes and highlights development of high-performance green building initiatives, standards, and laws in State and local governments; and
• Makes recommendations to address the issues identified in the report, as well as implementation plans for the recommendations.
Projects and Activities
The Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings will (1) promote and coordinate high-performance green building information and activities throughout the Federal government, (2) serve as the Federal government’s green building advocate, and (3) develop standards and establish green practices for all types of Federal facilities.
Near term known activities include: selecting a permanent Director, establishing the program office, and identifying milestones for meeting the requirements to be highlighted in the December 2009 report to Congress.
Current activities include:
(1) coordination of activities with the Department of Energy Office of Commercial High-Performance Green Buildings;
(2) coordination with the Interagency Sustainability Working Group on the development of a tracking system for compliance with the Guiding Principles for High-Performance and Sustainable Buildings;
(3) formation of the Federal Green Building Advisory Committee and formation of kick-off goals;
(4) review and analysis of the latest green building rating standards;
(5) development of a research plan through the coordination of existing high-performance green building research initiatives and integration with NIST activities;
(6) development support for and review and analysis of ASHRAE Standard 189.1 and similar high-performance green building standards;
(7) identification of operational and maintenance best practices;
(8) review and analysis of Federal budget practices impacting green building performance;
(9) identification of a demonstration project in a Federal building to promote innovative and emerging green capabilities.
The Recovery Act does not establish any new projects or activities for the Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings. Recovery funds are provided to the Office to carry out the responsibilities established in EISA. As such, the primary process for periodic performance reviews and risk assessments for this program will be through the GSA Performance Management Process (PMP). All GSA programs participate in this annual process of developing long- and near-term strategies, allocating resources, managing program performance, and appraising and recognizing individual employee performance. The PMP process is well-designed to identify and mitigate risks and to continuously assess and evaluate the performance of operating programs.
Cost and Performance Plan
TRANSPARENCY: All Federal regulations prepared by the Office will be made available for public comment on www.regulations.gov prior to final publication.
ACCOUNTABILITY: EISA directs that the Federal Director submit to Congress, no later than December 19, 2009 and biennially thereafter, a report that includes a status on compliance with the Federal High-Performance Green Buildings provisions of EISA, including those that establish the responsibilities of the Federal Director.
Further, EISA directs the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct an audit of the implementation of the Federal High-Performance Green Buildings provisions of EISA no later than October 31, 2009 and again by October 31, 2010. That audit will include a review of the performance of the Federal Director, and will be submitted to Congress.
Energy Efficiency Spending Plans
No funds were authorized for infrastructure investments.
Program Plan Award Types
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