GSA director of Expert Services Kevin Kampschroer, who has beenleading GSA's efforts in sustainable design, will serve as actinghead of the office. The new office will be located in GSA's PublicBuildings Service.

Thus far, GSA has earned a LEED rating for 24 buildings. GSAofficials say the legislation and new office will build upon itsaccomplishments in this area. Enactment of the new energy bill willtake energy conservation and sustainable design in federalbuildings to the next level, administrator Lurita Doan says.

Besides establishing the office and reviewing currentenergy-reduction measures in federal buildings, the new legislationrequires GSA to:

  • Ensure that all new buildings and major renovations aredesigned to reduce fuel consumption by 55%.
  • Ensure that all leases are in buildings that have earned theEnergy Star level.
  • Develop processes to ensure that energy conservation measuresused in building renovations have the most energy-efficientdesigns, systems and equipment.

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Erika Morphy

Erika Morphy has been writing about commercial real estate at for more than ten years, covering the capital markets, the Mid-Atlantic region and national topics. She's a nerd so favorite examples of the former include accounting standards, Basel III and what Congress is brewing.