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WASHINGTON, DC-The US General Services Administration has established a new office to ensure that all federal buildings meet new energy efficiency standards recently passed into law. Called the Office of High-Performance Green Buildings, its purpose is to ensure that all federal buildings meet targets mandated by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. The office will work together with a Department of Energy office that will have the same responsibility for commercial buildings.

GSA director of Expert Services Kevin Kampschroer, who has been leading GSA’s efforts in sustainable design, will serve as acting head of the office. The new office will be located in GSA’s Public Buildings Service.

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

Besides establishing the office and reviewing current energy-reduction measures in federal buildings, the new legislation requires GSA to:

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