Sustainability Topics

"Create and maintain conditions, under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic, and other requirements of present and future generations.” In order to achieve such conditions, new ways of designing, constructing and operating buildings and facilities must be identified.
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Buildings and facilities rely on the operation of mechanical systems and electrical systems to maintain a comfortable indoor environmental quality for occupants. Atmospheric problems can be reduced by increasing the efficiency with which energy is used‚ optimizing the use of natural energy resources‚ and understanding the effects of energy technologies on the atmosphere.

Buildings and facilities rely on the operation of mechanical systems and electrical systems to maintain a comfortable indoor environmental quality for occupants. Atmospheric problems can be reduced by increasing the efficiency with which energy is used‚ optimizing the use of natural energy resources‚ and understanding the effects of energy technologies on the atmosphere.

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Environmental programs help buyers identify products and services with positive environmental attributes.  Some are mandatory for federal buyers, while others support the achievement of E.O. 13514 and agency sustainability goals.

Environmental programs help buyers identify products and services with positive environmental attributes. Some are mandatory for federal buyers, while others support the achievement of E.O. 13514 and agency sustainability goals.

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Choosing a building's site and managing that site during construction are important considerations for a project’s sustainability. Environmentally responsible site selection discourages development of previously undeveloped land; minimizes a building's impact on ecosystems and waterways; encourages regionally appropriate landscaping; rewards smart transportation choices; and controls stormwater runoff.

Choosing a building's site and managing that site during construction are important considerations for a project’s sustainability. Environmentally responsible site selection discourages development of previously undeveloped land; minimizes a building's impact on ecosystems and waterways; encourages regionally appropriate landscaping; rewards smart transportation choices; and controls stormwater runoff.

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Energy Management Systems are a set of business processes that enable facility managers to act on energy usage data and optimize efficiency while identifying areas for improvement. Energy Management Systems include energy assessments and the development of action plans that detail sustainability and energy performance improvement efforts to be implemented in buildings.

Energy Management Systems are a set of business processes that enable facility managers to act on energy usage data and optimize efficiency while identifying areas for improvement. Energy Management Systems include energy assessments and the development of action plans that detail sustainability and energy performance improvement efforts to be implemented in buildings.

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Innovative solutions for water efficiency should include not only a reduction in the amount of potable water used, but also a reduction in the use of non-potable water where appropriate (for flushing toilets, watering the landscape, etc).

Innovative solutions for water efficiency should include not only a reduction in the amount of potable water used, but also a reduction in the use of non-potable water where appropriate (for flushing toilets, watering the landscape, etc).

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Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) is most simply described as the conditions inside a building. It does not refer to the air quality alone, but the entire environmental quality of a space, which includes air quality, access to daylight and views, pleasant acoustic conditions, and occupant control over lighting and thermal comfort.

Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) is most simply described as the conditions inside a building. It does not refer to the air quality alone, but the entire environmental quality of a space, which includes air quality, access to daylight and views, pleasant acoustic conditions, and occupant control over lighting and thermal comfort.

In the construction and day-to-day operations of buildings, many materials and resources are used and a great deal of waste is generated. Carefully selecting and disposing of materials is an important part of a building’s environmental, health, and social responsibility.

In the construction and day-to-day operations of buildings, many materials and resources are used and a great deal of waste is generated. Carefully selecting and disposing of materials is an important part of a building’s environmental, health, and social responsibility.

Sustainability Programs incorporate all building stakeholders into the green design process, promoting awareness, goal development, implementation, acceptance, and effectiveness of facility sustainability efforts. Implementation of sustainability programs can be challenging, especially when starting from scratch.

Sustainability Programs incorporate all building stakeholders into the green design process, promoting awareness, goal development, implementation, acceptance, and effectiveness of facility sustainability efforts. Implementation of sustainability programs can be challenging, especially when starting from scratch.

An introduction to GSA's Sustainable Facilities Tool (SFTool.) SFTool is an online resource that helps Federal Agencies and the general public build and buy green. Learn more at https://sftool.gov.

An introduction to GSA's Sustainable Facilities Tool (SFTool.) SFTool is an online resource that helps Federal Agencies and the general public build and buy green. Learn more at https://sftool.gov.

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