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New GSA facilities guide to focus on outcomes, not technologies

Mar. 17, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments
GSA is changing the way facilities managers have to meet environment and energy guidelines.
GSA is changing the way facilities managers have to meet environment and energy guidelines. ()

New standards for federal facilities will focus less on specific technologies and more on positive outcomes, according to the General Services Administration.

In GSA’s newest facility standards guide — released March 14 — facility managers will no longer be mandated to use specific technologies as long as energy and environmental goals are met.

For example, in the old guide, facilities were required to use a heating and cooling system that used variable air volume technology; now they need only meet various energy-efficiency and ventilation conditions.

Dorothy Robyn, the public buildings commissioner at GSA, said in a blog post March 14 there will be several tiers of performance as well to help facility managers achieve higher levels of efficiency and performance.

“This multi-tiered approach provides clear, standardized high-performance benchmarks across our portfolio, and allows a project manager to optimize desired results given a project’s own unique circumstances,” Robyn said.

The new guidelines will be incorporated into all construction and major renovation projects, according to GSA.

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