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GSA - 76888 - Green Building Advisory Committee - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameGreen Building Advisory CommitteeAgency NameGeneral Services Administration
Fiscal Year2022Committee Number76888
Original Establishment Date6/20/2011Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*30
Current Charter Date8/18/2011Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Designated Federal Officer
Date Of Renewal Charter Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Ken
Exempt From Renewal*YesDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Sandler
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Energy Ind. & Sec. Act (EISA), Sec. 494; Public Law 110-140; 5 U.S.C. App.Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 219-1121
Effective Date Of Authority*12/19/2007Designated Federal Officer Fax*na
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Other Committee


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Committee holds all day meetings twice per year. Additional Web conferences may be scheduled as necessary; all meetings are public per FACA. Members are provided materials to review before each meeting and asked to provide their input in writing and/or at the meeting. Public comment is gathered at meetings and through opportunities to provide written comment.
How is membership balanced?*The Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA), Section 494, outlines specific criteria for the membership of this Committee, including naming 10 Federal agencies to be members and identifying several categories of experts to be included. The Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings conducts processes whereby it obtains recommendations and advice from experts inside and outside of GSA, and solicits potential new members via Federal Register Notices, in order to identify the most qualified members who simultaneously fulfill the statutory requirements and provide useful and actionable advice on making the Federal buildings portfolio more efficient, healthy and sustainable. The Committee is effectively balanced by profession, sector, geographic region and gender, and GSA is committed to ensuring diversity, equity and inclusion in its membership.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Estimated Number of Meetings per Year - approximately 2 times a year, or as called by the DFO.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*This Committee is required by the Energy and Independence Security Act (EISA), Section 494.
Why close or partially close meetings?Meetings will be open and would only be closed in accordance with the Government in the Sunshine Act.
Recommendation Remarks


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentNA
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentThe Committee advises GSA on its Federal green building mission, which includes minimizing environmental impacts by reducing Federal building use of energy, water and materials, eliminating emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants, and enhancing agencies' performance by making Federal buildings more healthy and productive workplaces.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentCommittee advice helps the Federal government implement policies and projects that save taxpayer dollars by reducing Federal building use of energy, water and materials, and increase workforce productivity by making Federal buildings more healthy and productive workplaces.Grants Review CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*91Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentRecommendations have been made regarding: federal building decarbonization, energy storage, environmental justice and equity, embodied energy and carbon materials, a sustainable response to COVID-19, renewable energy outleasing; building and grid integration; data-integrated building systems; health & wellness policies; increasing adoption of high performance building practices; power purchase agreements; energy use intensity metrics; high-performance leasing; building portfolio planning; net zero energy policy; social cost of carbon in portfolio decision making; daylighting policy; green building certification systems; green building progress and tracking; and implementation of the Federal Building Personnel Act.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*22.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe Committee’s recommendations on Embodied Energy and Carbon have been its most influential to date, ushering in new GSA standards on asphalt and concrete, with standards for additional materials being researched, as well as a White House Buy Clean Task Force, and Inflation Reduction Act funding of $2.1 billion for low-embodied carbon materials, in addition to increased action and funding at EPA and FHWA.
In response to the Building & Grid Integration recommendations, GSA initiated a Grid-Integrated Efficient Building (GEB) program, including conducting a cost-benefit study of GEB practices, conducting pilot projects with the Green Proving Ground and Regions, releasing a detailed Blueprint on how to apply these practices to performance contracts, and working with DOE FEMP to expand implementation at other agencies through the Smart Facilities Accelerator.
In response to the Healthy Building recommendations, GSA initiated a business case project with FEMP to identify federal healthy building, metrics, tools and pilots and incorporated the Committee's work on this topic into GSA’s Workplace Scorecard.
Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*32.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentThe Committee’s work on federal building decarbonization is influencing the approach to this challenge at PBS, DOE FEMP, BTO and National Labs, and the White House. Many of the Committee’s past and current recommendations are being reviewed by the White House for possible use to help meet federal climate, energy and sustainability goals. Recommendations are being incorporated in relevant GSA high performance building research, guidance and outreach projects, while OFHPB works with partners elsewhere in GSA and other agencies to pilot or implement ideas. PBS has been highly engaged with the Committee, participating on several Task Groups, promoting greater interaction, more grounded recommendations, and more clear opportunities for implementation. Certain recommendations apply more to, or may be a better fit with, other agencies than GSA. Some recommendations are of a more general nature, making final implementation difficult to assess.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentNA
Agency Feedback Comment*GSA normally provides feedback at the semi-annual meetings as well as through meeting minutes, which are posted online at Description*The Green Building Advisory Committee provides independent policy advice and recommendations to GSA’s Office of Federal High-Performance Buildings, as required by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA), to advance federal building innovations in planning, design, and operations to reduce costs, enable agency missions, enhance human health and performance, and minimize environmental impacts.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$30,000.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$32,000.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$124,000.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$130,000.00
Payments to Consultants*$6,200.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$7,500.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$0.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$160,200.00Est. Total Next FY*$169,500.00
Date Cost Last Modified11/28/2022 3:59 PMEst. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.60Est Cost Remarks
Cost RemarksExpansion of effort from mainly one staff person to a team has increased federal staff costs.  
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Interest Areas

Natural Resources
Environmental Issues
Federal Employment
Federal Employees and Personnel
Federal Government
Public Health


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ActionCommittee System IDSubcommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-038912Building Decarbonization2022
 COM-036894Embodied Energy2022
 COM-035833Energy Storage2022
 COM-038911Environmental Justice and Equity2022
 COM-035832Sustainable COVID-19 Response2022


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-039005Green Building Advisory Committee2021
 COM-037643Green Building Advisory Committee2020
 COM-035311Green Building Advisory Committee2019
 COM-034382Green Building Advisory Committee2018
 COM-001776Green Building Advisory Committee2017
 COM-002795Green Building Advisory Committee2016
 COM-003902Green Building Advisory Committee2015
 COM-004632Green Building Advisory Committee2014
 COM-005980Green Building Advisory Committee2013
 COM-006783Green Building Advisory Committee2012
 COM-008115Green Building Advisory Committee2011