What is GPG?
The Green Proving Ground program is one of the programs that we are using to make our buildings more efficient. The program leverages GSA’s own real estate portfolio as a test bed to evaluate the viability of emerging building technologies that save energy, water, and reduce costs. It looks to test new or underutilized technologies that may help the federal government operate it’s buildings more efficiently.
The program announced the first set of technologies to be studied in 2011. The GPG program now has 33 technologies set for evaluation in buildings across the country. Nine results have been published to date. Results from these evaluations will continue to improve performance our buildings while assisting industry in deploying new technologies and practices into the broader market.
GSA owns and leases 9,200 buildings across the country and has the real estate portfolio needed to broadly test and install these technologies. We test these technologies in our owned facilities, which is about 1,500 buildings. We can implement successful technologies in more of our federal buildings.
We are seeing progress with these technologies and learning when, where, and how to use them. Since the start of the program, we’ve released results from studies on:
- Wireless sensor networks for data centers;
- Advanced power strips;
- Responsive lighting;
- PV Guidance;
- High R Windows
- Variant Refrigerant Flow;
- Variable Speed Mag-Lev Chiller
- Condensing boilers; and
- Photovoltaic systems.
We continue to study sustainable technologies, and will be issuing more results.
As a result of previous Green Proving Ground studies, GSA will install more than 16,000 cost-saving advanced power strips in over eighty facilities across nine of GSA’s regional offices and its Washington, D.C. headquarters building and wireless sensors networks in two GSA operated data centers.