What is GPG?
GSA’s Green Proving Ground (GPG) program represents an innovative response to Executive Order 13514. To meet our target sustainability goals and enable the realization of net zero buildings, federal agencies must develop effective ways of reducing energy use. GPG leverages GSA’s real estate portfolio to evaluate innovative sustainable building technologies and provide recommendations on their deployment. By devoting research to technologies in the pre- or early-commercial stages of development, GPG facilitates and accelerates the transition between bench-scale technology and commercial viability.
In the product development cycle for new technologies, one of the biggest hurdles involves moving from an early working model to a proven commercial product; few building owners are willing to risk being the test case for an unproven new product, and first users frequently face higher costs than those who wait and adopt a proven technology later on. GPG seeks to absorb some of this risk by using its building portfolio as a test bed for new technologies in order to recommend deployment strategies towards achieving ambitious energy-saving goals.
Working with DOE’s National Laboratories, GPG evaluates technologies in a real-word context. Project reports are developed by the combined efforts of GPG and the national laboratories and provide credible, detailed information about product performance that is pivotal in determining the technology’s success in the marketplace.
The Green Proving Ground program has 17 ongoing technology evaluations in buildings across the country. Fifteen results have been published to date:
- Synchronous and Cogged Fan Belts, March 2014
- Advanced power strips, September 2012
- Wireless sensor networks for data centers, March 2012
- Electrochromic and Thermochromic Windows, March 2014
- Vacuum Insulated Panels, March 2014
- High R Value Windows, October 2013
- Wood-Pellet-Fired Biomass Boilers, June 2014
- Multistaged Indirect Evaporative Cooler, March 2014
- Variable Speed Mag-Lev Chiller, October 2013
- Variable Refrigerant Flow, December 2012
- Condensing Boilers, Updated July 2014
On-Site Energy Generation
As a result of GPG assessments, GSA installed more than 16,000 advanced power strips in over 80 facilities across its portfolio, and wireless sensors networks in two GSA-operated data centers in FY14. Evaluations will continue to guide deployment recommendations and aid federal agencies in procuring recommended technologies.