Sustainable Design

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What is Sustainable Design?

The purpose of sustainable design is to decrease negative impact on the environment which means using less non-renewable resources and waste products.

Sustainable Design Principles

  • Optimize Site Potential
  • Minimize Non-Renewable energy consumption
  • Use Environmentally Preferable Products
  • Protect and Conserve Water
  • Enhance Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Optimize Operational And Maintenance Practices


GSA uses the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification system as a tool for evaluating and measuring achievements in sustainable design. LEED consists of a set of prerequisites and credits with specific requirements for obtaining points in order for a building to become LEED certified. GSA uses LEED to ensure that sustainable strategies are considered in the development of all GSA building projects. GSA requires, at a minimum, new construction and substantial renovation of Federally-owned facilities to be LEED Gold.