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GSA to Use Federal Buildings as Test Bed for Green Technologies

By Emily Catacchio

Green Proving Ground Test Bed Technologies

Source: Adapted from Green Proving Ground Test Bed Technologies chart by GSA (

The U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) Green Proving Ground program plans to test 16 “emerging sustainable building technologies and practices” in some federal buildings. The program aims to transform sustainable technology markets by replicating successful technologies on other GSA buildings. In a press release, GSA Administrator Martha N. Johnson said that “by using our real-estate portfolio as a test bed for new technologies, we can then provide further innovation in energy efficiency standards and implement best practices that will lead the market.” The 16 technologies, selected from 140, “have the greatest potential to meet GSA’s sustainability goals.” The Green Proving Ground program will test, monitor, and evaluate the technologies with the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Laboratories. Findings from the research will help develop building performance specifications for GSA and other federal agencies. For more information visit

Published June 1, 2011

Emily, C. (2011, June 1). GSA to Use Federal Buildings as Test Bed for Green Technologies. Retrieved from

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