GSA raises its own energy efficiency standards
The General Services Administration is raising the bar to increase the energy efficiency of all of its new federal building construction projects.
Projects must achieve LEED Gold certification, the second-highest rating from the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED program.
Previously, federal building projects needed to be certified at the LEED Silver level, the third-highest rating, or higher. Robert Peck, commissioner of GSA's Public Buildings Service, said that better-performing government buildings can have a substantial environmental impact.
"This new requirement is just one of the many ways we're greening the federal real estate inventory to help deliver on President Obama's commitment to increase sustainability and energy efficiency across government," Peck said in a news release.
For projects funded before fiscal 2010, LEED Gold standards will be incorporated wherever possible.
New leased GSA spaces still require only LEED Silver certification.
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey