Design Excellence Program Guide
The Design Excellence Program Guide clarifies critical elements of the Design Excellence Program and enables
GSA officials and staff, GSA clients, architectural/engineering firms hired by GSA, and GSA's private-sector
peer professionals to become partners in design excellence and creators of an architectural legacy that all
Americans can point to with pride. Use of the Guide will help ensure the fairness and integrity of the Design
Excellence process and establish the high level of professionalism and respect required among parties to carry a
project to a successful and rewarding conclusion. Sustainable Design is one of the evaluation factors for
selecting architectural/engineering firms.
Project Planning Guide
The Project Planning Guide was created to assist all of those who develop GSA's Capital Program in evaluating,
developing, and implementing federal facilities projects. For GSA staff about to embark on a Feasibility Study
or Program Development Study (PDS), this Guide outlines the project delivery process and keys to success. For
other participants in a Feasibility Study or PDS effort, this Guide provides information on how they can support
the process, as a team member, expert resource, or intended user of the final product.
Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG)
The Whole Building Design Guide (WBDG) is the only knowledge-based Web portal designed to provide
government and industry practitioners with one-stop access to up-to-date information on a wide range of
federal construction criteria, guidance, and technology from an integrated, or "whole building," perspective.
Through dynamic Web technology, the WBDG provides users--design professionals and project managers--
an overview of the various topics, concepts, and best practices associated with good whole building design, and
then provides a ready means of accessing commercial and government guides, standards, and criteria needed to
create such designs. The WBDG contains an entire design objective branch with a number of resource pages
related to sustainability and the LEED Green Building Rating System.
GreenerBuildings.com is a resource for environmentally responsible building development. It is a resource to
help companies of all sizes and sectors understand and address building design, construction, and operation in
a way that aligns environmental responsibility with business success. Users can view information by topic areas
or by LEED categories.
GSA LEED APPLICATIONS GUIDE