What's Important and When
Choices made in the early stages of a project regarding siting, building footprint,
use of resources, building systems, and fenestration will have lasting impacts on energy
and water consumption and the indoor environmental quality for the occupants.
Documents and project-specific guidance are available through the Regional Build
Knows facility energy performance compared to benchmarks.
Includes sufficient sustainable design strategies for the project.
Proposes and evaluates alternatives and full life-cycle implications accordingly.
Documents the discussion and decision process for the LEED Certification file.
Program Development Study
Establishes sustainable design goals and refines architectural, systems, and
operational choices in light of these goals.
Uses the LEED Checklist to identify specific sustainable design strategies to
meet the project's goals.
Proposes a construction budget that can accomplish sustainable design goals.
GSA is committed by policy and law to consult with communities about how our
projects can support local development efforts. Early project development is key to
identifying opportunities and potential risks associated with community issues.
These discussions and the relationships and knowledge they provide are fundamental
to a project's success. Important topics include parking, urban design, transit planning,
public spaces, site selection, and building operations and shared uses. The Feasibility
Study and the PDS must proactively identify issues and opportunities and propose the
scope, schedule, and funding that are responsive to local conditions.
Develops working relationships with local stakeholders; shares long-range plans;
and collaborates on client neighborhood needs and concerns.
Proactively identifies community issues and opportunities to support goals.
Begins informal consultations with local officials and stakeholders to create
positive impacts and manage risks.