WASHINGTON — Lace Davis, director of the sustainability office for the General Services Administration (GSA), announced that moving forward, GSA will require all projects to achieve a LEED Gold certification level from through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification system of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), according to the Washington Business Journal.
The announcement occurred at the Green Legal Matters conference in New Orleans on October 15, the article noted.
According to the article, Davis indicated that the LEED Gold certifications will only apply on GSA-owned projects.
The buzz amongst others at the conference indicated there are some open questions regarding how GSA will address leasing and LEED certifications, particularly regarding renewals, the article stated.
Given the significant role GSA plays with respect to both new construction and leasing in this region, GSA''s planned changes moving forward are likely to shape the commercial landscape moving forward in the D.C. area, the article added.
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