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Government Leasing Policies

Governments use green leasing as a strong statement on saving taxpayer dollars and energy. Whether or not a government leases a significant amount of space compared to buildings it owns, green-lease policies can achieve multiple goals. In addition to promoting sustainability, government green leases send a market signal to private building owners and can lead to efficiency improvements in the broader building stock. This in turn can reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and generate cost savings for many local businesses.

Green-lease policies have been adopted by federal, state, and local governments in the United States and internationally. IMT provides technical and policy assistance to governments interested in adopting a policy, whether as legislation or as an executive order.

Helping the GSA go deep green

Helping the GSA go deep green

The U.S. General Services Administration is the nation's largest tenant, leasing roughly 190 million square feet. GSA implements strict green standards in its lease documents, which are regularly updated. IMT provided technical guidance on the most recent update, which included lowering electrical service (plug load) requirements from 7 watts per square foot to 4 watts.

Above: the Wayne N. Aspinall Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, a GSA property, will undergo a renovation to make it the first net-zero-energy structure on the National Register of Historic Places. Photo courtesy of GSA.