Legislation + Regulation

Updated GSA Requirements For Lighting In Federal Buildings

In October, 2021, the GSA published updated rules for the construction and renovation of federal buildings (excluding military buildings). The “P100” is a 316-page document outlining construction and renovation guidelines.

Last year’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), also known as the bi-partisan infrastructure law, authorized funding to significantly increase both new construction and renovations of federal buildings. Here are some of the new requirements that impact lighting:

  • The use of DLC-approved products to secure all available utility rebates for the GSA
  • The use of domestic construction materials (Buy American Act) for construction contracts performed in the United States (excepting waivers granted or per FAR 25.2)
  • A Gold rating in LEED certification for new construction and major renovations
  • Overall building energy efficiency that’s at least 30% higher than ASHRAE 90.1 E.C.L
  • Mandatory daylighting wherever possible

Lighting controls also figure prominently: “The GSA intends to lead the Govt. in owning and operating Smart Buildings.” An article by CREE Lighting provides additional details on changes involving: controls, exterior lighting, parking structures, and LED retrofits. Read the full article here.


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