GSA to Launch Pilot to Require Use of GACPs on Projects
GSA Recognition of GACP Certification. The General Services Administration is searching for a project or projects to use in a pilot to determine the effectiveness of the ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 accredited Green Advantage Certified Practitioner (GACP) on GSA projects. Their plan for the pilot is to require the use of a significant percentage of the supervisory workforce to be GACP certified throughout the construction phase. If the pilot is successful, the use of GACP personnel will be required on other GSA projects nationally.
In order to institute this requirement in the pilot, the notification to bidders has to be properly timed. Although the Restack of the William J. Green Federal Building in Philadelphia, a $60-80M project, was too far along in the bidding process to include the GACP requirement, GSA did include a “Green Advantage” attachment in the Solicitation. In it a notice "encourages" awardee’s staff to attain GACP certification and specifies that the certification is not a condition of award, nor a part of the proposal evaluation process. However, the notice goes on to state that "Future projects may require at least 30% of supervisory construction personnel to maintain Green Advantage ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 Accredited Certification prior to and throughout the project."
For more information about Green Advantage, visit the website at www.greenadvantage.org.