The General Services Administration Iowa Field Office (GSA-Iowa) proudly owns, operates, and maintains several buildings state-wide. The facilities comprise more than 780,000 square feet of space, support 45 separate federal agencies, and serve more than 1,250 tenants. The properties are cumulatively valued at $41 million, and the average facility in GSA Iowa's portfolio is 65 years old. GSA Iowa's goal is to provide world-class work space for its customers in a safe and environmentally sound manner, while optimizing energy efficiency and sustainability initiatives. The Iowa office leads the GSA Heartland Region in utilizing Portfolio Manager, EPA's ENERGY STAR measurement and tracking tool, and has received national recognition for changing the way the Region deals with energy. An ENERGY STAR Partner since 2012, GSA Iowa has participated in the ENERGY STAR Challenge and is dedicated to educating tenants and visitors on all aspects of energy efficiency.
GSA-Iowa has been recognized by EPA as an ENERGY STAR Leader for improving energy efficiency by 20 percent across its portfolio of buildings compared to a 2003 baseline. GSA-Iowa has also achieved recognition as a Top Performer for achieving an average ENERGY STAR energy performance score of 85 across its portfolio of buildings. These gains have been achieved by purchasing new equipment (LED lighting, vending misers, virtual data servers etc.), making operational adjustments to chilled water and condenser water, and incorporating temperature and static pressure resets, which alone have improved efficiency by more than five percent. The proactive team at GSA-Iowa continuously strives to create new and better ways to save energy and to give tenants the best environment possible. Compared to a 2003 baseline, GSA-Iowa is preventing the emissions of more than 2,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, which is equal to the carbon sequestered by more than 51,000 tree seedlings planted and grown for 10 years.