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Green Language Contained in SFO (March 1999)

General References

p 5 2.1.3.3 The facility and all its construction features (materials, methods, and installation - including mechanical and electrical) shall provide concepts that will reflect reduced energy consumption and maximum environmentally preferable materials and design. See section 5.17 for Energy Conservation Design Features.

p. 5 ADD1 2.1.3.6 LEED Building Bronze TM Certification. The Building designs should at a minimum meet the level of performance consistent with criteria assigned to the LEED Building BronzeTM Certification. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEEDTM) GREEN Building Rating System developed by the US GREEN Building Council. Description and criteria for the LEEDTM system can be viewed or received from the US Green Building Council at 90 New Montgomery Street, Suite 1001, San Francisco, CA 94105 or dialing 415-543-3001. Offeror shall provide (3) copies of supporting documentation that demonstrate its participation in the LEEDTM Rating system (i.e. a notebook detailing how the building earned the LEEDTM Bronze Certification).

ADD1 Para. 2.1.3.7 Building to Reflect EPA's Mission. Offerors are encouraged to design, build, and operate a safe, reliable, and cost-competitive facility that reflects, to the maximum extent possible, within the requirements of this Solicitation for Offers, EPA's environmental protection mission and its commitment to have a positive impact on the communities where it is located. The following are concepts that should be considered during the design, construction, and operation of this facility:

Energy Conservation, via careful consideration of building siting, passive solar design approaches, energy efficient building shell design, efficient mechanical systems, use of solar power and other renewable or innovative energy sources, advance building and mechanical control systems, "Greenlights", day lighting, thoughtful building maintenance and operation, low E Glass, minimizing energy waste and recapturing energy waste streams, etc.

Water Conservation, via use of low flow toilet fixtures and through sensitive mechanical system design, landscape design using native species and drip irrigation systems, and site design.

Resource Conservation, via the use of materials with recycled contents or higher recycled contents, use of materials that are manufactured, packaged, or transported in an way that reduces energy or material expenditures, construction period recycling and waste minimization, and designing, building, and operating the building to accommodate EPA's active recycling program.

Indoor Air Quality, via careful placement of exhaust and air intakes in relative positions that prevent cross contamination, consideration regarding radon in the building, protection of the HVAC system during construction, the use of low VOC adhesives, paints, sealants, and caulks, construction period installation sequencing, sensitive janitorial and cleaning approaches during the building's operating life. No use of asbestos or asbestos containing materials.

Other Environmental Factors, such as Protection of the Ozone layer through the avoidance of CFC's as refrigerants and blowing agents for insulation; Protection of Endangered Ecosystems and support of sustainable forestry practices by avoiding use of rain forest species and obtaining products from certified sustainable sources, use of non leaded paints, and provision of plumbing systems that prevent elevated lead levels in water. Consider partnerships with local utilities and energy savings companies to assist in financing low emissions low operating cost mechanical systems.

The challenge is to minimize the conflicts between and maximize the benefits of these environmental goals while meeting the performance requirements and other specification of this procurement.

P 17 4.1.1 Technical Proposal, Design Narrative (1) Architectural f. Provide a narrative description of the approaches, systems, and elements of the design that will reflect EPA's environmental mission. (See also Source Selection Language)

P.27 5.1.1 General. ... The character of the building should reflect concern for environmental protection.

P 35 ADD1 5.17.5 Environmental Design Requirements: The facility shall be designed to reflect its mission. This translates into a facility that conserves energy, efficiently utilizes water, promotes effective recycling, is radon free and provides excellent indoor air quality to its occupants. The architectural and engineering design of this facility shall implement proven methods, strategies and technologies which respect and protect the environment. The selection of site, materials and construction systems that prevent infiltration of radon to the maximum extent possible, the use of recycled materials (and those materials produced with minimal expenditure of energy ) and the use of fire protection and refrigeration systems that DO NOT contain CFC's and other ozone depleting chemicals. The facility should also be designed to promote the use of natural light to afford optimum use of energy efficient lighting systems (ballasts, task lighting, etc.) And heat reclaim devices.

P 36 5.17.5 Environmental Design Requirements:(B) Construction Materials and Products. The EPA is sensitive to materials and products specified for construction and build out for its new facility. The EPA will encourage minimal use of products that are insensitive to the environment during and after manufacture. These may include: (a) insulations containing Chlorofluorocarbon compounds (CFC's) and refrigerants harmful to the environment (b) wood products from rain forest areas, unless certified as coming from sustainable yield plantations; c) products that off gas chemical pollutants and are hazardous by their presence (such as formaldehyde-treated woods), etc. d) products that are not biodegradable when repaired or removed. The use of interior architectural systems that are of non-toxic materials and free of toxic fumes shall be maximized. Sanitation finishes selected shall be non-permeable, non-corrosive, easily cleaned and easily maintained. No asbestos containing materials shall be used.

Documentation

P.7 ADD1 2.4.3 Cooperation on Documentation of Green Benefits. The successful offeror, his design team, and contractor and subcontractors agree to cooperate with GSA and EPA in developing a "Green Report" on this leased facility which will document the "Green" benefits of the facility planning, design, construction, and operation.

The Green Report will include discussions of:

* The design approaches used by the architects and engineers regarding the conservation features of the building shell, basic mechanical and electrical systems, and site design;

* Conservation and energy efficiencies obtained because of the design approach including energy efficiency calculations and data;

* Extent of recycled materials used, including recycled contents and manufacturers of recycled products;

* Indoor Air Quality features;

* Construction approaches and activities that reflect resource conservation; and

* Innovative energy systems or operations that conserve resources and prevent pollution.

The Offeror is not required to write the Green Report, but is required provide to GSA access and information from its design and construction team and facts sheets on the Green Features of the project. Offeror shall also provide a lump sum of $10,000 to be used to typeset and print the "Green Report". GSA retains the ownership of any report, typeset masters, and printed documents.

ADD1 Para. 2.4.4 Documentation (Part II). The offeror must provide the following environmental documentation with his technical proposal, submission of the final design, and prior to acceptance of the building by GSA, or within 4 weeks of acceptance of the building by GSA, as specified below:

Environmentally Preferable Products - documentation of Environmentally Preferable Products considered during the design, construction, or operating phase of the building, rational for use or non use of these products, and summary of benefits derived from use of the selected products. (Due: submission of the final design and again prior to acceptance of building by GSA)

Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines - documentation of the products in the CPG considered during the design and construction of the project, the recycled content of the products used, and manufacturer of same, cost differential with a standard non-recycled product. (Due: at the submission of the final design)

Water Conservation Measures - documentation of alternatives considered, and products and approaches used that conserve water. (Due: at the submission of the final design)

Energy Conservation - copy of the life cycle cost analysis of the mechanical systems , and and a discussion of energy conservation features included in the building, including a discussion of the cost impacts of various choice up front or during the life of the lease. (Due: at the submission of the final design)

Natural Landscaping - documentation of alternatives considered, and products and approaches adopted that are part of a landscaping plan that reflect native, low maintenance species, and minimized watering requirements. (Due: at the submission of the final design).

Solar Applications - documentation of solar applications considered, cost analyses of alternatives considered, documentation of final applications, if any, used, and cost impacts, both construction and operation costs of this applications. (Due: at the submission of the final design).

Indoor Air Quality Standards - documentation that the building has met the standards set forth in Appendix B.1.2.3 of EPA's Facilities Manual, Appendix H of the SFO and other Indoor Air Quality specifications contained in the SFO. (Due: prior to acceptance of building by GSA)

Construction Period Recycling - documentation of approaches, quantities recycled, cost impacts and landfill impacts of construction period recycling. (Due: within four weeks of acceptance of building by GSA).

Update of these reports are due within four weeks of acceptance of building by GSA.

Source Selection Language

P 17 4.1.1 Technical Proposal, Design Narrative (1) Architectural f. Provide a narrative description of the approaches, systems, and elements of the design that will reflect EPA's environmental mission. (See also General References)

P 18 4.1.1 Technical Proposal, Design Narrative (3) Mechanical I. Provide a narrative description of the approaches, elements, and concepts that will be incorporated into the design that encourage energy efficiency and conservation, without affecting the health, safety, and operational aspects of the facility. (See also Energy Efficiency Language) 

P 18 4.1.1 Technical Proposal, Design Narrative (3) Electrical I. Provide a narrative description of the approaches, elements, and concepts that will be incorporated into the design that encourage energy efficiency and conservation, without affecting the health, safety, and operational aspects of the facility. (See also Energy Efficiency Language)

ADD1 4.1.1b.Design Narrative. (6) Miscellaneous c.Construction Period Recycling Plan As part of the technical proposal, the offeror shall submit an outline Construction Period Recycling plan that lists the materials to be recycled on or off site. Upon award, the winning offeror must supplement this outline plan with a complete Construction Period Recycling plan that lists materials to be recycled on or off site, the methods employed to recycle those materials, identify the off-site receiver of those materials and detail the ultimate use of those materials by the receiver. Note that the offeror is required to document Construction Period Recycling accomplishments, including quantities recycled, under 2.4.4. (See also Construction Period Recycling).

P 23 4.10.1 Evaluation Factors for Award 1) Mechanical. .... Indoor air quality and cross-contamination are primary concerns........ Judgement of operational effectiveness will be based on fuel type, energy conservation features, system flexibility, and expand-ability. (See also Energy Efficiency Language)

P 24 4.10 Evaluation Factors for Award 2) Architectural Architectural evaluation will consider the building construction, energy conscious design features, materials, design flexibility and an indoor air quality plan.

b. Energy-conscious design features means those features incorporated in the design which relate to energy conservation. The design will be evaluated for inclusion of active and passive design techniques to minimize heating and cooling loads (e.g. green lighting, use of solar panels, window reveals), facility siting to take advantage of sun and wind paths and existing vegetation, day lighting features, and solar shading design, etc. (See also Energy Efficiency Language) 

P. 24 4.10 Evaluation Factors for Award 3) Electrical d The system incorporates energy conserving features, including: use of photo sensors, daylight/occupancy sensors, and programable lighting fixture controls, etc. (See also Energy Efficiency Language)

Lead in Drinking Water

P.62 7.14.3 Testing: In accordance with the provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1986, the drinking water from the drinking water system within the facility must be tested in accordance with EPA guidelines to assure that the levels of lead and Copper do not exceed the permissible levels established by EPA. The protocol for sampling and testing provide in EPA publication: Lead in Drinking Water, EPA 570/9-89-001, January 1989, and guidelines provided in EPA CD-Rom entitled: SHEMD Disk #1, Release 6, September 1997 should be followed in conducting and testing. The testing should be conducted by the lessor prior to occupancy and thereafter annually utilizing qualified personnel to conduct the sampling and a SDWA certified Laboratory to perform the Testing and evaluation.

Lead in Paint

P 33 5.13.1 Painting. General. ....Paint containing more than 0.06% lead is prohibited.

Life Cycle Costing

p.47 ADD17.1.4 Energy Efficiency. The HVAC system shall be energy efficient, resulting in the lowest life cycle cost for the facility based on a 20 year life cycle cost analysis (LCCA). A LCCA of at least two different air conditioning systems is required for the project, however, the air distribution system shall be as specified herein. The LCCA shall be performed in accordance with the method and evaluation procedures prescribed in the "U.S. Department of Commerce, NBS Handbook 135, (rev 1987). The use of heat recovery devices are desirable. Any heat recovery devices must be proven and demonstrated as reliable and must avoid cross contamination between supply air and exhaust air. Any heat recovery device proposed must have been in the market/industry for a minimum of two (2) years and they should currently have been used in three (3) facilities for a period of at least two years. The impacts of any heat recovery system shall be included in the LCCA. The LCCA of all systems shall be presented with the Best and Final offer. (See also energy efficiency).

Energy Efficiency

P 18 4.1.1 Technical Proposal, Design Narrative (3) Mechanical I. Provide a narrative description of the approaches, elements, and concepts that will be incorporated into the design that encourage energy efficiency and conservation, without affecting the health, safety, and operational aspects of the facility. (See also Source Selection Language) 

P 18 4.1.1 Technical Proposal, Design Narrative (3) Electrical I. Provide a narrative description of the approaches, elements, and concepts that will be incorporated into the design that encourage energy efficiency and conservation, without affecting the health, safety, and operational aspects of the facility. (See also Source Selection Language) 

P 23 4.10.1 Evaluation Factors for Award 1) Mechanical. .... Indoor air quality and cross-contamination are primary concerns........ Judgement of operational effectiveness will be based on fuel type, energy conservation features, system flexibility, and expand-ability. (See also Source Selection Language)

P 24 4.10 Evaluation Factors for Award 2) Architectural Architectural evaluation will consider the building construction, energy conscious design features, materials, design flexibility and an indoor air quality plan.

b. Energy-conscious design features means those features incorporated in the design which relate to energy conservation. The design will be evaluated for inclusion of active and passive design techniques to minimize heating and cooling loads (e.g. green lighting, use of solar panels, window reveals), facility siting to take advantage of sun and wind paths and existing vegetation, day lighting features, and solar shading design, etc. (See also Source Selection Language) 

P. 24 4.10 Evaluation Factors for Award 3) Electrical d The system incorporates energy conserving features, including: use of photo sensors, daylight/occupancy sensors, and programable lighting fixture controls, etc. (See also Source Selection Language) 

P35 5.17.1 General: This solicitation requires that energy conservation features be designed into the facility. These features, if not in conflict with specific requirements of this Solicitations, shall be those described in the "GSA Energy Conservation Guidelines for New Buildings" Handbook.

P35 5.17.2 Energy Conservation Design: the offeror, at a minimum, meet the energy efficiency performance standards at 10 CFR 435 or ASHRAE Standard 90.1 using the prospective methods. Thermal insulation shall be inside the perimeter walls. Wall heat capacity shall be calculated by the offeror based on the mass and the specific facing materials offered. The office segment of the building shall meet an operational performance guidelines of 55,000 BTU/Equivalent gross Square foot/year. The consumption rate includes energy supplied by conventional fuel sources plus solar collected and transferred energy through the building HVAC system. This consumption rate is exclusive of passive collected energy through windows, walls, and their external surfaces. Consideration shall be given to the following design features:

(A) placement of the thermal insulation outside the mass of the building to retard diurnal temperature variations.

(B) use of double glazed, low E, insulating glass windows to minimize absorbed summer sunlight.

C) use of window reveals sized to allow maximum window shading in summer months while not shading windows in winter months (November- March).

P35 5.17.3 Domestic Hot Water: Domestic Hot Water shall be provided at 105 degrees Fahrenheit for wash room and domestic purposes. The water temperature shall not be boosted and stored at higher than usage temperature.

P35 5.17.4 Landscape: Existing trees should be used to proved shade and wind breaks, insulation, and humidity control for building external surfaces. Also the Lessor shall:

(A) provide a facility design that takes into consideration opportunities to gain energy efficiently through orientation, massing and use of appropriate building and landscaping materials. This configuration does not supersede air circulation requirements defined elsewhere to prevent cross-contamination between supply and exhaust air and between blocks and building(s).

P35 5.17.5 Environmental Design Requirements:(A) Energy Conscious Facility Design: Fundamental design decisions related to energy conservation shall be made during conceptual planning stages. The new design shall utilizes passive design techniques to minimize heating and cooling loads. When necessary, the Offeror shall use window reveals sized to allow maximum window shading in summer and minimize shading of windows in winter months. Siting of the facility in relation to sun and prevailing wind paths and vegetation: efficient design of building form and envelope in response to the climate: reduced cooling load through use of day lighting; and reduced solare heat gains through proper design of solar shading devices should be combined with proper selection of building materials and of HVAC system design for an integrated energy conserving facility. The new facility shall meet Energy Efficiency Standards set by ASHRAE 90-1 (1989) for Buildings. The building design and all construction features (materials, methods of installation, including mechanical and electrical systems) should provide concepts that will reflect and provide reduced energy consumption within the requirements and constraints of this solicitation.

P.37 5.17.11 The size number and location of windows, skylights, and clerestories shall be determined by need for natural light and/or ventilation as well as by energy considerations. All Windows, skylights and clerestories used in heated or air conditions spaces shall be double glazed, low e, insulation type (see 5.23.1)

P.47 7.1.7 Air Volume ......The HVAC system for Blocks A, B, and D shall be recirculating type with an economizer cycle, variable air volume system, with set back at night and unoccupied periods (ref 7.18.1) and may be designed utilizing a separate air handling unit. Unless otherwise indicated, one pass air is required in all rooms in Block C and E.

Note:

Block A -- Lab Administrative Personnel Space

Block B Administrative Support Space

Block C Lab space

Block D Lab related Office Space

Block E Shipping/receiving/LMHF

ADD1 7.1.4 Energy Efficiency. The HVAC system shall be energy efficient, resulting in the lowest life cycle cost for the facility based on a 20 year life cycle cost analysis (LCCA). A LCCA of at least two different air conditioning systems is required for the project, however, the air distribution system shall be as specified herein. The LCCA shall be performed in accordance with the method and evaluation procedures prescribed in the "U.S. Department of Commerce, NBS Handbook 135, (rev 1987). The use of heat recovery devices are desirable. Any heat recovery devices must be proven and demonstrated as reliable and must avoid cross contamination between supply air and exhaust air. Any heat recovery device proposed must have been in the market/industry for a minimum of two (2) years and they should currently have been used in three (3) facilities for a period of at least two years. The impacts of any heat recovery system shall be included in the LCCA. The LCCA of all systems shall be presented with the Best and Final offer. (See also LCCA section)

P.48 7.1.8 Block C and E ......The HVAC system for Block C and E shall be variable volume supply air terminals with variable speed fans and variable volume general area exhaust with variable speed fans.

P48 7.1.12 Facility Management System. The entire facility, including all equipment components of the HVAC system, shall be controlled by a Facility Management System (FMS) that will be integrated to control and monitor interior environment, energy management, lighting, fire management and security functions. The computer based systems shall be METASYS by Johnson Controls or approved equal. The system must be designed for 24 hour operation without operator attendance. The HVAC system shall be sized and adjusted for full hood operations (including night time set back speed setting) in Blocks C and E. Control panels shall be placed at the Building Facility Managers Desk and at a location to be determined by the Lessor for use by the Lessor's maintenance personnel. (See also Building Automation System)

P49 7.2.4 Air Volume: the volume of air supplied by the HVAC system shall be as established in ASHRAE 62-1989,. HVAC systems shall be designed and operate to provide: (a) 20 CFM of outdoor air per person in offices and 20 CFM of outdoor air per person plus other laboratory related requirements, in laboratories (Note: laboratories should exceed this using one pass air.)

p. 49 7.2.7 Air Exchange: The HVAC systems shall be automatically controlled for temperature, airflow and room pressurization by a digital, computer based, energy management control system (EMCS). The integrating system shall include energy savings and documentation capabilities.

P50 7.2.8 Fume Hood Exhaust ..... Combining or manifolding of fume hood exhaust systems is allowed except for hoods that required special exhaust treatment (see list below).....The flow volume of the manifolded system shall be controlled by a variable speed drive exhaust fan in order to attain the maximum energy savings, however, the minimum exhaust discharge velocity established in 7.2.7 shall be maintained.

p.62 Energy Efficiency, ASHRAE Standards. Systems utilized shall be the most efficient in cost (initial and operational), and functional operation for the life of the lease. Use of heat recovery devices and other methods that improve the efficiency of the HVAC system and reduce its life cycle costs are required. Where practicable and safe, the use of recovered heat from single-pass ventilation air for melting of snow and ice at the entrances and sidewalks is suggested. Considerations of health and safety shall take precedence over energy efficiency. Provisions shall be made for an outside air economizer cycle when ambient conditions satisfy temperature and humidity requirements. Those areas not served by a year round conditioning system shall be provided with a heating and ventilation system that provides sufficient air to satisfy equipment requirements. Within the limitations of building systems and unless specified in other sections of this Solicitation, ventilation shall be provide in the most cost effective manner and in accordance with latest ASHRAE Standards (ASHRAE 61-1989 or 62-1989R), as applicable.

P.72 8.3.2 .....The lighting system shall use energy efficient lighting fixtures consisting of energy efficient, electronic high frequency ballasts, T-8 energy saving fluorescent lamps and high quality interior reflective surfaces and lenses. Compact fluorescents shall be used in place of incandescent bulbs for accent lighting and down-lighting. The facility lighting system shall meet EPA's Greenlights" guidelines. Exit lighting shall utilize energy efficient illumination.

P. 71 8.3.3 Photosensors, daylight/occupancy sensors, timers, dimmer or programable lighting fixture controls shall be provided in areas where natural light is available These controls shall be used in continuously occupied areas and in those areas of intermittent occupancy as practical. The capacity to switch light levels (dual switching) form 50% to 100% of intensity shall be provided as indicated herein. Provide occupancy sensors to control lighting in small private office sand toilet areas. Provide 3 -ways switching arrangements for areas that have two or more main entry points. In general, lighting will be controlled by occupant sensors arranged to control open areas of 1,000 square feet or less., and withing individual offices, conference rooms and general use rooms. The control systems will provide an optimal mix of infrared and ultrasonic sensors suitable for to the configuration and type of space. Conference room controls will be arranged to provide manual override switches. The zone extending rom all perimeter wall shall be additionally controlled by light level sensors coordinated with occupant sensors and connected to dimmers adjusted to maintain 50 foot candles at desk surface levels. Control systems are to include controllers and associated devices necessary for the operation of the e system. Occupancy and lift level sensors shall not be installed in the lab modules unless approved by the Government. Lab module lighting shall be manually controlled except for night time setback.

P71 8.3.1.1 The interior general overhead lighting fixtures in the lab modules and the main corridors, adjacent and leading to the lab modules, shall be connected to the HVAC nighttime setback system for the laboratory modules. The lighting and HVAC systems shall be placed in the nighttime setback mode concurrently. Nighttime setback for the overhead lighting will turn the lighting fixtures "off" and return the lights to the "on" condition when the HVAC system is taken out of the nighttime setback mode of operation. The lighting fixtures shall have an override capability as the HVAC system does to allow the lighting of selected lab modules to be returned "on and Off' concurrently with the HVAC system

p73 8.4.2 ... All exterior lights shall have an automatic turn on/off system such as a solar sensor or photo electric cell.

Recycled Materials Uses/CPG

P.31 5.7.3 Gypsum Wallboard: All gypsum wall board utilized for new partitions or wall surfaces shall have face paper with a 100% recycled (pre- or post-consumer) content. A number of manufacturers currently manufacture gypsum wall board with recycled gypsum content. To the maximum extent practicable without sacrificing functional or price performance gypsum wallboard containing recovered gypsum filler material shall be used. All gypsum wallboard shall be equivalent to standard, commercial grade, locally available products and shall comply with and be used in accordance with all applicable ANSI/ASTM Standards.

ADD1 5.10.2.1 Vinyl Composition Tile. All Vinyl Composition Tile shall have a minimum recycled content of 5%.

ADD1 5.10.7 Ceramic Tile Flooring. All ceramic tile shall have a minimum recycled content of 50%.

P.31 5.8.2.2 Toilet Room Dividers/Partitions. All restroom dividers/partitions construction of steel or plastic must adhere to the requirements of the Comprehensive Procurement Guide for post consumer content and total recovered content.

Material Type     Post consumer         Total Recovered
                          Content                     Materials Content

Steel                         16%                     20-30%
Plastic                     20-100%               20-100%

ADD1 5.10.8 Patio Blocks: If patio blocks are used in the recreation area specified in 5.3.4, the recycled content of the patio blocks shall be (as outlined in the Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines):

                                                                        Total Recovered
Material Type         Post Consumer Content     Materials Content

Rubber or 
Rubber Blends             90-100%                             -------
Plastic or Plastic 
Blends                           --------                             90-100%

The exceptions allowed in the Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines can be used by the offeror if products cannot be found meeting performance or price specifications.

P. 34 5.13.10 Exterior Paint: Where applicable on exterior surfaces only, the use of consolidated and reprocessed latex paint meeting the requirements of the Comprehensive Procurement Guide for post Consumer content and total recovered content should be considered, if feasible.

Product                     Post Consumer                     Total Recovered
                                  Content Materials                 Content

Reprocessed
Latex Paint
   *White, Off-
     White, Pastel
      Colors                         20%                                     20%
   * Grey, Brown,
      Earthtones, and
      Other Dark
      Colors                         50-99%                             50-99%
Consolidated 
Latex Paint                         100%                                 100%

p.36 ADD1 5.17.7 Use of Recycled Materials: Under Section 6002 of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the EPA has set guidelines for Federal State and local procuring agencies, using appropriated Federal funds, to purchase items composed of the highest percentage of recovered materials practicable. The EPA requires that its facilities follow the guidelines of the Comprehensive Guidelines for Procurement of Products containing Recovered Materials, Final Rule 40 CFR 247, Federal Register, Monday, May 1, 1995; Recovered Materials Advisory Notice (SWH-FRL-5198-8) Federal Register Monday, May 1, 1995; Comprehensive Procurement Guide II, 62 Federal Register 60961, November 13, 1997; and Recovered Materials Advisory Notice II, 62 Federal Register 60976, November 13, 1997. If CPG products are not used, provide documentation. The following exceptions are allowed: (1) when the cost is unreasonable: (2) inadequate competition exists: (3) items are not available within a reasonable period of time; or (4) items do not meet the solicitation performance standards.

P 37 5.17.8 Use of Recovered Materials in Building Insulation Products: Building insulation products used in the construction of ceiling, floors, foundations, and walls, (including blanket, board, spray-in-place and loose-fill insulations) shall conform to the following minimum standards for recovered materials:

Material Type Percent by Weight

Cellulose Loose-fill and spray on 75% post consumer recovered paper

Fiberglass 20% Glass Cullet

Perlite composition board 23% post -consumer recovered paper

Plastic Rigid Foam, polyisocyanurate/polyurethane: rigid foam 9% recovered material

Foam-in-place 5% recovered material

Glass fiber reinforced 6% recovered material

Phenolic rigid foam 5% recovered material

Rock Wool 75% recovered material

Plastic Non-woven Batt 100% recovered or post consumer plastics

Note: The minimum content standards are based on the weight of the material (not volume) in the insulating core only.

In the case of Fiberglass Insulation, products shall meet the requirements established in ASTM standard specification D5359, "Glass Cullet Recovered from Waste for Use in Manufacture of Glass Fiber"

p. 37 5.17.9 The Offeror shall include as a design consideration the Agency's preference for the use of building insulation produced with recovered materials. The Offeror shall specify the type of building insulation products to be supplied and shall justify in writing the basis of the selected product type if it is not listed above, or if any products listed above has a higher minimum content standard than the selected products.

p.42 ADD1 6.5.2 Use of Coal Fly Ash as a Partial Replacement for Cement in Concrete: Consistent with the performance requirements of cement and concrete products required in this SFO and all applicable State, local, and other building codes, the contractor shall use Fly Ash, a finely divided residue resulting from the combustion of coal, as a partial replacement for cement in concrete to the maximum extent practicable within the given constraints of cost and performance and in accordance with ANSI/ASTM standards and all applicable codes. For additional information on the use of Fly Ash, see the following:

Cement Specifications

Concrete Specifications P 43 ADD1 6.5.3 Note on Coal Fly Ash and Ground Granulated Blast Furnace Slag EPA's Comprehensive Procurement Guidelines recommend the use of Cement and Concrete containing Coal Fly ash and Ground Granulated Blast furnace Slag (GGBF), but due to variation in coal fly ash, GGBF slag, cement, strength requirements, costs, and construction practices, EPA is not recommending and des not recommend recovered materials consent levels for cement or concrete containing coal fly ash or GGBF slag. EPA is however, providing the following information about recovered materials content: ADD1 5.25.7 Recycled Content of Acoustical Ceiling Tile. All Acoustical Ceiling Tile shall have a minimum recycled content of 80%, unless a product is not available that meets other specifications and parameters described in other parts of this SFO.

Indoor Air Quality

p.5 2.1.2.1 EPA Standards: The Design of the building, and of all its components shall be in accordance with the recommendations and Guidelines of the EPA Facilities Manuals 1 and 4, herewith attached in Appendices H and J. ......

Appendix J - Volume 1 of the EPA Facilities Manual entitled "Architecture, Engineering, and Planning Guidelines" provides the EPA recommended (Prefreed) guidance and guidelines in addition to code requirements. The lessor is required to abide with these guidelines as well as the local codes and the codes stated in this document.

See Appendix B Indoor Air Quality Requirements.

p.13 3.4.5 Exhaust: fume hood exhausts, cooling towers, emergency generator exhausts, truck loading areas etc must be located so as to avoid any entrainment by air handling systems fresh air intakes. .........

P 23 4.10.1 Evaluation Factors for Award 1) Mechanical. .... Indoor air quality and cross-contamination are primary concerns........ Judgement of operational effectiveness will be based on fuel type, energy conservation features, system flexibility, and expand-ability. (See also Source Selection Language)

P 24 4.10 Evaluation Factors for Award 2) Architectural Architectural evaluation will consider the building construction, energy conscious design features, materials, design flexibility and an indoor air quality plan.

b. Energy-conscious design features means those features incorporated in the design which relate to energy conservation. The design will be evaluated for inclusion of active and passive design techniques to minimize heating and cooling loads (e.g. green lighting, use of solar panels, window reveals), facility siting to take advantage of sun and wind paths and existing vegetation, day lighting features, and solar shading design, etc. (See also Source Selection Language)

p.30 5.6 Finish Installation/Sequencing for Indoor Air Quality Considerations.

5.6.1 General. Special construction scheduling involves defining and controlling sequencing of finishes applications to ensure dissipation of high emissions from the finishes that off-gas unacceptably high quantities of potentially harmful material during curing, and to separate and avoid the installation of adsorptive materials that would act as a "sink" for storage and subsequent release of these unwanted substances into building spaces and mechanical systems after project occupancy. Special procedures involve provision of temporary construction ventilation as well as restrictions and controls on the use of building mechanical systems to prevent contamination by construction wastes and other deleterious substances.

5.6.2 Type 1 Materials and Finishes: Materials and finishes which have a potential for short-term levels of off-gassing from chemicals inherent in their manufacturing process, or which are applied in a form requiring vehicles or carriers for spreading which release a high level of particulate matter in the process of installation and/or curing. Type 1 Finishes include, but are not limited to the following:

1) Composite wood products, specifically including particle board and plywood from which millwork, wood paneling, doors, or furniture may be fabricated.

2) Adhesives, sealants, and glazing compounds.

3) Wood preservatives, wood finishes, primers and paints, and paint-like finishes.

4) Control and/or expansion joint fillers, fire stopping materials, and caulking.

5) Hard Finishes requirement adhesive installation including but not limited to plastic laminate, linoleum, and rubber tile.

6) Gypsum board and associated finish processes and products.

5.6.3 Type 2 Finishes: Soft materials and finishes which are woven, fibrous, or porous in nature and may adsorb chemicals off-gassed by Type 1 Finishes, or may be adversely affected by airborne particulates. These materials have the potential to become sinks for deleterious substances which may be released much later, or act as collectors of contaminates that may promote subsequent bacterial growth. Type 2 Finishes include, but are not limited to the following: 

1) Carpet and padding, and other woven or fibrous floor finishes.

2) Fabric wall covering

3) Insulation materials exposed to the airstream.

4) Acoustic ceiling materials

5) Furnishings and fabric coverings

Note: Materials that can be categorized as both Type 1 and Type 2 materials shall be considered Type 1 Materials.

5.6.4 Sequence. Offeror shall sequence construction to complete off-gassing of Type I materials prior to installation of Type 2 materials during the construction, build out, and finishing of the space and segregate the operation of the HVAC systems so that emissions in works zones do not contaminate areas where construction and installation of Type 2 materials and finishes has been completed.

At a minimum, following completion of installation of Type 1 materials in an area, the facility should be off-gassed for at least 48 hours, unless curing schedules provided by materials manufacturers call for a longer curing process, in which case, an appropriate and longer period for off-gassing should be used. Provide the maximum rate of fresh air to the HVAC system during the off-gassing period.

The HVAC system may be used to move both supply and return air except that permanent return air ductwork or finished plenum systems shall not be used in areas subject to any construction or finish installation work. No recirculating of inside air is permitted -- temporary exhaust systems must be used with exhaust air directly to the outside from the construction area.

Apply all Type 1 interior finishes throughout the entire controlled building segment and allow such finishes to completely cure according to intervals and times stated in respective finish manufacturer's printed instructions before commencing installation of any Type 2 materials in the same area. Do not store any Type 2 materials in areas where installation or curing of Type 1 Materials is in progress.

P.31 5.7.3 Gypsum Wallboard: All gypsum wall board utilized for new partitions or wall surfaces shall have a minimum content (pre- or post-consumer)..... gypsum wallboard shall be equivalent to standard, commercial grade, locally available products. Without sacrificing cost or product performance, all joint compound materials are to have the lowest VOC. possible and shall not contain any antifreeze.

P.31 5.8.1.Janitors Closets. .....These rooms shall be equipped with exhaust ventilation and louvered doors.

P 32 5.10.1.Carpet .1 (a) 0% PVC, 0% 4PC, No SBR Latex 

P 36 5.17.5 Environmental Design Requirements:(c) Caulks. All caulks shall be lower VOC. emitting sealants such as acrylic, oleoresins, polysulfides or silicone products n lieu of solvent based acrylic sealants, butyl rubber based sealants (such as neoprene) and SBR sealants. The offeror shall provide Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for all caulking as soon as possible after award. Where these specified caulks do not provide the adequate performance, contact the contracting officer for approval of substituted products.

P 36 5.17.5 Environmental Design Requirements:(d) Adhesives and Sealant. All adhesives and sealants employed on the project (including but not limited to, adhesives for carpet, plastic laminate, wood adhesives, and sealants0 are to be those with the lowest Volatile Organic Compound (VOC.) contents consistent with price and performance and which meet the requirements of the manufacturer of the products involved or adhered. The offeror is to provide the contracting officer the Materials Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) for all adhesives.

P. 40 5.29.1 Off-Gassing after completion of interior fit up/furniture installation. At a minimum, following completion of the interior build out and installation of tenant furniture, the facility should be off-gassed for at least 48 hours prior to occupancy. Provide the maximum rate of fresh air to the HVAC system while maintaining other normal operating parameters and conditions regarding humidity and temperature.

Where construction and finish work is being performed in portions of a building while other parts of the building are being occupied, each construction and finish work area shall be segregated from the HVAC system so that exhaust from the construction and finish work area does not enter into the HVAC system and contaminate parts of the building where construction and finish work and/or furniture installation is complete.

HVAC ductwork should be sealed and protected from dust and dirt infiltration during construction, especially for dust generating activities such as gypsum wall board finishing and sanding.

P 55 7.3.5 Location of intakes and exhaust/engineering study of re-entrainment of air.

ADD1 Paragraph 5.17.5 Environmental Design Requirements (h) Radon Abatement. Replace this paragraph with the following: The EPA seeks to limit the presence of radon or radon drafts into the new facility by appropriate selection of building materials and thoughtful facility design. The offeror shall carefully examine the site geological surveys to obtain predictive radon infiltration data from subgrade geological structures. The offeror shall also use building materials such as concrete aggregate and stone from sources with low probabilities of radioactivity. The level of radon in any area of the finished building shall not exceed four picoCuries per liter of air.

P 91 9.20 Radon in Air (Oct 1996) The radon concentration in the air of space leased to the Government shall be less than the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) action concentration for home of 4 picocuries per liter (Pc/L), herein called the "EPA action concentration".

Initial Testing:

The lessor shall test for radon that portion of space planned for occupancy by the Government in ground contact or closest to the ground up to and including the second floor above grade (space on the third or higher floor above grade need not be measured), report the results to the Contacting Officer upon award, and promptly carry out a corrective action program for any radon concentration which equals or exceeds the EPA action level.

Testing sequence: The lessors shall measure radon by the Standard Test in Subparagraph (d)(1), completing the Test no later than 150 days after award, unless the Contracting officer decides that there is not enough time to complete the Test before Government occupancy, in which case, the Lessor shall perform the Short test in subparagraph (d)(2).

If the space offered for lease to the government is in a building under construction or proposed for construction, the Lessor shall, if possible, perform the Standard Test during build out before Government Occupancy of the space. If the Contracting Officer decides that is si not possible to complete the Standard Test before occupancy, the Lessor shall complete the Short test before occupancy, and the Standard test not later than 150 days after occupancy.

Corrective action program: .......

Ozone Layer Protection 

P 36 5.17.5 Environmental Design Requirements:(E) Ozone Depletion. As a contribution to stop depletion of the ozone layer of the geosphere, the use of CFC's is not permitted.

Water Conservation

P.28 5.3.1 Landscaping. General. Consideration should be given to use of vegetation which would help remove carbon dioxide from the air and requires minimum water and fertilization usage (xeriscaping.). .... A drip irrigation system for exterior landscaping shall be used wherever feasible.

P 35 5.17.4 Landscape: (B) provide the site landscaped with local trees and shrubs to help remove carbon dioxide from the air and where possible, vegetation that requires minimal watering, but is aesthetically compatible with the design. Offerors are required to identify names, ages, and number of trees in their submission.

C) provide an aesthetically pleasing facility that is visually and physically related to the adjacent context. The Facility orientation shall take maximum advantage of outside views.

P 35 5.17.4 Landscape: (D) provide a drip irrigation system for exterior landscaping wherever possible.

P 36 5.17.5 Environmental Design Requirements: (I) Water Conservation: The EPA requires that its new facility be designed to minimize water consumption through use of water saving measures. The facility design should consider optimum sizing of plumbing systems, use of flow restricting spray nozzles and faucets and showers and low flush volumes for fixtures.

P 61 7.15.1 Offeror shall provide low flow plumbing fixtures (ie. 1.5 gallons per flush for toilets and urinals and 0.5 gallons per minute for all faucet aerators)

P 91 ADD1 9.18.4 All landscaped areas shall be watered by means of a fully automatic underground sprinkling system using pop-up sprinkler heads. but only if and only in areas where drip irrigation systems or reliance on native vegetations' hardiness to survive dry conditions would present appearance/replacement problems.

Recycling room

p 14 3.4.9 Recycling Room. A Recycling Room is to be located in Block E. The room should be conveniently located to Blocks B, C and E. This room will serve as a central collection and pick-up area for recycled materials (i.e. paper, Cans, Bottles, Etc.) Direct access to the rear paved area is desirable. Storage standard HVAC and electrical is required.

P 36 5.17.5 Environmental Design Requirements: (g) Recycling requirement The facility shall be designed to support an aggressive solid waste Management Plan. The facility shall properly locate and provide for spaces that facilitate the collection, separation, compacting, storage and shipment of all recyclable materials. General Office space, shipping and storage areas and loading docks shall be designed to respond to this important activity.

Architectural/Passive Solar Design

P 24 4.10 Evaluation Factors for Award 2) Architectural Architectural evaluation will consider the building construction, energy conscious design features, materials, design flexibility and an indoor air quality plan.

b. Energy-conscious design features means those features incorporated in the design which relate to energy conservation. The design will be evaluated for inclusion of active and passive design techniques to minimize heating and cooling loads (e.g. green lighting, use of solar panels, window reveals), facility siting to take advantage of sun and wind paths and existing vegetation, day lighting features, and solar shading design, etc. (See also Source Selection Section)

p.37 5.17.10 The use of Natural but controlled day lighting should be maximized to the extent that id does not conflict with EPA energy conservation objectives. The EPA values natural light and perceives it as part of exemplary working environment where possible. The building organization and design concept shall bring adequate natural light into personnel spaces. Use of windows, skylights, and clerestories in the design is encouraged.

P.37 5.17.11 The size number and location of windows, skylights, and cleretorise shall be determined by need for natural light and/or ventilation as well as by energy considerations. All Windows, skylights and clerestories used in heated or air conditions spaces shall be double glazed, low e, insulation type (see also 5.23.1) .

Landscape Conservation

p. 28 5.2.1 Physical Character of Site. (B) Natural Features- natural site features such as existing trees, ground forms, and water shall be preserved and utilized to the maximum extent possible.

P.28 5.3.1 Landscaping. General. Consideration should be given to use of vegetation which would help remove carbon dioxide from the air and requires minimum water and fertilization usage (xeriscaping.). .... A drip irrigation system for exterior landscaping shall be used wherever feasible.

P 35 5.17.4 Landscape: (B) provide the site landscaped with local trees and shrubs to help remove carbon dioxide from the air and where possible, vegetation that requires minimal watering, but is aesthetically compatible with the design. Offerors are required to identify names, ages, and number of trees in their submission.

C) provide an aesthetically pleasing facility that is visually and physically related to the adjacent context. The Facility orientation shall take maximum advantage of outside views.

P 35 5.17.4 Landscape: (D) provide a drip irrigation system for exterior landscaping wherever possible.

Building Automation System

P.48 7.1.12 Facility Management System. The entire facility, including all equipment components of the HVAC system, shall be controlled by a Facility Management System (FMS) that will be integrated to control and monitor interior environment, energy management, lighting, fire management and security functions. The computer based systems shall be METASYS by Johnson Controls or approved equal. The system must be designed for 24 hour operation without operator attendance. The HVAC system shall be sized and adjusted for full hood operations (including night time set back speed setting) in Blocks C and E. Control panels shall be placed at the Building Facility Managers Desk and at a location to be determined by the Lessor for use by the Lessor's maintenance personnel. (See also Energy Efficiency section)

DOE-2 Modeling

ADD1 5.17.2.1 DOE-2 Modeling. EPA has funded the cost of a DOE-2.1 computer analysis of the energy use of the proposed facility. After award, the offeror agrees to provide the information necessary to EPA's DOE-2 contractor to develop the energy use analysis, and agrees to co-operate with GSA and EPA in evaluating and incorporating cost-effective alternatives suggested as a result of the DOE -2 analysis that will reduce facility energy consumption.

Construction Period Recycling

ADD1 4.1.1b.Design Narrative. (6) Miscellaneous c.Construction Period Recycling Plan As part of the technical proposal, the offeror shall submit an outline Construction Period Recycling plan that lists the materials to be recycled on or off site. Upon award, the winning offeror must supplement this outline plan with a complete Construction Period Recycling plan that lists materials to be recycled on or off site, the methods employed to recycle those materials, identify the off-site receiver of those materials and detail the ultimate use of those materials by the receiver. Note that the offeror is required to document Construction Period Recycling accomplishments, including quantities recycled, under 2.4.4. (See also Construction Period Recycling).




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