Department of Defense


Green Building Initiative’s (GBI) Department of Defense Guiding Principles Compliance for New Construction & Modernization (DOD GPC NC) is a program designed specifically for DOD construction and major modernization projects undergoing Third-Party Certification (TPC) for the federal High Performance and Sustainable Building Requirements (HPSB) Guiding Principles.

Developed with and for the Department of Defense, the DOD GPC NC program validates compliance with Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) 1-200-02 High Performance and Sustainable Building Requirements. When a building meets the requirements of UFC 1-200-02 it is considered compliant with the Guiding Principles for Sustainable Federal Buildings (HPSB Guiding Principles), as described by Implementing Instructions for Executive Order 13834 Efficient Federal Operations.

The DOD GPC NC assessment program is intended to be utilized by construction & modernization projects – beginning with the Integrated Design Team (IDP) Team – to construct Guiding Principles-compliant buildings. DOD Guiding Principles Compliance assessments include third-party assessor review, and a streamlined process to minimize the amount of time and effort required from agency personnel.


UFC 1-200-02, High Performance and Sustainable Building Requirements is effective for all DOD projects. To obtain the latest version of UFC 1-200-02, visit the Whole Building Design Guide’s web page:

Projects that have a delay – either planned or unintentional – of more than 18 months between design completion and the solicitation of offers for construction must be re-evaluated to determine if any design revision is necessary due to changes in criteria (including codes and standards) or site infrastructure (e.g. water supply for fire department vehicle access).

Getting Started

GBI has developed a DOD GPC NC Scoping Checklist as a free, pre-registration tool for contracting officers, realty specialists, and integrated design teams. This Scoping Checklist is for use during the planning stage to identify all goals and requirements for DoD new construction and modernization projects.

The Green Building Initiative’s DOD GPC NC program includes the following materials:

  • DOD GPC NC Scoping Checklist:Click to Download An initial document used in the planning process for determining scope and funding for projects, in advance of official registration with Guiding Principles Compliance assessment program.
  • DOD GPC NC Survey: The primary document utilized by design and construction project teams, in addition to the assigned third-party assessor, to track and determine compliance throughout the construction or modernization project undergoing DOD GPC NC assessment. GBI will provide this survey after purchase.
  • DOD GPC NC Technical Manual: Click to Download A reference supplemental to the survey, the Technical Manual includes guidance for criteria, references, and links to pertinent websites.


The DOD GPC NC assessment includes a third-party review of the completed DOD GPC NC Survey and supporting documentation as part of the Design Submittal phase as well as one of two final assessment options; 1) an Onsite Assessment or 2) a Post-Construction Document Review.

Supplementary reviews can be purchased for an additional fee if the team prefers more than one design review. The survey and assessments aid the Integrated Design Process (IDP) team throughout the design process per the unique goals and needs of each project.

For the full step-by-step process instructions, Click Here for GBI's DOD Guiding Principles Compliance for New Construction Process Guide

If you do not need to follow DOD’s Unified Facilities Criteriayou can find details about GBI's Guiding Principles Compliance for New Construction & Modernization here


To move forward with a GPC NC DoD assessment, please contact Megan Baker (503) 274-0448 ext. 109 or