Guiding Principles Compliance (GPC) Overview

The Green Building Initiative’s (GBI) Guiding Principles Compliance (GPC) programs are developed to specifically assess and verify compliance with the Federal Guiding Principles, as mandated by Executive Order 13834 Efficient Federal operations. Each GPC assessment includes a site visit, detailed documentation review, and verification of compliance by a GBI-assigned third-party assessor.


The Green Building Initiative’s Guiding Principles Compliance (GPC) programs are the first independent assessment and compliance verification programs enabling government agencies to determine their compliance with the Guiding Principles, as originally mandated by Executive Order 13423. GBI continuously updates GPC programs and materials with each successive E.O. – 13514, 13693, and now 13834 – removing guesswork from the compliance process, and facilitating to improve the sustainability of federally owned, leased, or operated buildings.

Guiding Principles Compliance sets the standard for accuracy, consistency, and credibility through a clear and simple yet robust third-party evaluation process. Our streamlined process and third-party assessors minimize agency personnel’s time and effort to verify compliance with the Guiding Principles. In addition to recommending improvements, third-party assessors provide a final assessment report verifying compliance for each individual requirement. Hundreds of federal buildings have been assessed using the GBI GPC programs – now it’s your turn..


  • Third-party assessment with on-site verification of building characteristics and documentation by a sustainability expert
  • Simple all-in-one process
  • Access to third-party assessor trained in Guiding Principles Compliance, including recommendations within their reports
  • Most efficient path to agency compliance

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