GSA officials say the Cohen Federal Building project will serve as a GSA Green Proving Ground program testing location. Photo: GSA.

Vitro Architectural Glass recently hosted officials from the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at its plant in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The company took the opportunity to announce its progress in low embodied carbon, sustainability objectives and work to improve environmental performance.

Vitro officials also announced that GSA selected several of its low-embodied carbon, energy-efficient products for a renovation project at the Whittaker Courthouse in Kansas City, Missouri, and a test project at the Cohen Federal Building in Washington, D.C. GSA officials say the Cohen Federal Building project will serve as a GSA Green Proving Ground program testing location. The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will conduct testing and performance evaluations for this project.

“We are committed to continually raising the industry standard for sustainability and strongly believe in transparency, as shown in our recent updates to our environmental product declarations and Cradle-to-Cradle Certified achievements,” says Paul Bush, Vitro’s vice president of technical services, sustainability and government affairs. “We’re pleased that the GSA again selected our low embodied carbon glass for landmark renovation projects to improve the buildings’ energy efficiency and reduce carbon footprint. Our research and development teams work tirelessly to continually improve our environmental performance so we can continue supporting architects, designers, fabricators and glaziers in meeting their sustainability goals.”

The renovation projects are part of the White House’s Investing in America agenda. The funding comes from the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. The projects are also part of the Buy Clean Initiative, which prioritizes the purchase of asphalt, concrete, glass and steel with lower levels of greenhouse gas emissions associated with their production, use and disposal.

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