Guiding Principles Compliance Workshop

Green Building Initiative (GBI) Guiding Principles Compliance Professional (GPCP), Department of Defense Version, Workshop

Join the Green Building Initiative (GBI) for a 1.5-day workshop to learn how to execute the vision for better performing public buildings through compliance with Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) 1-200-02 High Performance and Sustainable Building Requirements. Executive Order 13834 continues to direct agencies to report on performance improvements, cost reductions, energy and water savings, and many other sustainable initiatives as identified by the Guiding Principles. Experienced building industry professionals working with the federal government will become expert users of the GBI Guiding Principles Compliance (GPC) for Dept. of Defense (DOD) sustainable building assessment system. As an added benefit, participants of the workshop may choose to take the   Guiding Principles Compliance Professional exam on-site or may opt to take it online within 45 days to receive certification.

Who Should Attend: DoD personnel, AE/KTR, and contractors who design and execute DoD projects with buildings that are third-party certification (TPC) applicable and will be owned by the Air Force or Navy (includes Army teams who execute buildings for Air Force or Navy).

Why Attend: In-depth training on GPC DoD and preparation to test and become an accredited GPCP.

Cost: Non-Member $750 Member $500 Covers registration, workshop, training material, parking pass, coffee/water service, lite refreshments, application, online access to GPC Reference Guide and Technical Manual, and optional onsite and online access to GPCP test, 2-year GPCP accreditation. 

Credit Class: Continuing Education Units: After completing the live training program and passing the exam, certified GPCP candidates can receive five LU/HSW continuing education credits from the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Health Safety Welfare: Yes

Sustainable Design: Yes

LEED AP: Yes, LEED "Green building task" credit, not "LEED-specific task"

NCEES Professional Engineer (PE): Dependent on individual state’s acceptance of AIA course

GPCP Exam Options: Attendees have the option to take the exam at the end of the training (hard copy) or you can complete the exam online at your leisure within 45 days of the training. If you pass the exam on-site, you will receive an electronic certificate within 48 hours. Everyone taking the exam will be required to sign the Professional Certification EULA before taking the exam. 

At the end of the course, participants will:
  • Understand that buildings are one of the heaviest consumers of our natural resources. List and explain the human and environmental benefits of a Guiding Principles Compliance assessment and understand why green building is important.
  • Recall the major steps of the GPC for New Constructions to collaboratively seek to establish and follow a common set of sustainable Guiding Principles for integrated design, energy performance, water conservation, indoor environmental quality, and materials aimed at helping Federal agencies and organizations.
  • Understand how complying with the Guiding Principles requirements reduces the total ownership cost of facilities, improves energy efficiency and water conservation, provides safe, healthy and productive built environments for the workers and the general public that use these buildings and promotes sustainable environmental stewardship.
  • Recognize how the collaborative integrated design process influences the design and construction of government buildings that not only serve the general public but provide an example of high performing buildings to the design community.


Day 1

8:00 a.m. Course Overview

8:15 a.m. Why Green Buildings?

8:30 a.m. Who is GBI?

9:00 a.m. Guiding Principles Compliance Overview

9:40 a.m. BREAK

10:00 a.m. Guiding Principles Compliance New Construction for DOD Criteria

12:30 p.m. LUNCH – Offsite on your own

1:30 p.m. Guiding Principles Compliance New Construction for DOD Criteria

4:00 p.m. BREAK

4:20 p.m. Guiding Principles Compliance – Getting Started

5:00 p.m. Adjourn

Day 2

8:00 a.m. Guiding Principles Compliance New Construction for DOD Process

9:30 a.m. Final Verification and Recognition Items

10:00 a.m. Questions / BREAK

10:30 a.m. GPCP Test

12:00 p.m. Adjourn

Getting There:

Details forthcoming


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Once Your Order is Placed:

  • You will be added to the attendee list and GBI will contact you prior to the live training to provide up to date details and logistics.


Micah Thomas, Director of Compliance Green Globes® & Guiding Principles Compliance Programs

Micah Thomas refines the assessment, rating and certification processes online and off for GBI’s rating systems; develops customized tools and processes to meet the specific and unique needs of federal Guiding Principles Compliance users; and augments back-end administrative mechanisms. Micah’s background is in user-focused project management. Prior to joining GBI, he was the support department manager for the Play N Trade Franchise Inc., in San Clemente, Calif.; and he was responsible at several organizations for hardware and software rollouts in cities across the United States. He holds a Bachelor of Liberal Arts from Whittier College.

Mark Russell, Partner, Wise Built, LLC

Dr. Mark Russell, PE is a partner in Wise Built, LLC and has evaluated over 100 buildings as a Green Globes assessor. Additionally, Dr. Russell is on the faculty of the University of Florida as a lecturer in the Rinker School of Construction Management. Mark has over 20 years of construction experience that includes: 12 years as a US Navy Civil Engineer Corps officer, 4 years as a Contract Manager for URS, and 8 years with his own private sustainable construction firm.

Dr. Russell earned his Ph.D. from the University of Florida with his dissertation focusing on building rating systems. Additionally, he has earned his MBA from New Hampshire College, a Master’s in Environmental/Civil Engineering from Old Dominion University, and a BSEE in Electrical Engineering for the University of Central Florida. He is licensed as a Professional Engineer and a Certified General Contractor in the state of Florida.

Megan Baker, Manager, Engagement & Client Support

As a Manager of Engagement and Client Support for GBI, Megan provides personalized support to clients including fielding general inquiries and project management of sustainability assessment projects. Megan also leads training, creates educational content and represents GBI across the green building industry. She comes to GBI with experience in both sustainability consulting and customer service in the hospitality industry. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of Mary Washington and a Master’s of Business Administration from Regis University with a concentration in Operations Management. Megan is originally from Rhode Island and currently resides in Denver, Colo.

More questions about this workshop? Contact Megan Baker at or (503) 274-0448 x109