GSA’s Sustainable Facilities Tool Shares Federal Real Estate Best Practices

By Better Buildings Beat Team on Mar 19, 2019

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), a Better Buildings partner, owns and leases more than 375 million square feet of space in 9,600 buildings in more than 2,200 communities nationwide. As part of its overall mission, GSA seeks to save taxpayer money through better management of federal real estate – which includes operating buildings in a sustainable and energy-efficient way. To support this goal, they created The Sustainable Facilities Tool (SFTool) to improve and share knowledge of sustainable building and procurement topics. Better Buildings partners in the public and private sectors can take advantage of the information and best practices GSA has compiled to advance their own energy and sustainability goals.

From user guides for Facility Managers, Procurement Professionals, Leasing Specialists, and Project Managers to the cost-effective upgrades tool, the SFTool is an informative, shareable, portable, and free resource for building owners and operators.

Here is a breakdown of some of what the SFTool has to offer:

  • Learn foundational knowledge about sustainability topics! Read descriptions, tips, and case studies regarding everything in the realm of high-performance and sustainable buildings. From building components to plug-load reduction, you can learn how this information impacts your position.
  • Plan key strategies for activities related to energy efficiency and sustainability in buildings, including specific retrofits and the implementation of long-term projects like Net Zero and Resiliency.   
  • Explore the interactive virtual building tour that allows you to examine the makeup of various building systems and spaces while learning high-performance design best practices and waste reduction techniques.
  • Find the information you need for buying sustainable alternatives to traditional products and services. This can be a good starting point for those looking to incorporate sustainable products  in their supply chain.
  • Read stories and case studies of specific building projects and see how they achieved success.


These are just a few examples of how Better Building Partners can use the SFTool. Look for the SFTool and some of the individual components on the Better Buildings Solution Center!