Exploring Sustainable Design through Online Sustainable Facilities Tool
GSA is focused on reducing the federal government’s environmental footprint. One way we are accomplishing this goal is through sustainable design. Sustainable design focuses on reducing non-renewable energy consumption, utilizing environmentally-friendly products, and optimizing operational and maintenance practices in our facilities.
As part of our initiative to promote sustainable design, GSA developed the Sustainable Facilities Tool (SFTool), an online resource that supports decision-making regarding sustainable building principles, materials, and systems. SFTool empowers users to identify and prioritize cost-effective design and procurement options to make office buildings and workplaces more sustainable.
The easy-to-navigate website is designed to help users “green” their projects. The interactive tool enables users to identify and incorporate sustainable concepts, as well as select environmentally preferable solutions, for their construction and space renovation projects.
The SFTool website features include:
- Sustainable guidance and tools tailored to specific professions, including facility managers, procurement and leasing specialists, and project managers
- 3-D interactive walk-throughs of office interiors, allowing users to explore workspaces and learn how to integrate sustainable design best practices into their space
- Ability to explore how building systems can be integrated to work in concert with one another and enhance a facility’s sustainable capabilities
- A comprehensive review of solid waste management, and how an integrative design process can help reduce, re-purpose, and recycle waste
The newest tool offered by the site is the interactive cafeteria layout. From food preparation to food service to customer seating, this layout teaches users how to conserve energy and reduce waste, while also educating building visitors about sustainability.
SFTool also includes an extensive list of green products, from construction materials to office paper. Each product has a description, as well as a link to GSA Advantage to purchase.
Visit the SFTool website to learn more. You can also follow the SFTool on Facebook or Twitter to learn the latest ways GSA is incorporating sustainable design into our projects and existing federal facilities.