Public Buildings Service
Providing Quality Workspaces to Federal Customer Agencies
Southeast Sunbelt Public Buildings Service At A Glance
The Southeast Sunbelt Region’s Public Buildings Service (PBS) is comprised of almost 760 employees across eight southeastern states. The region currently manages 141 federally-owned facilities and leases space in close to 1,361 commercially-owned facilities, totaling approximately 44.4 million rentable square feet (19.7 million owned and 29.7 million leased). Our leased rentable square feet total is second among GSA regions only to the National Capital Region and in Fiscal Year 2012, which ended September 30, 2012. The Southeast Sunbelt supports 20 Federal Judicial Districts and four Federal Judicial Circuits, which is significantly more than any other region.
*based on data from the end of Fiscal Year 2012
Moreover, the Southeast Sunbelt regionally manages 67 historic buildings including four contributing buildings to National Historic Landmark Districts and oversees robust art programs, which include 444 works in the Fine Arts Collection and 78 in the Art in Architecture program. The region is also in the process of assessing various modern buildings for eligibility to the National Register of Historic Places, which could result in adding to our historic buildings total in the near future.
Energy and Environment
Our region welcomes, and is preparing to meet, the challenge of Executive Order 13514 "Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance." Our Energy & Sustainability Branch is aligning resources and building a program with its cornerstones being:
Education & Awareness to instill green behavior throughout our organization, and ensure environmental impact is factored into all business decisions;
Design Review to ensure all new construction and alteration projects adopt the sustainable principles and are energy efficient;
Commissioning of existing buildings to their optimum performance;
Project Development to identify energy conservation retrofit opportunities; and
Sustainable Operations to ensure that after building commissioning, optimum performance is maintained for the long-term through remote monitoring and ongoing technical support.
Southeast Sunbelt is also prioritizing the agency's goal of establishing itself as a Green Proving Ground for emerging technologies and attaining a zero-environmental footprint. We are promoting the greening of our building inventory through the use of renewable energy; implementation of pilot projects; incorporation of myriad innovative green designs, construction and management approaches; and by developing tracking methods to measure greenhouse gas-reduction effectiveness.
Some highlights of actions recently taken and for the future:
• We took on the goal of goal of reducing the use of potable water by 6%.
• Scope 3 green house gases were reduced by employees taking public transportation (Where available, 75% of employees use it).
• A High Performance Green Building Team was created to guide service centers in meeting the guiding principles.
• In future, reductions in green house gases from employee commuting will be accomplished primarily through teleworking. In addition, the use of video teleconferencing will be used when possible rather than travel.