Facts & Figures

The Public Buildings Service (PBS) is one of the largest and most diversified public real estate organizations in the world. Its portfolio consists of 370.2 million rentable square feet (rsf) in 9,624 assets across the United States, in all 50 states, 6 U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia.  PBS manages its inventory via 11 regional offices and the Central Office, located in Washington, DC. The majority of its space is concentrated in large commercial markets such as Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, DC, and includes space such as office buildings, courthouses, land ports of entry, warehouses, laboratories, childcare facilities, and parking structures. Within the PBS portfolio, properties are either under the full custody and control of GSA (owned) or leased from the private sector. Since FY 2008, the leased inventory has experienced faster growth than the owned inventory, comprising over 50 percent of PBS’ total inventory in rsf. (2010 PBS State of the Portfolio)

  • GSA portfolio = 370.2 million rentable square feet (rsf)
  • GSA assets = 9,624
  • GSA historic properties = 480
  • GSA serves 400 civilian agencies


In 2010, PBS awarded over 70 photovoltaic (PV) projects, over 200 lighting projects, 250 water conservation projects, and installed 256 advanced metering systems.  Other accomplishments include the following:


  • 12.7% reduction associated with building operations (scopes 1 and 2) over 2008 baseline
  • 15% reduced ENERGY CONSUMPTION in the owned inventory between FY 2003 and FY 2010


  • 2% reduction in FY 2010 from the previous year
  • 9% TOTAL REDUCTION as measured in gallons consumed per square foot from the FY 2007 baseline
  • GSA is ahead of the mandated FY 2010 reduction goal of 6 percent and well on its way towards the final target of 15 percent by FY 2015


  • 10% via renewable generation sources
  • 48% measured using advanced meters


  • 26 active with generation capacity of 4.3 megawatts
  • 62 under construction with generation capacity of an additional 20 megawatts


  • 195 Energy Star buildings
  • 56 LEED certified buildings
  • Guiding Principles for Federal Leadership in High Performance and Sustainable Buildings compliance:

    - 5.8% of owned buildings over 5,000 gsf (represents 12% of the inventory over 5,000 gsf)

    - 5% of building leases over 5,000 gsf (represents 11% of the inventory of building leases over 5,000 gsf)


In September 2010, GSA released its sustainability performance plan specifying the steps the agency will take to lower green house gas emissions by 30 percent by 2020.

In FY 2009, PBS received $5.5 billion in funding to help Americans get back to work and to begin to transform the federal inventory into high performance green buildings. By the end of FY 2010, PBS successfully obligated $5.2 billion on Recovery Act contracts.


For more interesting facts about GSA, please visit the GSA Newsroom.  Additional statistics for other Federal agencies can be found at www.data.gov.

Last Reviewed 2017-05-24