SFTool – What do I do here?
Welcome to the Sustainable Facilities Tool! You’re here because you care about efficient, healthy buildings and environmentally-responsible purchasing. Whether you’re a facility manager, purchasing agent, designer, tenant, or just curious, SFTool can help you take action to green your buildings, purchases, and operations.
Here are a few things you can do here:
- Learn – Got a topic on your mind? Read descriptions, tips, and case studies about everything from water efficiency to plug load reduction. Click through annotated legislation, like Executive Order 13653, and understand the impact of policy on sustainability.
- Plan – Starting a project? Get strategies for building green or turning an existing space into a healthier environment. Try approaches that look at material lifecycles, help your building use clean energy or establish a solid waste reduction plan. Make sure you’re preparing for the long term impacts of climate change.
- Explore – Roam around our virtual building to compare materials and design strategies. Understand the interactions between building systems and the people they serve. See how your role helps a team reduce costs and increase environmental sustainability.
- Procure – The products we consume have a tremendous impact on long-term costs and natural resources. Find out what sustainability criteria to seek across hundreds of product categories. Buy products with recycled content and services with environmental contract requirements.
- Practice – Ready to take action? Try your hand at Green the Building and see if you have what it takes to manage a building. Use MyProjects to link your project goals to SFTool content and track your progress with your team.
- Share – Have a story to tell? Send us your case studies and read about others’ sustainability projects. Interact with us on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. Building your own app? Get SFTool content sent directly via our API.
Why did we build the SFTool?
The General Services Administration is tasked with putting our nation’s public servants into efficient, healthy buildings and buying goods and services that provide maximum value to the taxpayer. With each green building, waste and utility costs drop, people breathe better air and we conserve resources for future generations. Helping the Federal Government learn, plan and explore how to build and buy green is our mission, but we built SFTool to inspire and prepare everyone to take action. Learn more about GSA’s Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings.