GSA is expanding our Sustainable Facilities Tool (SFTool) with sftool.ecomedes.com, a new pilot platform that streamlines sustainable product procurement for vendors and buyers.
Sustainable Facilities Tool (SFTool)
SFTool helps Federal Agencies and the general public build, buy and operate green. It is a powerful interactive website hosted by the GSA Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings that shows users how to identify and prioritize cost-effective green building strategies and make environmentally preferable choices for renovations and alterations.
Green Procurement Compilation (GPC)
SFTool also includes the Green Procurement Compilation (GPC), a comprehensive green purchasing resource that consolidates and organizes information from federal environmental programs in one place. The GPC helps you identify applicable green purchasing requirements, including green products and services, saving you from visiting multiple web sites.
Why a Sustainable Product Procurement Pilot?
We want to make it easier for project teams to buy or specify environmentally preferable products. We believe teams will benefit if we link the environmental requirements currently found in SFTool to a detailed product database that simplifies searching.
SFTool.ecomedes.com supplies product-level data to automate product performance calculations and project analytics. Organizations can track the ‘watts and water’ results of their buying decisions and document progress towards their sustainable purchasing and building goals, including compliance with green building rating systems. This pilot includes a dozen product categories overall, with in-depth information about furniture, lighting, plumbing and appliances.
This new feature simplifies documentation, by collecting, normalizing and displaying the information you need from several different Federal Environmental Programs and Third Party Standards in one, free, easy-to-search location. Manufacturers can participate in the pilot and use the platform to showcase their sustainable products. Any buyer--public or private-- can search the database to find specific products, and verify compliance.
At GSA, we are always working to improve the way we deliver services to government. This tool helps us to do that and reduce our environmental footprint at the same time.
ecomedes is a software platform that leverages data to simplify and streamline procurement and project design, engineering and construction.
SFTool.ecomedes.com is a collaboration between GSA and ecomedes to pilot a powerful software solution to simplify sustainable procurement. We believe that by reducing the complexity associated with sustainable decision making and showcasing the triple bottom line ROI of sustainable options, we will increase the procurement and deployment of high performance solutions that are compliant with statutory requirements and executive orders.