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GSA, DOE Seek Green Technologies

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

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The federal government has issued a call for “innovative, transformative green building technologies” that could improve the economic and environmental performance in federal and commercial buildings.

The Request for Information, issued by the U.S. General Services Administration and the Department of Energy, seeks ideas from industry stakeholders, commercial organizations, educational institutions and non-profit organizations.

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The U.S. General Services Administration and the Department of Energy jointly issued the RFI for green building advances on Monday (Oct. 5).

The deadline is 5 p.m. (ET) Dec. 11.

Working Together

The RFI demonstrates one way GSA and DOE are collaborating to conserve energy and reduce carbon pollution following a Memorandum of Understanding executed in February 2015, according to an announcement Monday (Oct. 5).

“GSA is proud to partner with DOE on this initiative,” says Steve Sakach, the assistant commissioner for the Public Buildings Services’ Facilities Management and Services Programs.

“Working together will lead to smart decisions that lead to better value for the American taxpayer, more productive work environments for our federal partners, and a more sustainable future for our country.”

The RFI will be used to identify technologies for evaluation through the GSA’s Green Proving Ground (GPG) program, the DOE’s High Impact Technology (HIT) Catalyst program, or both.

Selection and Pilot Program

The agencies invite technologies in the following five categories: energy management; window attachments (including films); fans and blowers; renewable energy; and water conservation.

Selected technologies will be matched with federally owned buildings or commercial buildings, respectively, to pilot measurement and verification by third-party evaluators.

Project results are intended to help spur deployment of high-impact technologies, and to inform public and private sector investment decisions, according to the GSA and DOE.

Information Sessions

Representatives from the GPG and HIT Catalyst Programs will host two webinars to discuss the programs and provide more details on the RFI. The sessions are scheduled for 1 p.m. (ET) Oct. 15 and Dec. 1.

Registration is available here: http://goo.gl/forms/2appCNzURS.

   

Tagged categories: Building operations; Commercial Buildings; Energy efficiency; General Services Administration; Good Technical Practice; Government; Green building; North America; Performance testing; Solar energy; U.S. Department of Energy

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