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Request for Information

Now accepting applications through Friday, December 11, 2015, at 11:59PM ET.


Access the RFI:, keyword “GPG” or “HIT Catalyst”


The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are requesting information about building technologies that:

  1. Have the potential to improve the environmental performance and/or lower the operating costs of commercial buildings.
  2. Can demonstrate promising early-stage performance results.
  3. Have the potential to provide, through measurement and verification, evidence that supports decision-making on deployment.


Technologies submitted in response to this RFI will be considered for inclusion in GSA’s Green Proving Ground (GPG) program, the DOE High Impact Technology (HIT) Catalyst program, or both. Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Innovation
  • Performance
  • Deployment potential
  • Cost savings
  • Project value
  • Technical risk


This year, the RFI is looking for technologies in the following five categories only:

Energy management and energy management information systems - Building energy management technologies, cross-system building information and control systems, and/or components thereof.

Window attachments - Shadings, awnings and window films.

Fans and blowers - Technologies that improve fan energy performance for new and/or retrofit applications.

Renewable energy - Technologies that produce onsite electricity using solar, wind, geothermal, or other onsite energy generation.

Water conservation and reuse - Technologies and processes that reduce water usage or reuse water resources. Technologies will be considered, by one or both programs, for third-party measurement and verification in occupied, operational buildings.


More Information

WEBINARS: GPG and HIT Catalyst will host two webinars to provide more information about the programs, what it means to participate, and how to apply. Identical information will be presented in both webinars, and Q&A will be posted to this page following each session. Webinars will be held on:


FAQ: Read Frequently Asked Questions

We recommend developing your responses in a Microsoft Word (or any word processor) document before transferring the information to the appropriate RFI field in the webform. This will help you retain information if you encounter submission glitches. The webform does NOT allow intermediate saving.

For your convenience, please download the webform questions in Microsoft Word. Please note that the completion of the Word doc does NOT constitute a submission to the joint GSA/DOE RFI, and will not be accepted as an email attachment or in any other form. Only complete responses submitted through the RFI webform will receive consideration.

EMAIL: For additional information:


GSA IT SECURITY: The following resources are provided for applicants with technologies that contain IT components. Please indicate your technology's level of compliance in your application, and describe how any non-compliance may be overcome. Note: These guidelines are applicable only to the GPG program. IT security requirements for HIT Catalyst will be determined on a case-by-case basis.


The Green Proving Ground program leverages GSA’s federal real estate portfolio to test innovative building technologies. Working with third-party researchers, GPG helps GSA meet its sustainability goals by providing actionable data that informs investment decisions targeted at energy- and water-use reduction.

Technologies selected for participation in the GPG program will be piloted in one or more federal buildings for measurement and verification by third-party evaluators. Tested technologies must be gifted to the federal government as outlined in 40 U.S.C. 3175.

DOE HIT Catalyst

The DOE’s HIT Catalyst program facilitates the assessment of high impact technologies in commercial buildings. The program aims to transform the market for these technologies through partnerships with the commercial buildings industry, federal leaders, regional non-profits, utilities and efficiency organizations.

HIT Catalyst will facilitate matchmaking of selected technologies with commercial building partners (which may include privately owned buildings, federally owned buildings outside of GSA’s jurisdiction, and institutional buildings).


Green Proving Ground 2016 RFI


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