GSA, DOE Issue RFI for Technologies that Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
October 13, 2021
WASHINGTON — The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), has issued a Request for Information (RFI) for technologies that help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from commercial buildings.
Proposed technologies and solutions should have significant potential for equitable and wide adoption in the U.S. marketplace. Responses will be evaluated for inclusion in GSA’s Green Proving Ground (GPG) program (for federally-owned facilities) or voluntary partnership programs facilitated by DOE (for privately-owned facilities), or both. Only technologies and solutions that are ready for evaluation in occupied, operational buildings will be considered. Testbed results help validate the technical and operational characteristics of the technology and its potential for future deployment.
This year’s RFI is focused on three broad categories of technologies that will enable commercial buildings to transition to net-zero carbon emissions:
- High-Performance/Low-Carbon Building Technologies and Solutions. Technologies of interest include electrification of major loads; large-scale heat pump systems, including those that can operate in cold climates; retrofit heat recovery systems; and innovative building envelope retrofit solutions.
- Onsite Energy Generation and Storage Systems.
Technologies of interest include high-efficiency photovoltaics (PV), building-integrated PV, solutions to better integrate PV and energy storage into building management systems, solar thermal and geothermal, on-site distributed wind, and hydrogen fuel cells.
- Greenhouse Gas or Carbon Reduction Technologies.
Technologies of interest include on-site carbon capture for fuel-fired processes and technologies that use next-generation refrigerants with low or no global warming potential.
Novel financing approaches and/or business models to accelerate the uptake of low-carbon technologies are encouraged and may be integrated into responses to this RFI to streamline and accelerate deployment.
The RFI will be open for submissions until Tuesday, December 7, 2021. Responses to this RFI may be submitted by a single vendor or by a team. Submissions by a single vendor must include all capabilities required to deliver the proposed solution. Parties interested in submitting an application can review the RFI on sam.gov, available directly at Solicitation #FY22RFI101221. Please direct inquiries regarding the RFI to email@example.com. Members of the media should email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About GSA’s Green Proving Ground (GPG) Program
GSA’s Green Proving Ground program works with third-party evaluators to test innovative early-commercial building technologies in federally-owned buildings. The program enables GSA to make investment decisions in next-generation building technologies based on actual performance. To date, following favorable evaluation results, 23 GPG-evaluated technologies have been deployed in more than 500 facilities in GSA’s real-estate portfolio. For more information about the GPG program, please visit www.gsa.gov/gpg.
GSA provides centralized procurement for the federal government, managing a nationwide real estate portfolio of more than 370 million rentable square feet and overseeing approximately $68 billion in annual contracts. GSA’s mission is to deliver the best value in real estate, acquisition, and technology services across government, in support of the Biden-Harris administration’s priorities. For more information, visit GSA.gov and follow us at @USGSA.