GSA and DOE Call for Innovative Technologies to Improve Federal and Commercial Buildings


Following a successful inaugural joint GSA/DOE RFI in FY2016, GSA’s Green Proving Ground (GPG) program is again hosting this year’s annual Request for Information in partnership with the DOE’s High Impact Technology (HIT) Catalyst program. The RFI seeks information from industry stakeholders, commercial organizations, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations on technologies that have the potential to improve economic and environmental performance in federal and commercial buildings, in the following five categories:

  • Smart Energy Analytics
  • Cold Climate Heat Pumps
  • Fans and Blowers
  • Chillers, Refrigerants, and Alternatives to Vapor Compressor HVAC
  • Water conservation and reuse

Interested parties are asked to provide more details on their innovative building technologies by completing the joint GPG/HIT Catalyst RFI. If your technology is selected for evaluation through GPG or HIT Catalyst demonstration projects, it will be matched with federally owned buildings or commercial buildings, respectively, for measurement and verification by objective third-party evaluators. Project results are intended to help accelerate deployment of high impact technologies, and to inform public and private sector investment decisions.

GPG works with third-party evaluators to test pre- and early-commercial sustainable building technologies in federally owned buildings. GPG provides deployment recommendations for effective technologies throughout GSA’s portfolio to help GSA meet its environmental sustainability goals and lead market transformation. Following favorable evaluation results, nine GPG-evaluated technologies have been deployed across over 200 facilities in GSA’s portfolio. For more information about the RFI and GSA’s GPG program, please visit

DOE’s HIT Catalyst program supports the adoption of cost-effective, underutilized commercial building energy efficiency technologies by facilitating the assessment of high impact technologies in commercial buildings. The goal of the HIT Catalyst program is to transform the market for these technologies through partnerships with the commercial buildings industry through the Better Buildings Alliance, federal leaders, regional non-profits, utility programs, and energy efficiency organizations. For more information about HIT Catalyst, please visit

Concurrently with the issuance of this RFI, the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy intends to release a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) in cooperation with the GPG program. The anticipated funding opportunity will seek innovative partnerships to significantly and rapidly increase the uptake of emerging and underutilized energy efficient and cost-effective building technology packages. Applicants interested in participating in this funding opportunity can find more information at, under “Scaling Up the Next Generation of Building Efficiency Packages.”

RFI Quick Facts

  • We will be hosting a webinar on Thursday, November 3 from 2:00–4:00 PM ET to answer your questions regarding the program and the RFI.
  • Complete the RFI webform:
  • The RFI will be open for submissions until Friday, November 18, 2016 at 11:59 PM ET.
  • Read the RFI press release
  • For more details about the RFI, visit the Green Proving Ground website at
  • For more information on the HIT Catalyst, please visit
  • Additional questions regarding the RFI should be directed to

TOMORROW’s GSA blog: Find out which six technologies were selected by GPG for evaluation from last year’s RFI!

Last Reviewed: 2023-05-08