Request for Information

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. Example 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
    • 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
    • EV fleet charging solutions including bi-directional and smart charging
  • Greenhouse Gas or Carbon Reduction Technologies. Technologies of interest include:
    • On-site carbon capture for fuel-fired processes
    • Technologies that use next-generation refrigerants with low or no global warming potential

Information submitted in response to this RFI must propose measurable success criteria, at the technology and whole building level that, where applicable:

  • Reduce GHG emissions
  • Reduce primary energy (including electricity and fuel)
  • Enable on-site energy generation
  • Achieve reasonable simple payback periods
  • Demonstrate novel financing approaches

Technologies will be considered, by one or both programs, for third-party measurement and verification in occupied, operational buildings.

RFI Open from October 12 - December 7, 2021

More information

Webinar: GSA and DOE hosted a webinar on November 10th to review what it means to participate, and how to apply.

FAQ: Read Frequently Asked Questions [PDF - 170 KB]

Email: For additional information:

GSA IT Security: Network-based devices and application software hosted internally to GSA's network, as well as cloud-based software solutions must adhere to Federal and GSA-specific IT security standards. Note: These guidelines are applicable only to the GPG program. IT security requirements for DOE will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

About the Green Proving Ground program:

The GPG program enables GSA to make sound investment decisions in next-generation building technologies based on their real-world performance. 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.

About DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

The mission of DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is to accelerate the research, development, demonstration, and deployment of technologies and solutions to equitably transition America to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions economy-wide by no later than 2050, and ensure the clean energy economy benefits all Americans, creating good paying jobs for the American people—especially workers and communities impacted by the energy transition and those historically underserved by the energy system and overburdened by pollution.

Last Reviewed: 2021-12-09