Request for Information

GSA and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are requesting information about building technologies and energy services that can cost-effectively provide building load flexibility as part of a Grid-interactive Efficient Building (GEB) strategy.

Technologies submitted in response to this RFI will be considered for inclusion in GSA’s GPG program, the DOE High Impact Technology (HIT) Catalyst program, or both. Submissions should consider a structured team approach that includes a package of load flexibility measures and engineering services. At a minimum, responses to this RFI must encompass three of the following energy-saving and demand flexibility attributes :

  • Energy efficiency: reducing overall building energy;
  • Load shed: reducing peak demand for a short period of time;
  • Load shift: shifting the timing of energy use to minimize peak demand; and
  • Modulation of electrical load at the sub-seconds to seconds level: the capability to provide small-scale, distributed grid stability and balancing services by automatically increasing or decreasing power demand or reactive power.

Information submitted in response to this RFI must describe how the proposed measures, controls, and services:

  • Integrate multiple building systems, enabling them to interact with each other and with the existing building control system and proposed software solution, and, if possible, with the utility grid;
  • Aggregate data and dynamically manage and coordinate loads, generation and storage to reduce, shift, shed, or modulate energy use in response to peak demand;
  • Demonstrate payback and value at the whole building level; and
  • Provide ongoing access to data and training or support to the building operator.

Teaming and Partners

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 GEB solution. Submissions by a team should identify the team lead. GSA and DOE are compiling a Teaming Partner List to facilitate the widest possible participation for this RFI.

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

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WEBINAR: GPG and HIT Catalyst hosted a webinar on November 7th at 12 pm ET about the programs, what it means to participate, and how to apply.

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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 HIT Catalyst will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

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.

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, or regional technology demonstration initiatives).

Last Reviewed: 2020-09-24