GSA to Take Part in Building Retrofit Challenge


The General Services Administration announced that 30 of its federal buildings are taking part in the Deep Retrofit Challenge to achieve deep energy savings.

The Deep Retrofit Challenge is asking energy service companies to make these buildings more energy efficient through the use of Energy Service Performance Contracts as retrofit projects at these buildings will contribute to the goals of the Presidential Memorandum on the implementation of energy savings projects and performance-based contracting.


“This is a challenge to the private sector to bring innovative, energy saving retrofits to federal buildings and to take performance-based contracts to the next level,” said GSA Administrator Martha Johnson. “These retrofit projects create jobs, and performance-based contracts provide government with decades of lower utility bills and long term cost savings without an up front investment from the taxpayers.”

Through the Deep Retrofit Challenge, GSA is asking energy service companies to provide the energy performance savings possible for each of the buildings, which will contribute to the President’s goals of improving energy performance in federal buildings.

GSA will learn with the energy service companies how best to achieve maximum energy savings through technology adoption, process improvements and risk management, and to share that knowledge with both the rest of the federal government and the private sector.

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