Deep Retrofit Challenge involves government buildings, green

In what a U.S.General Services Administration (GSA) news release called “a challenge to the private sector,” the biggest landlord in the U.S.—the GSA—is offering 30 buildings up in an attempt to achieve “deep energy savings.”

The 30 buildings total 117 million square-feet.

“The Deep Retrofit Challenge is asking energy service companies to make these buildings more energy efficient through the use of Energy Service Performance Contracts. 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.”

According to Martha Johnson, administrator of the GSA, these retrofits will not require “an upfront investment from the taxpayers.” Instead, they are paid for through energy savings over time, the GSA says.

The Deep Retrofit Challenge was announced in October 2011. The list of 30 buildings included in the challenge was published in a Notice of Opportunity for 16 energy service companies that can bid on the projects.

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