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General Services Administration Pursues Deep Energy Retrofits

In August 2011, the General Services Administration (GSA) launched the National Deep Energy Retrofit Program to demonstrate deep energy savings delivered through energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs). Aggressive program objectives include:

  1. Move federal facilities towards net zero energy consumption
  2. Reduce water consumption at federal facilities
  3. Implement cost-effective retrofits with payback periods of 25 years or less
  4. Complete associated construction work without major tenant disruption
  5. Use innovative technologies
  6. Use renewable energy technologies
  7. Use comprehensive and integrated whole building approaches to determine ECMs

RMI partnered with the GSA, the Department of Energy (DOE) and The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) to bring together federal agencies and the pre-qualified energy service companies (ESCOs) to brainstorm the barriers and solutions to achieving innovative, broadly applicable deep retrofits and strive toward bringing federal buildings to net zero energy. Since 2011, RMI and the GSA have hosted four charettes, with the most recent event in Washington, DC in June 2015.

The documents below include summaries of the collaborative charrettes and groundbreaking achievements of the program as well as a practice guide for getting deeper savings from energy savings performance contracts (ESPCs).

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Deep Energy Retrofits Using ESPC: Success Stories

Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) have become a key mechanism for energy efficiency upgrades in recent years, with the federal market now exceeding $1 billion in gross annual revenue. ESPCs allow federal agencies to partner with an ESCO in order to complete energy savings projects without upfront capital costs or Congressional appropriations.

This report showcases eight case studies that highlight best practices in federal ESPC’s. Highlighted projects cumulatively exceed 600 billion BTUs in energy savings, with an average 58% energy use reduction.

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