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GSA seeks contractors to improve energy efficiency of 30 buildings

Mar. 23, 2012 - 06:00AM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments

The General Services Administration is seeking energy savings performance contracts to retrofit 30 federal buildings to be more energy efficient, according to an agency announcement Thursday.

The buildings including office complexes, courthouses and customs houses across the nation total about 117 million square feet of space. They are listed at https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=4b0bad41db8c614459b21b0c015e3628&tab=core&_cview=1">ESPC Final Challenge.

Under an ESPC, a vendor pays the upfront investment for building renovations and retrofits in exchange for payments from the government's energy savings over time. President Obama in a December memo directed agencies to award a combined $2 billion in ESPCs over the next two years.

The GSA contracts must generate enough energy savings to pay for themselves within 25 years, GSA said.

"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," GSA administrator Martha Johnson said in a news release.

GSA said in October it would offer ESPCs for 30 federal buildings, but it only identified the buildings and offered a notice of opportunity for potential contractors Thursday.

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