California Seeks Bids for Building Energy Efficiency Standards

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The California Energy Commission (CEC) is seeking bids for technical support to develop building energy efficiency standards, as part of a periodic update required under the Warren-Alquist State Energy Resources Conservation and Development Act.

These building standards address newly constructed buildings and additions, as well as alterations to existing residential and nonresidential buildings. The standards have strongly contributed to California’s per capita electricity consumption levels remaining relatively flat since the mid-1970s.

The 2016 and 2019 building energy efficiency standards will be designed and specifically targeted to pursue the two major goals for energy efficiency: achieving zero net energy in newly constructed residential and commercial buildings and decreasing energy consumption by 30 to 70 percent in existing residential and commercial buildings. In doing so, the CEC will develop both mandatory and voluntary levels of standards in both updates.

The commission hopes to adopt the 2016 standards by June 2015, with an expected effective date of January 1, 2017.

This commission will select a team of consultants to provide technical support for:

  • Development of the 2016 and 2019 standards
  • Developing and maintaining compliance tools for nonresidential building energy efficiency standards

Funding for this contract will be subject to the availability of funds in the FY2015-16, FY 2016-17 and FY 2017-18 Budget Acts. There is a maximum of up to $3 million available to fund the three-year-contract resulting from this RFQ.

This is an open solicitation for public and private entities. Each agreement includes terms and conditions that set forth the contractor’s rights and responsibilities. Contracts will be granted on a no-fee “retainer” basis. The  contractor will be held on retainer and assigned work via work authorizations.   Work authorizations will be assigned by expertise or project workload. The commission makes no guarantee that any or all of the funds will be assigned in any given year.

Proposals are due by March 19, 2015.

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  1. Just a comment to clarify that there are two separate solicitations.
    Nonresidential Building Science Technical Support:
    Residential Building Science Technical Support: