California RFP Seeks Help with Energy Efficiency in Existing Buildings

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The Calfornia Energy Commission is seeking a consultant team to provide technical support for its programs to increase energy efficiency in existing buildings

The commission has up to $1 million available for the contract.

The team will help the commission implement portions of Assembly Bill 758 (Skinner, 2008), Senate Bill 350 (de Leon, 2015), and Assembly Bill 802 (Williams, 2015), and any other complementary mandates or executive orders. Among other things, the legislation focuses on updates to the state’s Existing Buildings Energy Efficiency Action Plan; work on building energy-use benchmarking and public disclosure for nonresidential and multifamily buildings; and the state’s authority to collect data for long-term demand forecasting for statewide resource planning.

The commission will choose the winner based on a point system. The team should have knowledge and experience concerning:

  • Building energy use benchmarking and public disclosure programs
  • Residential and nonresidential real estate purchase and sale requirements Residential building energy science and related energy modeling;
  • Nonresidential building energy science and related energy modeling;
  • Business and industry needs related to building energy use and efficiency savings;
  • Building energy efficiency savings measurement and verification approaches using metered energy consumption data;
  • Best practices and limitations of using calculated energy savings
  • Behavior and comfort preferences that affect energy savings in electricity and gas retail end uses
  • Building Energy Efficiency Standards and energy-related installation practices relevant to existing buildings;
  • Utility and other ratepayer funded energy efficiency programs for residential and nonresidential buildings;
  • Data analysis approaches that leverage and build upon available solutions.
  • Best practices for data standardization, security and public accessibility in governmental and private agencies.
  • Energy consumption forecasts and demand analysis

Bids are due April 18 for a two-year contract expected to begin in June.

For more details contact, Rachel Grant Kiley, contracts office manager; California Energy Commission; 1516 Ninth Street, MS-18; Sacramento, California  95814; (916) 654-4379;

The RFP is available on the CEC website.

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