Vendors Balk at Using New Technologies at Fed Facilities

May 24, 2012

The Defense Department officials say they are pressing vendors to use more cutting-edge technologies when renovating facilities to be more energy efficient. But many contractors are reluctant to do this because they fear less-proven technologies would put their revenues at risk.

Dorothy Robyn, deputy undersecretary of Defense for installations and environment, said technology such as solar-powered air conditioners; nanotechnology heating and cooling systems; and electrochromic windows — which darken automatically in response to light — are the kinds of technology she wants to see more of at DoD facilities.

But contractors are reluctant to take on the risk of using those technologies and instead opt for more conventional approaches like efficient lighting, heating and cooling systems, and windows. 

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