GSA and Defense Move Energy-Saving Innovations Off the Drawing Board

April 30, 2013

As two of the largest property owners and managers in the country, the Defense Department and the General Services Administrative have a compelling interest in reducing energy use in buildings. The Pentagon’s annual tab to power the roughly 300,000 buildings in its portfolio runs nearly $4 billion.

But what if some of the best new energy-saving technologies never get off the drawing board? By using federal facilities to test real-world performance, Defense and GSA are helping to bridge the "technology valley of death" that prevents many innovations from moving to commercialization. In return, they expect to cut costs as well as improve reliability at their facilities.

Defense’s Environmental Security Technology Certification Program’s installation energy test bed initiative has supported more than 70 projects since it began in 2009. GSA’s Green Proving Ground, which started a year later, has initiated testing of more than 20 energy-saving technologies.

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