FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 7, 2022
Small Business Sought to Conduct Energy Audits, Energy Star Certifications for State and COSTARS Members Facilities
Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of General Services recently issued an Invitation to Qualify, or ITQ, seeking small businesses interested in conducting Commercial Building Energy Audits and evaluating facilities for ENERGY STAR Building Certifications for commonwealth and COSTARS member facilities. The announcement was made by PA GreenGov Council Director Mark Hand.
The Invitation to Qualify (ITQ) gives interested contractors the opportunity to prequalify for statewide contracts for specific services categories that can be used by state agencies and COSTARS members to procure those services more efficiently.
The PA GreenGov Council, which is charged with developing and implementing innovative energy-saving and sustainability strategies to help state government lower greenhouse gas emissions 26-percent statewide by 2025, plans to make energy audits and certifications a credit-earning action on the GreenGov Agency Certification Checklist. The checklist is an evaluation tool for agencies to compare and evaluate their green progress on an annual basis. By making this an action that will help each agency's scorecard, it is estimated that a minimum of 30 opportunities will be generated annually for small businesses to provide these services to the commonwealth.
"Energy efficiency and sustainability are only as good as the current condition of your building or facility," said Hand. "Commercial Building Energy Audits and ENERGY STAR Building Certifications will play a significant role in helping the commonwealth achieve its energy consumption reduction goals and maintain its position as a leader in energy sustainability. We will need many qualified small businesses to meet the demands for these services statewide."
To prequalify for the Commercial Buildings Energy Audit ITQ, small businesses must be able to assess building systems and site conditions; analyzes and evaluates equipment and energy use; and recommend strategies to optimize building resource use. Among other specifics, experience must include completion of five commercial (nonresidential) building energy audits within the past three years or a cumulative completion of ten or more commercial building energy audits.
For the ENERGY STAR Certification ITQ, a small business must, among other specifications, possess experience as a professional engineer or architect to verify all energy use is accounted for accurately, building characteristics are properly reported, and indoor environmental quality has not been compromised in pursuit of energy conservation.
These ITQs and the contracts to be awarded through them have been specifically earmarked for Small Businesses through the Commonwealth Small Business Reserve Program. This program, which enables eligible, state-certified small businesses to compete as prime contractors on state contracting opportunities, was one of several actions taken by the Wolf Administration to solidify Pennsylvania's commitment to supporting the small business community. In 2020-2021, the SBRP accounted for $43 million of the commonwealth's record-setting $856 million spend with small, diverse and veteran businesses.
Small businesses interested in participating in the statewide Consulting Services Contract can submit an application to be pre-qualified on the ITQ list at any time. For complete information on specifications and requirements, visit the Current ITQ Contracts section online, select Consulting Services ITQ 4400007410, Click on "Statement of Work," then locate 84110000-ITQ-319 Commercial Building Energy Audits and 80110000-ITQ-320 ENERGY STAR Building Certifications in the document.
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