Understanding Emerging Building Technologies in Federal Performance Contracting Markets

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


Every year, federal technology evaluation programs test and assess the performance of building technologies that are being considered for wider deployment in federal facilities. Despite these investments in technology validation, many of the technologies evaluated by federal programs struggle to achieve broad penetration into the federal performance contracting market. This report contains the results of a market-research survey conducted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to understand barriers to the wider adoption of validated building technologies in the federal performance contracting market and how this information can be used to increase their deployment. The initial phase of this research focuses on the energy service company community and the barriers they perceive to wider adoption of these evaluated technologies. The report ends with an examination of recommendations for how the U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program can assist agencies in deploying emerging building technologies through energy savings performance contracts.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages34
StatePublished - 2023

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-7A40-85549


  • adverse selection
  • building technologies
  • energy efficiency
  • energy finance
  • federal performance contracting
  • innovation
  • research survey
  • survey methodologies


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