Every year new buildings are constructed that use more energy than expected. We want to break that trend and recently piloted an innovative performance-based procurement process in Minnesota that goes against the norm. It shifts the focus of owners and design teams from modeled energy goals to operational energy performance. It allows building owners to specify energy performance targets in project request for proposals. Design and construction teams are selected based on their ability to meet those targets, then held contractually accountable throughout building design and into occupancy.

Does performance-based procurement really work? Those involved in the pilot present results from both a programmatic and customer perspective. Watch our webinar recording and download the final report.

This project was conducted by Seventhwave in partnership with CSBR.

re-envision the procurement process


Taking a performance-based approach to building procurementDownload the final report

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Learn about Accelerate Performance—a program that empowers owners and developers to achieve desired energy performance goals through performance-based procurement.

Funded by

Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources

This research was made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Department of Commerce, Division of Energy Resources through the Conservation Applied Research and Development (CARD) program, which is funded by Minnesota ratepayers.