DND’s new Energy Performance Contract program launches in just four months

On February 2, 2016, DCC employees and representatives of 14 Wing Greenwood Construction Engineering met to learn more about Energy Performance Contracts (EPCs) and explore the steps to successfully implement this type of contract.
On February 2, 2016, DCC employees and representatives of 14 Wing Greenwood Construction Engineering met to learn more about Energy Performance Contracts (EPCs) and explore the steps to successfully implement this type of contract.

Collaboration and innovation made the difference when an agreement with the Infrastructure and Environment Group of DND in November 2015 created a new Energy Performance Contract (EPC) program with a very tight timeline. Working quickly with DND personnel, DCC successfully posted the first four contracts—for Trenton, Cold Lake, Greenwood and Esquimalt—by the requested March 2016 deadline.

The Canada-wide program is anticipated to cover an additional eight sites this year, including Petawawa and Bagotville, which are both preparing documents to be posted, and DRDC Valcartier, which has been already awarded.

“The key to delivery was the flexibility we have to allocate resources, assess the projects and prepare documents, such as facility information packages and RFPs, very quickly,” says Bruno Champeval, Regional Operations Manager for Quebec. “The collaboration from everyone at all levels—between DND and DCC—was impressive.”

EPCs provide energy retrofits for facilities or sites via energy services companies that finance the capital investment needed over a period of time. DND pays for the improvements using the resulting energy cost savings over the same period, which also supports its target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10% by 2020.

To ensure the program’s success, DCC’s contracting innovations included increasing the payback period up to 15 years, to ensure firms could consider the latest technology advances. The team also added an honorarium clause to the RFP that significantly increased industry interest.

“Everyone took a lot of pride in meeting the objectives,” says Champeval. “Our biggest advantage is our people – they are very dedicated, and if we’re given a challenge, we’ll meet it.”


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