Request for Proposals
BetterBuildings Data Analysis
This solicitation seeks to identify an entity to provide data analysis for projects completed by the NH BetterBuildings program.
The BetterBuildings program provides significant resources to residents, businesses and non-profit organizations for energy efficiency projects. Through low-interest loans, project rebates and technical assistance BetterBuildings helps to reduce energy costs and consumption, and promote economic recovery and job creation.
By May 30, 2013, BetterBuildings will have 69 commercial projects completed and approximately 800 residential projects completed. Information from these completed projects can provide valuable insight to future programs as well as to building owners considering projects and contractors planning new work.
The BetterBuildings program is funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) through the United States Department of Energy and administered by the New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning. BetterBuildings is operated in New Hampshire by the Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA).
CDFA seeks assistance with data analysis and evaluation to explore several topics related to project financing and payback. These topics can include but are not limited to; projected return on investment and energy savings versus actual return on investment and energy savings, the role of grant funds in making projects cost-effective and the economic impact of grant and loan funds for efficiency projects. CDFA is interested in analysis on both residential and commercial projects, but may determine to focus on a subset of projects if necessary to meet time and funding constraints. Analysis of project data and selection of projects for review will also require an understanding of the varying market forces for residential and commercial projects based on geography and demographics.
The BetterBuildings program has collected project data including building type, measures implemented, energy savings projections, costs and funding sources, and both pre and post project energy usage data. Completeness of data may vary depending on project. Data sets for projects using natural gas for thermal loads will be more complete than those using oil, propane and wood.
Duration: June 1 through September 1, 2013.
CDFA is looking for a qualified Data Analysis Provider to provide the following services:
- Develop project scope and work plan based on Project topics discussed in this RFP.
- Review and evaluate existing project data
- Assist with collection of additional data when necessary. Although the BetterBuildings program has already collected significant project data, some additional collection may be necessary if key pieces are missing for important projects.
- Provide statistical analysis and economic modeling in support of project topic investigation.
- Develop a final report with conclusions based on data analysis. The aim of the final report is to provide valuable information to future energy efficiency financing/funding programs and policies.
An evaluation team will review and score all RFP responses. CDFA may conduct interviews with finalists if the evaluation team desires additional information from respondents. CDFA may offer the highest-ranking respondent a contract for Data Analysis Services.
- Knowledge and Technical Competence (30 points)
- This includes technical competence to analyze data sets, forecast economic impacts, as well as to understand and account for market forces. Particular areas of expertise will be noted.
- Experience and Personnel Qualifications (20 points)
- The respondents will be evaluated on knowledge, experience, prior collaboration and successful completion of project/services similar to those requested in this RFP.
- Organizational and Communications Skills (20 points)
- Pricing. Selection will not necessarily be based on the lowest rates, however pricing will be a consideration. (10 points)
Responses are required to include the following:
- A description of the organization’s experience and qualifications, including the scope of work outlined under the Services/Responsibilities section and how the organization will provide those Services/Responsibilities.
- Resumes for identified personnel
- A fee schedule
- Audited Financial Statement
- Reference projects
Hand delivered or mailed responses are to be sent to the Community Development Finance Authority, 14 Dixon Ave., Suite 102, Concord NH 03301. Electronic submissions are sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Hard copies are not required if submission is sent electronically. If submitting hard copies please include 3 copies. All submissions must arrive at CDFA’s office by 5:00, April 30, 2013. Later submissions shall not be accepted. Questions regarding this RFP shall be directed to Kate Peters at the Community Development Finance Authority, 603 717-9108.
This request does not commit Community Development Finance Authority to award a contract nor to pay any costs incurred in the submission of a response or in making necessary studies for the preparation thereof, nor to procure or contract for services or supplies. The Community Development Finance Authority reserves the right to reject any or all proposals.
Funding for this activity is provided through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (“ARRA”) funding distributed through the U.S. Department of Energy. Therefore, all federal requirements of the ARRA, as amended, and all state requirements must be adhered to and will be part of a contract. CDFA is an equal opportunity employer. Women and minority-owned businesses are encouraged to apply.
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