Goal-Based Contracting for Energy Efficient Buildings  

Education Type: 
1.5 Hours


0.2 CEU
Sponsored by: 

DOE Federal Energy Management Program - FEMP

This seminar addresses ways to implement performance-based contracts that achieve high-performance buildings with low energy profiles. Learn about upfront contract provisions that lead to measurable performance benchmarks in building construction and operations.


Paul Torcellini, Group Manager for Commercial Buildings Research, National Renewable Energy Laboratory   

Paul Torcellini is the Principal Group Manager for Commercial Buildings Research at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, with extensive experience using next-generation computer simulations to design very low-energy buildings. He is currently on assignment to the Building Technology Office at DOE. An adjunct faculty member at Colorado School of Mines and Denver University, he received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a master's degree and doctorate degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University.

Jason Koman, Technology Program Specialist, Department of Energy Building Technology Office  

Jason Koman is a Technology Program Specialist in DOE's Building Technology Office. Previously he served as director of the Purchasing Alliance at the Clinton Foundation, and principal of Koman Associates, an energy and environment consulting firm. He received a bachelor's degree in international politics and human rights from Trinity College, and a master's degree in public policy, energy, and environment from the University of California, Berkeley.

Learning Objectives

By completing this course you will have a demonstrated knowledge of:

  • Innovation by design teams and contractors to incorporate energy efficiency as part of the design/construction process;
  • Minimal additional cost to achieve significant energy savings (in the range of 50% reduction);
  • Identify, select, and procure the lowest impact materials, equipment, and systems;
  • Owners who are focused on project management, rather than solving design/construction problems;
  • Strong communications between owners, design teams, and contractors; and
  • Best practices, examples, and lessons learned from real experiences in implementing this process.