Green Heat: Low Carbon Energy Generation for Heating Existing Buildings


The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces (DND/CAF) are seeking a large-scale, low carbon energy generation/transfer system for heating existing buildings by integrating with their current hydronic heat distribution systems. A test building has been selected in Kingston, Ontario for a Design-Build team to design and install an innovative system, in order to assess the effectiveness and the costs of these integrated technologies, with the aim of reducing the energy demand and carbon footprint of DND/CAFs infrastructure portfolio. The potential funding for the Design-Build contract component of the project has been established in the range of $5,000,000.

An Advance Procurement Notice with details on the project has been issued by Defence Construction Canada. This advance notice provides the anticipated security requirements and project outcomes to interested academics, researchers, manufacturers, consultants and contractors. It also provides an opportunity to organize a project team and to allow interested innovators the opportunity to apply for security clearances.

The full Request for Proposals will be issued in the Summer of 2021.

The DND/CAF is committed to reducing its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40 per cent from the 2005 levels by 2030 and has further committed to an 80 per cent reduction in levels by 2050, in support of the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy. Currently, 60 percent of the energy requirements in DND facilities is for space heating, of which 90 per cent is generated from the burning of fossil fuels. Given that DND has more than 10,000 buildings in its portfolio, the need to address the GHG emissions of these buildings is essential. The challenge is in finding ways to convert these buildings to low carbon heating without requiring a major building retrofit, which would be cost prohibitive.


To be eligible for this IDEaS Test Drive, the proposed energy generation/transfer technology must have already completed the technical work associated with Solution Readiness Level (SRL) 6: “Simulated Demonstration—near-end state solution is demonstrated and tested in a simulated environment.” This ensures that proposed solutions are ready for the SRL 7 or higher testing efforts that will occur during this project where the “near-end state solution is demonstrated and tested in an appropriate real-world environment.”.

Interested Innovators will need to install and operate an integrated, low-cost, low-carbon energy generation/transfer system (not reliant on fossil or carbon emitting fuels) that will heat an existing DND building at a sufficient temperature range to ensure occupant comfort on a continuous basis (meeting the Canada Building Code as well as Occupational Health and Safety codes standards for federal buildings).

How to apply

The Request for Proposals is expected to be advertised in the Summer of 2021. Innovators can review the Advance Procurement Notice and begin discussions with potential installation and maintenance partners before the call is released. Register for our email subscription service to be notified when the call for proposals is released.


Proponents will be required to hold a valid DESIGNATED ORGANIZATION SCREENING (DOS), issued or approved by the Canadian Industrial Security Directorate (CISD), Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC).

Sub-consultants/sub-contractors/academics/researchers/manufacturers that need access to the test site, will be required to hold a valid DESIGNATED ORGANIZATION SCREENING (DOS), issued or approved by the Canadian Industrial Security Directorate (CISD), Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC).

Consultants/Contractors that do not meet the stipulated security requirements and that are interested in submitting a proposal for this procurement can apply for the security clearance through the Industrial Security Program (ISP). This can be done by following the procedure on Defence Construction Canada’s website at the following link: Consultants/Contractors are asked to submit their request prior to February 17, 2021, quoting the following information:

  • Contract number KGN-500391628-C; and
  • Level of clearance requested to be sponsored for.

Photo Gallery of the test building at CFB Kingston

  • Genet Building – Exterior View
  • Alternate view of Genet Building Exterior
  • Genet Building Exterior – Alternate View
  • Genet Building Kingston, ON
  • Genet Bulding – Close Up Exterior
  • Genet Building – Interior View
  • Genet Building – Alternate Interior View
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