The Whole Building Performance approach uses energy models of the proposed building and an energy code compliant building (called the baseline building), comparing energy savings between the two options. Incentives* are based on percentage of annual energy savings of the proposed compared to the baseline model.
Whole Building Performance Design Incentives
Once an application is received, the Customer, Design Team, Energy Modeler (hired by the Customer), and the Utility agree to pursue the program’s Whole Building Performance approach by signing an Integrated Design Agreement (IDA) detailing the requirements to participate. Design incentives are offered in the agreement to have a brainstorming meeting, assist with the cost of the energy model, and a potential design bonus. The project may also be eligible for Path to Net Zero incentives.
Step 1 - Brainstorm
The Customer, Designers, Energy Modeler, and the Utility brainstorm to define Energy Efficiency Measures (EEMs) to be evaluated for cost effective energy savings with an energy model.
Step 2 - Energy Modeling
The Energy Modeler creates an energy model of a baseline building that meets energy code and program rules (see Whole Building Performance -Energy Modeling Guidelines) and a second energy model incorporating the proposed upgrades in all building systems and envelope.
Step 3 - Report Submission
The Energy Modeler submits a report of the inputs and results of the energy models showing the estimated value of implementing the upgrades in energy usage. The submission is made with the program’s Whole Building Performance Report template and associated files.
Step 4 - Incentive Offer
Based on the results of the model, the Utility offers an incentive to the Customer with an implementation Letter of Authorization (LOA) for installation of EEMs in accordance with the upgraded model submitted.
Step 5 - Construction
The customer has the Energy Efficiency Measure(s) installed as listed in the Letter of Authorization. If significant changes are made, an as-built model may be required.
Step 6 - Inspection and Measure Verification
The Utility verifies that the listed equipment was installed. The Customer submits any required Measure Verification statements that correct operation was verified.
Step 7 - Incentive Payments
Final incentive payments will be made to the customer, energy modeler, and designers per the LOA.
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* Note: Program funding availability is not guaranteed prior to issue of a Letter of Authorization. Program eligibility requirements and rules are subject to change without notice.