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Energy Conscious Blueprint

Financial Incentives to Help Design and Build for Energy Efficiency
 

Maximize your new facility’s energy performance by planning for efficiency from the beginning. With help from Eversource and the United Illuminating (UI), Southern Connecticut Gas (SCG), and Connecticut Natural Gas (CNG), subsidiaries of AVANGRID, Inc. (The Companies), businesses can receive support incorporating energy savings into their new construction and building renovation projects.

New Construction • Major Renovation • New/Replacement Equipment

With the new financial incentives and technical assistance available, customers and design teams have access to valuable resources for making smart energy decisions that deliver cost savings and better building performance for the future.

Financial incentives are designed to offset the cost of purchasing and installing energy-efficient electric and natural gas equipment. Combining both opportunities, when appropriate, allows you to maximize energy cost savings. Energy efficiency is a proven way to reduce the cost of doing business. 

Call 877-WISE-USE (877-947-3873) for more information.

Program Paths to Optimize Savings

Engage with us early on in your project to optimize energy efficiency. With project paths suited to a range of facilities and different levels of energy efficiency measures, there is a pathway for every project. 

Path 1: Zero Net Energy (ZNE)/Deep Energy Savings

Comprehensive technical expertise and financial incentives for ZNE, ZNE Ready, very low energy use intensity (EUI) and Passive House projects. 

Path 2: Whole Buildings EUI Reduction

Comprehensive technical expertise and financial incentives for meeting EUI reduction goals. 

Path 3: Whole Buildings Streamlined

Comprehensive technical expertise and financial incentives for non-energy intensive building projects. 

Path 4: Systems

Prescriptive rebates are available for incorporating smaller energy efficient measures into projects. The Prescriptive / Custom incentives are qualified individually for each energy efficiency system/piece of equipment proposed.

Contact your utility directly or call 877-WISE-USE (877-947-3873) to get started.

Sustainable Office Design Lighting Program

Eversource and UI are introducing a new initiative, Sustainable Office Design (SOD), to deliver integrated technical solutions for the leased commercial office market. The SOD program promotes and offers incentives for well‐thought-out, innovative, and controls‐rich lighting designs for tenant improvement (TI) projects. Please see the SOD one pager for a program overview.

Benefits of Program Elements to Building Owners/Tenants:

  1. Simple and predictable $1/square foot (sf) incentive for budgeting and planning purposes
  2. Opportunity to overcome building owner/tenant split-incentive with utility incentive that can be assigned to the stakeholder that pays for the TI fit-out
  3. Quick 1-month turnaround application review timeline that aligns with TI projects
  4. Energy savings from pre-approved lighting and controls performance targets

Technical Design Criteria for SOD Incentive:Resulting Benefits from SOD:
  • Minimum Space Requirement: 7,500 sf
  • Open Office Component: ≥40 percent
  • Partition Heights: ≤48 inches
  • Lighting Power Density: ≤.60 watts/sf
  • Control Density: ≤250 sf/control point
  • Higher Energy and Operational Savings
  • Contributes to LEED and ENERGY STAR Certification
  • Shows Leadership in Sustainability Goals
  • Higher Tenant Productivity & Satisfaction
  • Higher Building Occupancy & Rental Rates

Benefits of Program Elements to Designers:

  1. Helps prevent value-engineering of efficient lighting and control systems
  2. Flexible approach enables creativity in design and does not limit technology options - a target level of performance must be met, but the means of doing so is not prescribed
  3. Quick turnaround of application review
  4. Offers competitive advantage to design firms who bring SOD incentive dollars to prospective clients
  5. Provides a Lighting Designer Incentive equal to 20 percent of the total incentive amount (up to $15,000)*

 Steps to Apply

Step 1 - 

Make sure your project is eligible. Review and complete the Sustainable Office Design Program application.

Step 2 - 

Submit your completed application to your utility.

Eversource     UI

* Note: Only lighting designers who have obtained LC, CLEP CLD certification, or are current members of IALD are eligible. The lighting designer must design, engineer, or install, and not profit solely from the sale of the lighting.

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