Energy Efficiency for New Construction
Incorporating energy efficiency measures into the design and construction of new buildings lowers operational costs and creates opportunities to market buildings based on environmental sustainability. Our team of experts provides complimentary assistance to help you optimize building systems for both efficiency and high performance. And, we’ll help you pay for high-efficiency systems and equipment with a variety of financial incentives.
New green buildings can expect a 28% decrease in operating costs over 5 years, and a payback time of 7 years.
World Green Building Trends Report, 2016
- Design planning and review: City Light provides engineering services to help research and evaluate various building systems. This generates cost and savings information , which determines eligibility for Seattle City Light incentive funding.
- Energy Analysis Assistance: Funding to support energy analysis of advanced high efficiency design measures not covered by Seattle City Light standard incentives.
- Lighting Design Lab: Training and technical support for designers of lighting systems, including lighting mock-up facilities.
Financial incentives for multifamily:
- Common area and in-unit lighting
- Windows and insulation
- Whole house fans
- Heat recovery ventilators
- Heat pump water heaters
- Heat pump dryers
- Heat pumps for in-unit space heat
- Built Green certification (four- and five-star) for townhouse developments with five or more units
- Custom energy efficiency measures
Financial incentives for commercial:
- Lighting and controls
- HVAC equipment
- IT equipment
- Commercial kitchen and grocery equipment
- Compressors, transformers, variable frequency drives
- Custom: We can help you pursue cutting edge strategies like advanced approaches to HVAC controls, heat recovery systems, or variable flow pumping
- Energy analysis assistance: Funding for detailed engineering analysis to identify alternative design options for maximum savings opportunities
- LEEDTM certification: Financial assistance for projects with a goal of achieving a LEEDTM certified rating, including professional services for energy, daylighting and life cycle analysis
- Project must be in Seattle City Light’s electric service area.
- Multifamily project must be 5 or more units.
- Project must be preapproved and all supporting submittals received no later than 2 months prior to certificate of occupancy.
- All applications are subject to eligibility review.
How it works:
- Contact Seattle City Light early in the design process.
- Submit project proposal with schedules, measure types/locations, spec sheets and SDCI Energy Code Compliance Form.
- An analyst will review the application and bids to identify qualifying equipment, provide you an incentive estimate and a Participation Agreement with a notice to proceed.
- Proceed with construction.
- Submit invoices for project costs to your analyst.
- Upon project completion, an analyst may conduct a site visit to verify installation of measures.
- City Light pays you or your contractor, whichever you prefer.