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High Performance New Construction - Energy Efficiency Program

By Ontario Power Authority

 

Ensure Energy Efficiency is Built into your New Construction and Major Renovation Project from Day One.

The HIGH PERFORMANCE NEW CONSTRUCTION program provides design assistance and incentives for building owners and architects who exceed the electricity efficiency standards specified in the Ontario Building Code.

Today, developers, architects, engineers, property owners and others in the building industry recognize the significance and positive impact of high performance construction. It clearly pays to put energy efficiency high on your priority list when renovating or building new facilities.

By designing and building new buildings with more energy-efficient equipment your building will cost less to operate, have lower environmental impacts and be a comfortable place in which to live, work or play.

Contact your local electric utility to find out more! 

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

The HIGH PERFORMANCE NEW CONSTRUCTION program supports up to 100% of the cost of modelling a building (up to $10,000) for the building owner.

Approved projects are eligible for incentives in one of three program approaches:

  • PRESCRIPTIVE component, which encourages incorporation of pre-approved technologies.

  • ENGINEERED component that consists of a series of preset calculation worksheets that help you estimate reductions in peak demand and/or electricity consumption that apply to the installation of more energy-efficient equipment or solutions.

  • CUSTOM component with incentives based on modelled energy performance. 

PRESCRIPTIVE

Incentives are based on standard efficiency measures calculated using worksheets for Lighting, Motors, Unitary AC, Variable Frequency Drives, Synchronous Belts, AEM Service Hot Water, Agribusiness, and Alternative measures for Space Cooling and Multi-Residential In-Suite Appliances.

Incentives for PRESCRIPTIVE Projects: Building owners will receive up to $400 for every kilowatt saved for lighting measures or up to $800 for every kilowatt saved for non-lighting measures or up to $75 per appliance. Worksheets can be found under the HIGH PERFORMANCE NEW CONSTRUCTION relevant documents section.

ENGINEERED

The ENGINEERED track consists of a series of preset calculation worksheets that help you estimate reductions in peak demand and/or electricity consumption that apply to the installation of more energy-efficient equipment or solutions

Financial Incentives for ENGINEERED Projects: Building owners will receive up to $400 for every kilowatt saved or $0.05/kWh of energy savings for lighting measures or up to $800 for every kilowatt saved or $0.10/kWh of energy saved for non-lighting measures. 

Based on the reductions in peak demand and/or electricity consumption, the worksheets will calculate the incentive amount. The following ENGINEERED worksheets are available through the Relevant Documents section or from your local electric utility.

1) Commercial Interior Lighting Engineered Worksheet

2) Commercial Exterior Lighting Engineered Worksheet

3) Commercial High Bay Lighting Engineered Worksheet

4) Commercial Directional Lighting Engineered Worksheet

5) Unitary AC Engineered Worksheet (ie. rooftop units and split systems)

CUSTOM

Incentives are based on assumed energy and demand savings from modelling software results, used to determine the best energy-efficiency measures to incorporate in a new building or major renovation.

Financial Incentives for CUSTOM Projects: 

Building owners

-Up to 25% above Code: $400 for every verified kilowatt saved, or $0.05/kWh of Energy Saved

-Between 25% to 50% above Code: $600 for every verified kilowatt saved, or $0.075/kWh of Energy Saved

-Greater than 50% above Code: $800 for every verified kilowatt saved, or $0.10/kWh of Energy Saved

(Note: a CUSTOM project must be eligible for a minimum of $5,000 in incentives)

Design decision-maker (Architects, Engineers, Consultants, etc.)

-Less than 25% above Code: $50 for every verified kilowatt saved, or $0.00625/kWh of Energy Savings

-Greater than 25% above Code: $100 for every verified kilowatt saved, or $0.0125/kWh of Energy Savings

-Greater than 50% above Code: $150 for every verified kilowatt saved, or $0.01875/kWh of Energy Savings

If you applied for the building permit before January 1st, 2012 a different level of incentives may apply. Please refer to the worksheets under the relevant documents section for buildings that applied for their permit before January 1st, 2012.

 For the origial website, please click here.