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High Performance New Construction Custom Incentives

The custom application track is suitable for unique or innovative energy efficiency measures that are not included within the prescriptive or engineered tracks. The custom application track can be driven by the building owner, or by a design decision maker such as an architect, engineer or consultant. Custom projects often require more effort and input from the participant, but can result in focused energy savings.

Custom track incentive amounts are calculated based on the incremental energy performance of the participant’s new building when compared to a base case building that only complies with the Ontario Building Code (OBC) and Supplementary Standard SB-101. Approved building modeling software must be used to compare the energy usage of the participant’s new building to the base case building in order to estimate the energy savings and potential incentives.

There are 3 incentive tiers offered within the Custom Track:

Project Incentives:

Project incentives will be based on the lesser of:
    (a) 30% of the Eligible Costs; and
    (b) the applicable Tier and corresponding Demand or Energy Savings incentive (whichever is greater) in the Table below:
Tier     For Building Permit Applications prior to January 1, 2017 For Building Permit Applications on or after January 1, 2017 Custom Incentive
Tier 1 Above Base Case Energy Savings are ≤25% Above Base Case Energy Savings are ≤10% $400/kW of verified Demand Savings or $0.05/kWh verified Energy Savings
Tier 2 Above Base Case Energy Savings are >25% and ≤50% Above Base Case Energy Savings are >10% and ≤25% $600/kW of verified Demand Savings or $0.075/kWh verified Energy Savings
Tier 3 Above Base Case Energy Savings are >50% Above Base Case Energy Savings are >25% $800/kW of verified Demand Savings or $0.1/kWh verified Energy Savings

Modeling Incentives: 

Modeling costs are eligible for an incentive amount of up to $10,000. Modeling can be completed by the participant, design decision maker or can be outsourced to a third party.

Design Decision-Maker Incentives:

A design decision maker can be eligible for an incentive based on the applicable Tier and corresponding Demand or Energy Savings incentive (whichever is greater) in the Table below:

Tier     For Building Permit Applications prior to January 1, 2017 For Building Permit Applications on or after January 1, 2017 Design Decision-Maker Incentive
Tier 1 Above Base Case Energy Savings are ≤25% Above Base Case Energy Savings are ≤10% $50/kW of verified Demand Savings or $0.00625/kWh verified Energy Savings
Tier 2 Above Base Case Energy Savings are >25% and ≤50% Above Base Case Energy Savings are >10% and ≤25% $100/kW of verified Demand Savings or $0.0125/kWh verified Energy Savings
Tier 3 Above Base Case Energy Savings are >50% Above Base Case Energy Savings are >25% $150/kW of verified Demand Savings or $0.01875/kWh verified Energy Savings

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