Commercial new construction grants
Earn incentives when you build your new commercial buildings
Save up to 100 percent of your cost beyond current energy codes, while incorporating state-of-the-art, energy-efficient equipment and measures. PSE offers an array of new construction incentives. For a look at some of the measures offered view this flyer.
In addition to incentives, PSE can also assist with lowering ongoing operation cost projections for your affordable multifamily new construction project, which in turn could help you get more favorable financing.
To be connected with an Energy Management Engineer (EME) near you, call an Energy Advisor at 1-800-562-1482, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
What you get
The total value of your new construction grant depends on your estimation approach, which a PSE Energy Management Engineer (EME) can help you choose:
Grant Value Grant Maximum Whole-building custom approach Equipment and installation $0.30 per annual kWh savings and $5.00 per annual therm savings compared to code-baseline or standard practice system. No Maximum Lighting power density reduction All lighting except residential in-unit
Interior LLLC fixtures and their installation
$0.15 per annual kWh savings. Lighting must be 20% more efficient than the current WSEC.
$50 bonus in addition to the $.15 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) of projected fixture annual energy savings. Up to 100 percent of the cost to build beyond current energy code or standard practice Prescriptive incentives/rebates Commercial kitchen, laundry and HVAC Standard PSE incentives available for various systems of business sites in construction Contact your PSE representative for details Variable refrigerant flow $1.00 per square foot of conditioned space For multifamily
Clothes washer, ENERGY STAR® or better
$100 each For multifamily
Showerhead, in-unit: 1.5 GPM max
$25 each For multifamily
Showerhead, in-unit: 1.75 GPM max
$15 each Custom approach Energy-efficient equipment that saves energy above WSEC Up to $0.30 per annual kWh and $5.00 per annual therm saved compared to code-baseline or standard practice system, subject to PSE cost-effectiveness standards. Examples include condensing boilers, exterior lighting, heat recovery, demand control ventilation, etc. Up to 100 percent of the cost to build beyond current energy code or standard practice Post-occupancy building commissioning Post-occupancy commissioning fees only $0.35/sq. ft. for third-party, post-occupancy building commissioning per current energy code that are served by all of PSE services.
For PSE electric only customers, the incentive is $0.25/sq. ft.
For PSE gas only customers, the incentive is $0.15/sq. ft.
Up to 75 percent of commissioning agent's post-occupancy fees
In addition to grant savings, PSE can also assist with lowering ongoing operation cost projections for your project, which in turn could help you get more favorable financing rates from potential lenders.
To be connected with an EME near you, call an Energy Advisor at 1-800-562-1482, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
How to qualify
To be eligible for PSE's new construction grants:
- Projects must be within PSE's electric and/or natural gas service area.
- Projects must be for commercial or multifamily use. Single-family new construction projects are not eligible.
- Projects must be in the design or construction phase and must be pre-approved by PSE prior to all energy efficiency improvement efforts.
- Grants are only available on projects that exceed local energy code efficiency requirements or standard practice by at least 10 percent.
To be eligible for a whole-building approach, in addition to the above requirements, your facility must be more than 50,000 square feet and involve multiple measures.*
*Facilities less than 50,000 square feet may qualify with prior PSE approval.
How to apply
Before you start a project, call an Energy Advisor at 1-800-562-1482, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To get pre-approved, complete this new construction grant application.
Submit them to PSE in one of two ways:
- E-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Print and mail them to the address shown at the bottom of the application.
A PSE Energy Management Engineer (EME) will review your application and coordinate meetings between PSE and your architect, design team and contractor (if already chosen), as well as a third-party commissioning agent (if needed). Your project's design details are reviewed so PSE can determine your eligibility, make energy efficiency recommendations and estimate your grant value.
For post-occupancy commissioning, your program must be developed and tracked using the following forms:
- Post-occupancy commissioning plan
- Operations and maintenance (O&M) staff training time tracker
- Energy efficiency improvement measure summary
- Facility guide table of contents (for Cx agent use)
- Training plan table of contents (for Cx agent use)
Once a firm energy efficiency improvement plan is reached, you'll execute a grant agreement with PSE and build your project. When construction is completed, an EME will inspect the site to verify energy efficiency gains and finalize the value of your grant.
Then, prepare the following:
- Signed copies of your equipment and labor invoices, with grant-eligible items and quantities circled
- A signed and completed Tax Identification Form (W-9)
- Any other documentation your agreement requires
For post-occupancy commissioning, system and energy details may be submitted using the following forms:
- Air handler unit (AHU), remote terminal unit (RTU), air conditioning (A/C), fan coil unit (FCU) and/or high-performance HVAC
- Boiler plant
- Chiller plant
- Domestic hot water (DHW) plant
- Energy data
- Exhaust fan
- Heat exchanger
- Radiant heating/cooling
- Variable air volume (VAV) boxes
- Template for different/additional system(s)
Submit these documents using one of the estimation approaches above. You don't need to resend your application form.
If you have any questions, call an Energy Advisor at 1-800-562-1482, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Case study: Swedish Medical Center
As Swedish Health Services and Hammes Company planned a new, 550,000-square-foot medical campus in Issaquah, PSE's new construction grants helped finance what may be the most energy-efficient medical campus in the Northwest.
Read more to find out how much Swedish Health Services' investment saved them on their yearly energy costs.
† A utility data release form authorizes PSE to distribute energy usage and billing information to third parties such as contractors and commissioning agents. Contact a PSE Energy Advisor to verify if this is required for your grant.
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