Commercial New Construction
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Whether you’re constructing a new commercial building, planning an expansion or undertaking a major renovation, our team of experts can help you incorporate energy-efficient design features to optimize the building’s performance and minimize energy use. The Commercial New Construction Program provides support for whole-building energy modeling as a design tool and offers incentives to help offset the capital cost of efficient construction. Suitable for commercial, institutional, and multi-unit residential building new construction projects.

Benefits of Commercial New Construction

Optimize energy performance and occupant comfort

  • Benefit from advanced design practices and leading technologies
  • Enjoy reduced operating costs compared to a code-minimum building
  • Reduce the building’s equivalent CO2 emissions
  • Incentives to assist in constructing a more efficient building
Features of Commercial New Construction

Gain an understanding of the different energy efficient technologies suitable for your project

  • Establish performance goals for your building
  • Use Energy Modeling to evaluate design alternatives
  • Eligible projects receive a modeling incentive of up to $10,000, applied to consultant fees
  • Upon completion of construction, projects receive an implementation incentive proportional to total electricity savings
Common Measures for Commercial New Construction or Major Renovation

Envelope insulation higher than code requirement

  • Ventilation air heat recovery systems
  • High-performance heat pump technology
  • Energy-star appliances (residential buildings)
  • Solar PV (some restrictions apply)

Getting Started

Contact us by completing the form or call 1-877-999-6035 to talk to an Energy Solutions Advisor.

Eligibility Requirements

Project must be in design phase (pre-construction)

  • Total conditioned area must be at least 15,000 Ft²;
  • Project must be located in Nova Scotia and save electrical energy;
  • Project must be defined as one of the following:
    • A new structure;
    • An addition to an existing structure;
    • A major renovation of a building 15,000 Ft² (1,394 m2) or greater;
  • Project must implement at least two energy efficient measures
  • Project must achieve a reduction in total building energy consumption of at least 15% or 100,000 kWh, whichever is higher

Incentive rates for New Construction or Major Renovation Projects:

  • $0.10 per kWh for projects with total energy savings less than 40% compared to code baseline
  • $0.12 per kWh for projects with total energy savings greater than 40% compared to code baseline
  • Incentives are applicable to total electricity savings as determined through energy modeling.