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Commercial new construction performance incentives

Our Commercial New Construction Performance Program provides incentives for larger, more complex buildings looking to achieve a higher whole-building energy performance over minimum levels required by the BC Building Code (BCBC). As a result, you’ll reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, save money and increase occupant comfort. Better yet, you’ll know your incentive before construction even starts.

Based on the performance levels of the new BC Energy Step Code, the program offers a clear incentive structure, accurate energy-saving estimates and allows for innovative solutions to help you achieve whole-building energy performance. Projects not subject to the new step code are also eligible for incentives using a similar incentive pathway.

Are you eligible*

  1. The project must be located in a FortisBC natural gas and/or electricity service area.**
  2. The program is for the construction of new Part 3 commercial buildings only.
  3. Projects must be in the pre-construction phase when applying to the program.

*You can find a complete list of requirements under the terms and conditions.
**Includes the City of Grand Forks, City of Penticton, District of Summerland or Nelson Hydro.

Is the program right for you?

  1. Is your project either commercial, institutional, multi-unit residential or light industrial
  2. Are you planning on designing a building with a better energy performance than the BCBC
  3. Are you planning on implementing energy-efficient technologies
  4. Are you considering completing an energy model study to evaluate how your building will perform

If you answered yes to all the above questions, this program may be right for you. If not, you may want to consider our various product rebates instead.

How the incentive is calculated

The incentive is customized for each project, determined by the level of energy performance, interior square footage and the Total Energy Use Intensity (TEUI) supplied by natural gas and/or FortisBC electricity. The higher performing the building, the greater the indoor floor space and the more share of the building’s energy is supplied by FortisBC, the bigger the incentive.

Select the path appropriate for your building’s type and location.

Path 1: For the following building types located within Climate Zone 4 (Lower Mainland and southern Vancouver Island), incentives are based on the BC Energy Step Code.

 

​Building type ​BC Energy Step Code performance target ​Incentive factor ​Maximum incentive
​Multi-unit residential ​ ​ ​Step 2 $0.70/sq. ft. x indoor floor area (sq. ft.) x % TEUI supplied by FortisBC $500,000 per year​ ​ ​ ​ ​
​Step 3 $1.40/sq. ft. x sq. ft. x % TEUI supplied by FortisBC​
​Step 4 and higher $2.10/sq. ft. x sq. ft. x % TEUI supplied by FortisBC
​Office and retail ​Step 2 ​$1.80/sq. ft. x sq. ft. x % TEUI supplied by FortisBC
​Step 3 and higher ​$3.40/sq. ft. x sq. ft. x % TEUI supplied by FortisBC

Example:
A 120,000 sq. ft. office building is constructed in Vancouver and is subject to the BC Energy Step Code. Natural gas will be supplied by FortisBC and electricity by BC Hydro. Natural gas equipment will supply the space and water heating equaling 34 per cent of the TEUI, with the remaining 66 per cent supplied by electricity. The proposed building achieves Step 3 of the BC Energy Step Code.

 

Building type BC Energy Step Code Incentive calculation
Office and retail Step 3 ($3.40 sq. ft.) $3.40/sq. ft. x 120,000 sq. ft. x .34 TEUI = $138,720
Path 2: For all buildings located outside of Climate Zone 4 and commercial building types not subject to the BC Energy Step Code, the incentives are as follows:

 

Building type Performance target % better than BC Building Code Incentive factor Maximum incentive
Multi-unit residential outside Climate Zone 4 10-20% $0.70/sq. ft. x indoor floor area (sq. ft.) x % TEUI supplied by FortisBC $500,000 per year
21-40% $1.40/sq. ft. x sq. ft. x % TEUI supplied by FortisBC
>40% $2.10/sq. ft. x sq. ft. x % TEUI supplied by FortisBC
Office and retail outside Climate Zone 4 10-20% $1.80/sq. ft. x sq. ft. x % TEUI supplied by FortisBC
21-30% $2.20/sq. ft. x sq. ft. x % TEUI supplied by FortisBC
>30% $3.40/sq. ft. x sq. ft. x % TEUI supplied by FortisBC
Other building types not subject to BC Energy Step Code
(e.g. hospitals, schools, churches, institutional)
10-20% $1.80/sq. ft. x sq. ft. x % TEUI supplied by FortisBC
21-30% $2.20/sq. ft. x sq. ft. x % TEUI supplied by FortisBC
>30% $3.40/sq. ft. x sq. ft. x % TEUI supplied by FortisBC

Example:
A 100,000 sq. ft. care centre being built in Kelowna is not subject to the BC Energy Step Code. FortisBC will supply both the natural gas and electricity equaling 100 per cent TEUI. The centre will be built 22 per cent better than BCBC.

 

Building type Performance target Incentive calculation
Other (institutional) 22% better than code ($2.20 sq. ft.) $2.20/sq. ft. x 100,000sq. ft. x 1.0 TEUI = $220,000

 

The incentive is payable in two installments:

Energy model completion incentive - paid at the completion and approval of an energy model study to help you with the cost of a detailed engineering analysis of your facility. The incentive is equal to 10 per cent of the total incentive as verified by the model, to a maximum of $25,000. 

Post-completion incentive - paid after construction and commissioning is complete, subject to a successful site inspection. The incentive is equal to the final total incentive less the already paid energy model incentive.

How to get started

  1. Review the Commercial New Construction Performance Program Participant guide.
  2. Early in the design phase, contact your FortisBC key account manager, energy solutions manager or technical advisor to discuss your project. We’ll then schedule a project kick-off meeting between you, your design team and us to see if the project is a good candidate for program participation.

Questions?

Call us at 1-866-884-8833 or email commercialrebates@fortisbc.com