Incentives Available for High-Performance Design

Did you know that Efficiency Maine offers incentives for high-performance new construction or major renovation projects? Efficiency Maine’s Maine Advanced Buildings program offers incentives for new construction projects if they are designed to be at least 30% more efficient than what is required by code. Several buildings in Maine currently under construction are receiving incentives per square foot ($1.50/sf for the building owner and $0.25/sf to the lead architectural firm) up to $175,000. 

Buildings of all types have been built or renovated (change of use) through the Maine Advanced Buildings program. Several municipal buildings have been built according to high-performance guidelines. For example, Port City Architecture designed a high-performance fire station with the City of Saco that has realized significant energy savings over the fire station it replaced. According to Chief Duross, the new facility has allowed for the addition of important modern amenities, workspace comfort, and energy savings under one roof. Another municipal new construction project by Port City Architecture, a police station in Gorham, has recently been completed. Efficiency Maine has also supported the new construction of a number of classrooms, office, and medical building, including Lassel Architect-designed York Hospital medical office building; Wells High School renovation and addition, designed by Lavallee/Brensinger; and the SMRT-designed Western Maine Medical Office Building in Norway.

If you're interested in learning more about incentives for new construction projects, call the Maine Advanced Buildings team at 866-376-2463. Help your clients connect with greater energy savings, greater employee comfort, and lower maintenance costs.

Jeannette Schram