The City of Toronto’s Energy Efficiency Office through its Better Buildings Partnership is supporting Toronto Hydro Electric Systems Limited in delivering the Ontario Power Authority’s saveONenergy conservation and demand management program across the City
We assist building owners and developers access the Ontario Power Authority’s High Performance New Construction (HPNC) program. This program helps to offset the extra expense that is often incurred to design and construct a sustainable building.
BBP New Construction is an important partner with the City’s Planning Division, assisting and rewarding site plan applicants to meet energy efficiency requirements of the Toronto Green Standard.
There are many ways to incorporate energy efficiency into a new building. Here are a few suggestions:
- Install high efficiency heating and cooling systems
- Demand controlled ventilation
- Improved building envelope
- Heat/Energy recovery ventilation
- High efficiency lighting fixtures, appliances and pumps
- Energy Star rated in-suite appliances
- Variable speed drives on fans and pumps
- Drain water heat recovery
- Passive solar day lighting
- Shaded windows at south and west sides
- In-suite occupancy sensors
These incentives apply for projects submitted on or after December 4th 2012. If you applied for the building permit before January 1st, 2012 a different level of incentives may apply. Please refer to the worksheets under the relevant documents section for buildings that applied for their permit before January 1st, 2012.
Approved HPNC projects are eligible for incentives in one of three program approaches:
New construction in which energy savings are determined through a comprehensive energy modeling (simulation) procedure using an approved modeling software program (EE4, eQUEST, DOE-2, EnergyPro, CAN-QUEST or accepted equivalent).
When the building is complete the model may need to be re-run to reflect changes that occurred after the design stage model was submitted. After final review the incentive is calculated on the modeled energy savings that the new building achieves compared to a reference building that meets minimum requirements of the Ontario Building Code.
Financial Incentives for Modeled Projects:
- Up to 25% above Code: $400 for every verified kilowatt saved, or $0.05/kWh of Energy Saved
- Between 25% to 50% above Code: $600 for every verified kilowatt saved, or $0.075/kWh of Energy Saved
- Greater than 50% above Code: $800 for every verified kilowatt saved, or $0.10/kWh of Energy Saved
- The HPNC program supports up to 100% of the cost of modelling a building (up to $10,000) for the building owner.
Design decision-maker (Architects, Engineers, Consultants, etc.):
- Less than 25% above Code: $50 for every verified kilowatt saved, or $0.00625/kWh of Energy Savings
- Greater than 25% above Code: $100 for every verified kilowatt saved, or $0.0125/kWh of Energy Savings
- Greater than 50% above Code: $150 for every verified kilowatt saved, or $0.01875/kWh of Energy Savings
This component encourages incorporation of pre-approved technologies. Incentives are calculated as ‘$ per item’ based on HPNC Prescriptive Worksheets, for example- Lighting, Motors, Unitary A/C, Agribusiness, AEM for Space Cooling, AEM for Service Hot Water, Synchronous Belt, and Multi-Residential In-Suite Appliances.
Component that consists of a series of preset calculation worksheets that help you estimate reductions in peak demand and/or electricity consumption that apply to the installation of more energy-efficient equipment or solutions.
New buildings, additions to existing buildings and full-scale renovations are eligible for the HPNC program. This includes buildings across all sectors.