Austin Energy recently introduced the new Integrated Modeling Incentive and has held trainings to qualify consultants. Energy modeling provides opportunities for a design team to evaluate energy-saving strategies and make informed decisions that affect the long term performance of a building. The Integrated Modeling Incentive rewards building owners that incorporate energy modeling early in the design process through post-occupancy verification.
Participants select a qualified energy consultant to guide the process. The team uses EDAPT, a web-service, developed by the Department of Energy to track projects, manage data, automate quality control checks, and produce reports generated with OpenStudio® simulation results. This program tracking tool allows for team-wide communication of discoveries made throughout the project which:
- Promotes collaboration
- Offers flexibility in achieving energy performance goals
- Guides design, capital investment and operations decisions
Who Should Apply
The Integrated Modeling Incentive is available to owners of new construction or major renovation properties in the Austin Energy Service Area. See Eligibility for details.
Save Even More
Customers who participate in the Integrated Modeling Incentive are also eligible to apply for energy-efficiency rebates.
See the full list of Austin Energy’s wide range of commercial rebates and incentives.
Participation in the Integrated Modeling Incentive will also contribute toward requirements for Austin Energy Green Building ratings and LEED certifications.
Austin Energy pays $175 per kW saved against a baseline model during the summer peak demand period as defined by Austin Energy.
“Summer Peak Demand Period” is defined as the period from June 1st through September 30th during the on-peak period (weekdays between 2 pm and 8 pm).
- Program applicants have an Austin Energy electric utility account at the service address or own the property within Austin Energy’s service territory where the project will be built.
- Project is new construction or major renovation ≥10,000 sq ft for commercial, multifamily or governmental use.
- Building will operate at least four consecutive hours daily during the summer peak demand period. (Exclusion: schools)
- Program applicants apply for the Integrated Modeling Incentive on EDAPT.
- Participants must follow the Integrated Modeling Incentive Program Guidelines. See Austin Energy Resources
- Customer must hire a qualified Energy Consultant registered with Austin Energy to create energy models.
- Building owners and tenants must provide Austin Energy’s representatives reasonable access to the building and records to verify equipment and measure performance, this may include temporary installation of monitoring equipment for data collection.
Complete Application on Energy Design Assistance Program Tracker (EDAPT)
EDAPT is an online project tracking tool provided by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. This tool guides project teams through the Integrated Modeling Incentive process while allowing them to communicate project details and ideas.
Getting started is simple, just complete an online application on EDAPT. Austin Energy will review your application to verify project eligibility.
Find a Qualified Energy Consultant
Energy modeling by an Austin Energy qualified Energy Consultant (EC) is required to be eligible for the Integrated Modeling Incentive. Select a qualified EC company from the list (contact us).
Complete All Stages of the Integrated Modeling Process
Once your application has been approved and you have selected a qualified EC you will be required to complete all six stages of the Integrated Modeling Incentive process. Your Energy Consultant will guide you through this process.
- Stage 1 — Application
- Stage 2 — Design Team Charrette
- Stage 3 — Preliminary Energy Analysis
- Stage 4 — Final Energy Analysis
- Stage 5 — Construction Document Review
- Stage 6 — Post-Occupancy Measurement & Verification
Incentive payment is made upon the completion of Stage 6 — Post-Occupancy Measurement & Verification.
Funding is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Offerings, program guidelines, and rebate levels are subject to change without prior notice.
The Austin City Council must approve rebates of more than $58,000. The maximum combined rebate is $300,000 per customer site per fiscal year (October through September).
Austin Energy will not intervene in customer and Registered Contractor disputes.
Program guidelines include additional requirements and limitations for receiving the above incentives. Contact us for more details.