CleanBC Better Buildings: CleanBC Commercial New Construction Program

By mmuise

Better Buildings BC offers a range of incentives intended to help building owners, operators and developers reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in their existing or new commercial buildings.
The CleanBC Commercial New Construction Program provides funding for the design and construction of new high-performance buildings that use high-efficiency electricity in place of fossil fuels, in order to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The program supports electrification measures focused on the building heating system (space heating, ventilation, service hot water heating, and heat recovery systems).
Commercial businesses can apply for Energy Study incentives of up to $15,000 and for Capital incentives of up to $500,000.

Comments on Funding:

Available Incentives:
Energy Study Incentive up to $15,000.
Paid upon approval of the energy study and review of applicable invoices.
Capital Incentives up to $500,000.
Capital incentives are based on the amount of lifetime CO2e reduced and are relative to the baseline building code of the project:
Incentives range from $30/t CO2e to $120/t CO2e
All eligible Northern customers* will receive an additional $10/t C02e incentive on all eligible measures installed. The total maximum incentive including the top-up offer is $625,000 per project. * Eligible buildings must have a commercial utility account with BC Hydro and be located north of and including the District of 100 Mile House (latitude 51.628°N).
100% of the capital incentive amount will be paid upon the Customer’s signed and returned Capital Incentive agreement subject to receiving sufficient proof in the form of either a Progress Draw, Paid Invoice, or fully executed Purchase Order(s) or Proof of Purchase of the approved building system(s) in an amount equal to or greater than 100% of the Incentive amount.
100% Electrification BONUS up to $50,000: Projects further electrified from the baseline and built to 100% electric space, ventilation and domestic hot water heating (with no gas boiler as a backup) are eligible to receive a 10% bonus of the Capital Incentive.

Deadline: Continuous Intake

Applicants must:

  • be building owners, operators and developers reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in their existing or new commercial buildings;
  • be commercial businesses with commercial utility account in BC Hydro.
  • be from British Columbia.
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