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Considerations Whole Building Approach Prescriptive Approach
When Used
  • For projects in early design using an integrated approach
  • Achieves highest building performance
  • Typically requires more time/effort in design stage
  • Projects beyond schematic design, on a fast-track or when resources prevent using Whole Building Approach
  • Targets specific equipment and systems
Incentive Types or Equipment/Systems Funded

Design Incentive: helps offset costs for additional design professionals (e.g. daylighting or energy consultant). Available in early design.

Performance Incentive: based on electricity savings of entire building using ASHRAE 90.1 - 2007, Appendix G criteria. Paid at end of project.

Simple incentive structures for:
  • Lighting
  • HVAC
  • Building envelope
  • Electric motors
  • Custom measures
Incentive Amount

Design: $5,000 + $0.10/square feet (SF) up to 300,000 SF; $50,000 lifetime cap.

Performance: $500 per summer peak kW or $0.10/annual kWh for electricity savings of 10-50% below basline reference; $100,000/year cap.

Based on improvement from efficiency requirements in the ASHRAE 90.1 - 2007 Energy Standard (see specific incentive amounts for various prescriptive measures); capped at $100,000/year.

Building Requirements
  • Pre-design or schematic design
  • Minimum of 5,000 SF
  • Commissioning (independent verification that building performs as intended) included
  • Set goal to exceed ASHRAE 90.1 - 2007 Energy Standard by 10%
  • Located in Fort Collins Utilities electric service area
  • New construction or major renovation
  • Commercial or high-rise residential building, per ASHRAE 90.1 - 2007, Section 2
  • Application for IDAP incentives must be submitted before equipment is installed.
  • Located in Fort Collins Utilities electric
    service area
  • New construction or major renovation
  • Commercial or high-rise residential building,
    per ASHRAE 90.1 - 2007, Section 2
How to Apply
  • Prescriptive Approach application (PDF 523KB)
  • Pre-approval is required for projects with a total prescriptive incentive over $1,000. See Page 1 of the New Construction and Renovations application for details.

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