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What is the Integrated Design Assistance Program?

The Integrated Design Assistance Program (IDAP) helps owners, designers and contractors deliver high-performance buildings that are more energy efficient than required by the building code.

Two approaches are available:

  • Whole Building (more comprehensive)
  • Prescriptive

What incentives are available?

Design Incentives (available for Whole Building Approach only):

  • Must apply prior to completion of the schematic design
  • Helps with design-phase costs, such as daylighting and/or energy-efficiency consultants
  • Favors projects that prioritize energy efficiency early in the design process

Performance Incentives (available for Whole Building and Prescriptive Approaches):

  • Encourages the use of more energy-efficient systems and building integration
  • Incentive amount based on building electricity savings (Whole Building) or specific equipment selection (Prescriptive)

NOTICE: Commercial Efficiency Rebates will soon be depleted.
Due to increased participation, funds for Efficiency Works’ electric efficiency rebates will be depleted in the very near future. Learn more.

What are other benefits?

The IDAP can help lower building operation and maintenance costs. These buildings typically provide greater occupant comfort, promote higher productivity and increase property value.

Is this program related to LEED®?

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a rating system for green buildings offered by the U.S. Green Building Council.

While many IDAP projects also seek a LEED rating, it is not a requirement for program participation. However, IDAP and LEED can be very complementary.

What level of commissioning is required for the Whole Building Approach?

The project must obtain the services of a qualified commissioning agent who will:

  • develop a commissioning plan
  • perform functional performance testing
  • complete a commissioning report

The commissioning scope covers, at a minimum, all heating, ventilating, air conditioning and lighting systems and associated controls.

How do I know if my project qualifies?

Pre-approval is required for projects with a total prescriptive incentive over $1,000. See Page 1 of the New Construction and Renovations application (XLS 523KB) for details.

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