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NYSERDA New Construction Program (NCP)

Eligibility and Participation

1. What types of projects are eligible for incentives?

Two types of building projects are eligible:

  • New Construction
  • Substantial Renovation


There are several types available through the NCP:

  • Capital Cost incentives
  • The Green Buildings incentive, which provides an incentive for meeting various national green building standards
  • A Design Incentive, which provides assistance with the cost of outside design professionals for Whole Building Design Projects and LEED ® Rated buildings.
  • Building Commissioning Incentives are available to finance a portion of the cost to provide a detailed assessment of building systems and their performance to ensure that they are operating at optimal capacity
  • Periodically NYSERDA offers bonus incentives for specific energy measures.

The Program offers:  direct Technical Assistance (TA) and capital cost incentives and commissioning costs based on improved building energy efficiency performance.

2. Do I qualify for participation in NCP?

Eligible applicants for electric or gas incentives are New York State electricity or firm gas distribution customers of a participating utility company and who pay into the System Benefits Charge. [I’ve asked Kathy Mullaney to let me know if this is the case.]

3.  If we wish to apply we need to work with an Outreach Project Consultant (OPC), identified by NYSERDA.  OPCs are engineers/architects under contract to work directly with applicants and their project teams.  The OPC provides these services:

  • An OPC reviews applications for accuracy and may assist with an application's completion.
  • OPCs work with you and your design team to develop a program participation plan that best fits your needs.
  • An OPC also will schedule and participate in Scoping Meetings, which define what is to be included as part of the project.
  • An OPC coordinates the activities of the Technical Assistance (TA) providers
  • Reviews technical assistance scopes of work
  • Identifies opportunities with the applicant and may conduct LEED® charrettes
  • Promptly and effectively responds to applicant questions and requests for assistance
  • An OPC may inspect and verify installation of the energy efficiency measures once the project is completed
  • The OPC provides NYSERDA with photographs of completed projects and develops case studies
  • The OPC coordinators also assist NYSERDA staff members with administration of the NCP program.
  • NYSERDA assigns OPCs based upon where the building in the application is located
  • OPCs services are free of charge.

4.  Likely, we will be asked to use NYSERDA’s NCP Technical Assistance (TA) providers

NYSERDA has contracted with several energy consultants to provide Technical Assistance (TA) services to eligible NCP Applicants. TA providers are assigned by NYSERDA based on availability, location, and project-specific needs.

TA providers conduct assessments of potential energy-saving measures and design features to:

  • Limit energy usage
  • Peak demand electric loads

They may conduct computer energy modeling of the building project designed to standard practice (base case), compare it to a more energy efficient improved building design, and calculate the energy savings.

NYSERDA pays the first $5,000 of the cost of TA services and cost shares up to 50 percent of the balance, up to a maximum of $75,000. NYSERDA will increase the maximum funding amount for technical services by an additional $25,000 to a total of $100,000 to identify Demand Response Opportunities.

How much will it cost for a Technical Assistance (TA) provider to perform an energy analysis of my project?

  • The costs vary from project to project
  • The fee for the technical analysis is based on the methods of analysis being used as well as how many measures are being analyzed.
  • If an applicant is interested in obtaining a Technical Assistance provider, NYSERDA will conduct a scoping meeting at the onset of the process to determine an applicant's desired scope of work and the cost of proposed work for an applicant's review and approval, prior to proceeding with the assistance.

When will I be required to pay my share of the Technical Assistance study cost?

  • NYSERDA invoices the applicant approximately 90 days after the incentive offer and analysis have been delivered.

What is a Capital Cost incentive?

  • Capital Cost incentives are based upon an escalating payment scale for kilowatt hour and kilowatt savings. These incentives can defray a portion of the incremental cost to purchase and install more advanced or energy-efficient technology equipment. It could cover up to 75 percent of the incremental costs.

What are Green Building Incentives?

  • The Green Buildings approach is the most comprehensive package of services offered through the New Construction Program. Green Buildings incentives are available to projects that achieve a minimum number of energy points.
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What are the Design incentives?

  • For projects under the Whole Building Design method that exceed the performance requirements of the Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York by a minimum of 3 percent, design team (architect and/or engineer of record) incentives are available.
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Who pays the Design team incentives, and when are they paid?

  • Design team incentives are paid to the applicant after the incentive offer is made, the technical study is complete, and it is approved by NYSERDA.

What are Building Commissioning Services?

  • Building commissioning services consist of a detailed assessment of building systems and their performance to ensure that they are operating as originally intended and designed. NYSERDA requires commissioning on all projects receiving incentive awards for more than $100,000. NYSERDA may require on-site verification of project performance after a one-year period of operation.