There has never been a better time to design high-performance, energy-efficient features into your new construction. Discuss the issue with your architect, engineer or contractor during the planning stage.
By implementing a whole-building, integrated design approach at the outset, you can realize the greatest savings in construction and operation costs.
Learn more about what you can do, and how these efforts can benefit both your project and your bottom line, by exploring the sampling of resources below.
LEED: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System™, operated by the U.S. Green Building Council program, is a nationally recognized benchmark for design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.
A voluntary program, LEED qualifies deserving buildings to receive tax rebates, zoning allowances and other incentives. LEED-certified projects can cost less to operate and maintain, tend to be energy and water efficient, and have seen higher lease-up rates than conventional buildings in their markets.
BetterBricks, a major program of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, is devoted to helping business professionals understand the power of energy-efficiency.
Consult BetterBricks for information about how energy-efficiency can lead to improvements in building occupant productivity, business profitability and marketplace competitiveness.
ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy aimed at helping you save money and protect the environment through energy-efficient products and practices.
EPA’s ENERGY STAR partnership assists in measuring current energy performance, setting goals, tracking savings and rewarding improvements to benefit the environment and your bottom line.
Energy Trust of Oregon
Energy Trust of Oregon provides technical assistance and cash incentives to help businesses invest in energy-efficiency measures that save money and energy, and improve business operations.
Energy Trust’s programs can help make your commercial or industrial new construction more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly with cash incentives for energy modeling, and high-efficiency equipment, including lighting, lighting controls, motors, air conditioners, heat pumps, air-to-air heat exchangers, chillers, demand-control ventilation and variable-speed drives.
For more information, see our Incentives, Loans & Credits section.