Supporting Your Building Design Project
Financial incentives and technical support
The New Construction Service, in coordination with ComEd, provides cash incentives and technical assistance to encourage building owners, designers and architects to surpass standard practices.
Funds are limited and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
Benefits and Incentives
Achieve High Performance and Reduce Operating Costs
The New Construction Service supports your project’s goals while offering the opportunity to explore energy-saving ideas and strategies in new construction and major renovation projects. These strategies may offer long-term energy and cost savings for your project. The New Construction Service offers the following benefits:
Access to technical experts at no cost to identify ways to save energy and lower operating expenses
Financial incentives to offset the cost of installing energy-efficient equipment and materials
Design incentives for the lead design team for coordinating program participation
Energy modeling or whole building energy simulations to optimize the building design for energy performance
Life-cycle costing to identify the cost-effectiveness of the project and maximize savings
Assistance with exceeding energy code
Contact us Early in Design
The best time to identify high performance building design strategies and technologies is very early in the design process. Contact the New Construction Service Team to discuss project eligibility, incentives and technical assistance. Applications must be submitted early in design to qualify for the program (pre-design or schematic design is best). Projects in construction will not qualify. Please review all eligibility requirements on the New Construction Overview sheet.
Industry Links and Resources
Connecting You with Building Professionals
- ASHRAE Illinois
- DCEO New Construction Program (Public Sector)
- USGBC Illinois
- AIA Chicago (American Institute of Architects)
“The incentives and technical assistance offered by the New Construction Service Team are valuable resources that help building owners fund the implementation of energy-efficient features in new construction and major renovation projects. The program offers expertise in energy and daylight modeling to complement the design team's effort that add to the project goals of achieving environmentally conscious operation.”
--David S. Eldridge, Jr., P.E., LEED AP BD+C, BEMP, Grumman/Butkus Associates
“The technical experts on the New Construction Service Team helped us identify many cost-effective energy-efficient features that were added to the design of our buildings. By participating in the program, our university will reap these benefits for many years to come."
--Sumit Ray, PE, CEM, LEED, Director, Engineering & Utilities, University of Chicago
“Having completed one major project with the New Construction Service Team and in the middle of two other projects with them, I can say with first-hand experience that everybody wins from their involvement. I recommend developers take the time to meet with this organization to understand the financial and technical support the New Construction Service Team can provide.”
--Ed Walsh, Vice President, The John Buck Company
“Advocate Health Care is committed to sustainability and we are thrilled to leverage the ComEd and Nicor Gas New Construction Service to help us meet our energy reduction goals. Thanks to the technical assistance offered, we are able to evaluate energy and cost savings in the early stages of building design. The energy model provides valuable information to help inform our decision-making process, which leads to an energy-efficient building with long-term energy savings.”
--Joseph Buri, MS, CHFM, CHSP, CEM, Advocate Health Care