Net-zero buildings have the potential to create as much energy as they consume over the course of each year. They’re the result of imagining, designing and building in a completely new way. Talk with Energy Trust of Oregon to help make it happen.
To design and construct a Path to Net Zero building, project teams first establish a clear energy-efficiency target and a plan of approach. We make this goal-setting process as simple as possible by focusing on two key areas: the Energy Use Intensity (EUI) of the building and initial design strategies for fundamental building systems.
Energy Trust’s Path to Net Zero offering supports the entire design and construction process, from project kick-off through completion and occupancy.
Net Zero Early Design Assistance
|Project Kick-Off Meeting||A New Buildings outreach manager will meet with the project team to discuss and establish an initial EUI target and energy-efficient design strategies, as well as walk through the Zero Tool to establish an initial EUI and target. The Zero Tool was developed by Architecture 2030 as a user-friendly way to define EUI and benchmark buildings.
|Early Design Assistance||Up to $6,000 to offset the cost of a design charrette.
|Construction Document Review||Energy Trust will review construction documents to ensure they align with the target and strategies set during kick-off and planning.
Energy Trust will pay up to 60% of the cost of energy studies, up to $40,000. Studies may include, but are not limited to:
- Early design shoebox modeling
- Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis
- Daylighting studies
- Energy modeling
- Commissioning design review
|Solar Development Assistance||Up to $1,800 to determine the solar potential of your building.
|Solar Ready Design||Up to $15,000 to build to Energy Trust solar ready standards if you can't install solar panels at the time of construction.
|Solar Installation||Up to $35,000 to install a solar electric system.
- Modeled savings: $0.40 per kWh, $1.20 per therm
- Standard and/or special measure incentives
Completion and Post-Occupancy
|Energy Metering||Up to 50% of the cost of energy metering, up to $20,000.
Energy Trust can provide $2,000 for net-zero certification from the International Living Future Institute (ILFI).
See our Forms + Resources page for additional information.
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