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The ComEd® Energy Efficiency Program
new construction offering serves commercial, industrial and public sector buildings, as well as affordable housing developments and electric homes. We provide technical assistance and one-time financial incentives to help building owners and design teams achieve greater energy savings in their new construction or major renovation projects. New construction incentives and technical assistance are offered in conjunction with participating gas utilities.
Building types not listed above are served via a performance path, with recommendations and incentives based on energy modeling by ComEd program engineers.
In all cases, we provide additional incentives to design teams that support the program processes.
How do I know which path is best for my project?
Call 1-855-433-2700 and ask to speak with a ComEd Energy Efficiency Program new construction representative, or email BusinessEE@ComEd.com. We are happy to discuss eligibility and options for your project.
Commercial, industrial and public sector new construction projects must meet all of the following criteria:
If your project meets all these requirements, you are encouraged to submit an
Application for Technical Assistance.
All commercial, industrial, multi-family, and public sector buildings types are eligible.
See “OTHER NEW CONSTRUCTION OFFERINGS” section below regarding eligibility for the affordable housing new construction and electric homes new construction offerings.
Projects that do not meet these eligibility requirements may be eligible for other incentives through the ComEd Energy Efficiency Program. Learn more about our portfolio of offerings and incentives.
The ComEd customer receives the incentive, and the design team lead is eligible to receive additional funds.
Incentive amounts vary greatly and depend on the specific energy efficiency measures ultimately implemented. Incentive amounts are greater when you engage us earlier in the design process.
For certain market-specific building types–multi-family, assisted living, offices, retail and grocery, and warehouse and industrial—incentives are predetermined on a per-square-foot basis, awarded to projects that achieve a defined set of energy efficiency best practices for those building types. Additional incentives are available for achieving advanced energy efficiency measures.
For other building types, the performance pathway incentives will vary depending on how far the project exceeds current Illinois Energy Conservation Code standards. Incentives are determined based on whole-building modeling of energy savings compared to a code baseline.
Incentives are paid after a project is complete, has been site-verified, and all required paperwork has been submitted. This typically takes about six to eight weeks. Once approved for payment, incentive checks are sent within five business days. Incentives are paid to the ComEd customer’s business, or the ComEd customer can have the incentive paid to a third-party business.
Design incentives are awarded to design firms that assist in the process of working with the ComEd new construction team. Design incentives vary based on the program pathway.
The awarded incentive amount is based on the energy efficiency measures installed in the building.
To receive the market-specific offers available for certain building types, all required best practice measures must be achieved.
No. The ComEd Energy Efficiency Program is funded in compliance with state law. We provide technical assistance support at no additional cost to you. The electric and natural gas measure incentives help offset the cost of installing the recommended energy-efficient equipment. Our design team incentive can help offset the cost of coordinating with the program.
We can work within your timeline—as long as your team provides documentation and responses when requested. Working with the program team is easy. The program's energy engineers will request a handful of phone calls and emails, as well as drawings and submittal updates, throughout the engagement process.
No. We can support your modeling efforts by sharing our energy models with your team. However, our services are not a substitute for these types of modeling services.
Speak with a ComEd Energy Efficiency Program new construction offering representative today. Call 1-855-433-2700 and ask to speak with a new construction representative, or email BusinessEE@ComEd.com.
If your project meets eligibility requirements, you are encouraged to fill out an
application. Email the completed application and any available project drawings to
PublicSectorEE@ComEd.com. If you have questions, speak with a ComEd Energy Efficiency Program new construction offering representative today by calling
The building owner, project manager or design team lead would be the ideal team member to reach out to us.
The deadline is based on your building's design process. Ideally, the customer or design team member will submit the application in the early stages of design—during schematic design or pre-design. At a minimum, applications should be submitted at least six weeks before design completion. However, design stages can be compressed or overlapping for design/build projects and other fast-track projects.
What is the affordable housing new construction offering?
This offering provides substantial financial incentives to developers of income eligible multi-family and single-family buildings. Projects must meet the requirements of the
ComEd Multi-Family Standard, which includes energy efficiency measures for the building envelope, lighting, heating and cooling, ventilation, hot water and appliances. New construction and major renovation projects may participate. Projects must include income eligible units reserved for households at or below 80% of the area median income (AMI). See the
application and guidelines for information about the participation process.
For more information visit
ComEd.com/NewConstruction, call 855-433-2700, or email
What is the electric homes new construction offering?
Builders of new construction single-family homes, duplexes, townhomes and 2-4 flats are eligible to receive incentives worth $2,000 per home for achieving best practice energy efficiency. Participating homes must meet requirements for envelope air tightness, all-electric HVAC, heat pump water heating, lighting, and appliances. They must achieve at least 30% energy reduction compared to the current Illinois Energy Conservation Code. Homes must be rated by a qualified home energy rater following RESNET protocols.
High-quality, next-generation electric homes are part of a clean, resilient energy future. Solar-ready and electric-vehicle-ready homes are encouraged. Owners should explore ComEd
hourly pricing and smart home technology to manage energy bills and reduce peak time electricity consumption.
For more information visit ComEd.com/NewConstruction, call 855-433-2700, or email BusinessEE@ComEd.com.
The ComEd Energy Efficiency Program is funded in compliance with state law.
Offers are subject to change.