Integrated Modeling Incentive
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721 Barton Springs Road
Austin, TX 78704
Saving energy and money go hand-in-hand. We can all contribute to reducing Austin’s energy demand by making simple lifestyle changes and energy-efficient home improvements. When demand decreases, we all save. Austin Energy is committed to helping our customers achieve the greatest savings possible.
Integrate energy modeling into your design process and visualize savings. Create virtual versions of your building to inform the design. Earn an incentive for achieving your energy performance goals.
Energy modeling provides opportunities for a design team to evaluate energy-saving strategies and make informed decisions that affect the long term performance of a building. The Integrated Modeling Incentive rewards building owners that incorporate energy modeling early in the design process through post-occupancy verification.
Participants select a qualified energy consultant to guide the process. The team uses EDAPT, a web-service, developed by the Department of Energy to track projects, manage data, automate quality control checks, and produce reports generated with OpenStudio® simulation results. This program tracking tool allows for team-wide communication of discoveries made throughout the project which:
- Promotes collaboration
- Offers flexibility in achieving energy performance goals
- Guides design, capital investment and operations decisions
Who Should Apply
The Integrated Modeling Incentive is available to owners of new construction or major renovation properties in the Austin Energy Service Area. See Eligibility for details.
Save Even More
Customers who participate in the Integrated Modeling Incentive are also eligible to apply for energy-efficiency rebates.
Participation in the Integrated Modeling Incentive will also contribute toward requirements
for Austin Energy Green Building ratings and LEED certifications.
Austin Energy pays $175 per kW saved against a baseline model during the summer peak demand period as defined by Austin Energy.
“Summer Peak Demand Period” is defined as the period from June 1st through September 30th during the on-peak period (weekdays between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.).
- Program applicants have an Austin Energy electric utility account at the service address or own the property within Austin Energy’s service territory where the project will be built.
- Project is new construction or major renovation ≥10,000 sq ft for commercial, multifamily or governmental use.
- Building will operate at least four consecutive hours daily during the summer peak demand period. (Exclusion: schools).
- Program applicants apply for the Integrated Modeling Incentive on EDAPT.
- Participants follow the Integrated Modeling Incentive Guidelines (pdf).
- Customer selects a qualified Energy Consultant to guide the process (pdf).
- Building owners and tenants provide Austin Energy’s representatives reasonable access to the building and records to verify equipment and measure performance; this may include temporary installation of monitoring equipment for data collection.
Complete Application on Energy Design Assistance Program Tracker (EDAPT)
EDAPT is an online project tracking tool provided by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. This tool guides project teams through the Integrated Modeling Incentive process while allowing them to communicate project details and ideas.
Getting started is simple. Just complete an online application on EDAPT. Austin Energy will review your application to verify project eligibility.
Find a Qualified Energy Consultant
Energy modeling by an Austin Energy qualified Energy Consultant is required to be eligible for the Integrated Modeling Incentive.
Contact us for more information on becoming a qualified Energy Consultant.
Complete All Stages of the Integrated Modeling Process
Once your application has been approved and you have selected a qualified Energy Consultant, you will be required to complete all six stages of the Integrated Modeling Incentive process. Your Energy Consultant will guide you through this process.
- Stage 1 — Application
Customer completes online application and selects an Energy Consultant for early design analysis.
- Stage 2 — Design Team Charrette
Energy Consultant and Project Team discuss project requirements, energy use goals and strategies.
- Stage 3 — Preliminary Energy Analysis
Energy Consultant provides energy and economic analysis of each energy efficiency strategy for evaluation during early design analysis
- Stage 4 — Final Energy Analysis
Energy Consultant provides energy and economic analysis of three designs representing combinations of energy efficiency strategies. Customer selects optimal design during design development.
- Stage 5 — Construction Document Review
Energy Consultant incorporates construction documentation changes to update energy and economic analysis.
- Stage 6 — Post-Occupancy Measurement & Verification
Austin Energy reviews static and operational energy efficiency measures within first year post-occupancy. Energy Consultant updates the analysis with ‘as built’ conditions.
Incentive payment is made upon the completion of Stage 6 — Post-Occupancy Measurement & Verification.
Funding is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Offerings, program guidelines, and rebate levels are subject to change without notice. Rebate funds are encumbered (committed to be paid) during the fiscal year in which they are to be dispersed.
The Austin City Council must approve rebates of more than $58,000. The maximum combined rebate is $300,000 per customer site per fiscal year (October through September).
Austin Energy will not intervene in customer and qualified Energy Consultant disputes.
Program guidelines include additional requirements and limitations for receiving the above incentives. Contact us for more details.