The Maine Advanced Buildings Program offers incentives for the design and construction of new high-performance commercial buildings. The program provides comprehensive strategies to help Maine property owners, developers, architects and engineers design new buildings that will achieve significant energy savings.
New buildings designed and constructed according to the Maine Advanced Buildings Program requirements will be at least 30 – 35% more energy-efficient than buildings built to the Maine Uniform Building and Energy Code. The Maine Advanced Buildings Program offers a prescriptive cash incentive for new commercial buildings that are designed and constructed to meet these standards.
Incentives are provided for comprehensive energy design and savings rather than individual efficiency measures. Maine Advanced Building new construction incentives are $1.75 per square foot (capped at $175,000). The breakdown is as follows:
- $1.50 per square foot to the Building Owner
- $0.25 per square foot to the Lead Building Design Team
Recently Completed Buildings
Case Study, Sargent Family Community Center: One of the major energy saving strategies used in the design of the Sargent Family Community Center is an advanced lighting controls system: almost all of the lighting in the building is connected to intelligent controls. These controls adjust the lighting in response to occupancy and the amount of daylight. Around 45% of the building is illumined by daylight during the day, dramatically reducing the lighting load. Special attention was also given to the building envelope and heating systems. The community center has a continuous air barrier to reduce air leakage and is super-insulated in the foundation, walls and roof. Because of this efficient envelope, the building can be heated with a low-temperature hydronic radiant floor heating system. This heating delivery system is fed by highly efficient condensing boilers Other efficient technologies are heat-recovery ventilators with variable refrigerant flow and variable frequency drives. All together, these strategies are expected to deliver annual energy savings of 95,000 kWh.
Case Study, Gorham Police Station: In the design and construction of the Gorham Police Station, special attention was given to the building envelope and the lighting systems. The building is encapsulated by a continuous air barrier that prevents air infiltration. In addition, the building is insulated to R-10 in the slab foundation, R-22 in the exterior walls, and R-46 in the roof. This insulation helps insure that heating and cooling stay in the building during the winter and summer. The building also saves a great deal of energy through its lighting system. All interior and exterior lights are LED. These LEDs are attached to controls that adjust the light based on the amount of daylight coming in through the windows: over 35% of the building;s lighting needs are met by daylight. In addition, the building contains a radiant floor heating system, which circulates warm water through the floor to heat the space. Together, all these advanced strategies are projected to save the town 33,000 kWh and 75MMBtu annually (relative to a new building built to code).
Benefits of Energy Efficient New Construction
Focusing on energy efficiency during design and construction has many benefits:
- Savings every year on heating and electric bills: high-performance design will pay dividends year after year.
- Greater comfort for employees and customers: controls allow for more directed lighting and more even distribution of heating and cooling.
- Better indoor air quality: energy efficient buildings closely monitor moisture levels and ensure that spaces are being adequately ventilated, resulting in better air quality.
- Less risk: buildings that require less energy are insulated from fluctuating energy prices.
- Lower maintenance cost: a greater awareness of energy usage patterns can reveal when equipment is not operating at peak performance, supporting more targeted, preventative maintenance. In addition, long lasting technology like LED lighting requires fewer bulb changes and less maintenance.
About the Program
The Maine Advanced Buildings Program uses the New Construction Guide, an easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide that provides a set of discrete integrated design strategies and building features that will result in a highly energy efficient building. The strategies include efficient HVAC systems, LED lighting, advanced control systems, and increased insulation requirements. The guide, which offers a complete suite of technologies and practices, is a publication of the New Buildings Institute (NBI).
To learn more on how to get started call 1-866-376-2463 and mention that you want more information about the Maine Advanced Building Program.