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Energy Efficiency in Buildings

ecoENERGY Retrofit Incentive for Buildings

Natural Resources Canada’s Office of Energy Efficiency (OEE) offers a financial incentive to help your organization implement energy-saving projects in commercial and institutional buildings. The OEE encourages multiple measures and will consider most proven energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.

Available Funding

The incentive is based on the lowest of the following three amounts:

  • $10 per gigajoule (277.8 kilowatt hours) of estimated annual energy savings;
  • 25 percent of eligible project costs; or
  • $50,000 per project ($250,000 per organization).

The estimated payback of your investment must be at least one year, after taking into account incentives from all sources.

Eligible Buildings

Each building can have an area no more than 20 000 square metres (215 279 square feet), and you must continue to use the space for the same purpose. Organizations that own, manage or lease the following types of buildings can apply:

  • Commercial and institutional buildings;
  • Provincial, territorial and municipal government buildings;
  • Multi-unit residential buildings (with at least four storeys or a footprint of at least 600 square metres and a common entrance);
  • Mixed-use commercial/residential buildings.

Key Steps

  • Arrange a pre-project energy audit at your own expense as described in the Application Guide.
  • Submit an Application Form and other required documents.
  • Receive written approval from the OEE before starting the project or incurring eligible costs.
  • Complete the project within 12 months (18 months in the northern territories).
  • The OEE will verify the work and issue a cheque for the total eligible amount.

For More Information

Visit the ecoACTION Web site to access the Application guide and forms or for information about the industrial component of the program and complementary incentives. If you have questions after you have read the materials, you can contact us.

You can find other buildings publications from the OEE. To order paper copies, or to discuss how we can help you make your property more energy efficient, please contact us.

Buildings Division
Office of Energy Efficiency
Natural Resources Canada
580 Booth Street, 18th floor
Ottawa ON  K1A 0E4
Tel.: 877-360-5500 (toll free)
Fax: 613-947-4121
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