Whole Building Solutions – Small Buildings under 100,000 sq. ft.

Comprehensive technical expertise and financial incentives to make your small building project energy efficient.
The Integrated Design Path for Small Buildings program provides building owners and design teams with energy efficiency expertise early in the construction or renovation process. Its purpose is to reduce the energy demand and consumption of a building by implementing cost-effective design alternatives while changes are still feasible. Your project's Mass Save® Sponsor(s) will help with technical assistance, design issues, and financial incentives. Incentives may be paid to both the customer and the design team.

Eligible projects are new buildings, building additions, and buildings undergoing renovation that need replacement of major systems, such as HVAC and lighting. Lab buildings, grocery stores, industrial projects, and multifamily projects may NOT be eligible for this program, but may qualify for others. (Ask your Mass Save Sponsor for details.)

Incentives are offered based on expected annual site energy savings, and are used to help defray construction costs or extra design services. In addition to providing incentives, the Sponsor acts in an advisory capacity, offering technical assistance and design support. Customers are not obligated to perform the Sponsor’s recommendations.


Download the Memorandum of Understanding for the Integrated Design Path for Small Buildings for a full description of the process and requirements for this program.


Engineering Services Templates:


  • 1 Early Coordination with Your Mass Save Sponsor

    The program is only available before the end of design development, so your Mass Save Sponsor should be contacted early in the process. Following an initial conversation, your Sponsor will assign you a Technical Advisor (TA) vendor to provide support.

  • 2 Energy Charrette

    During the schematic design or design development phase of the project the Sponsor’s vendor will lead an Energy Charrette with the project’s design team. This meeting, which brings all design team participants together, is held as a problem-solving session to brainstorm potential energy conservation measures [ECMs]. The resulting measures are then put into a formal document for further analysis. To qualify, the charrette must adhere to a list of procedural requirements as outlined by the Sponsor. The outcome of the charrette will include a base case report recommending which energy conservation measures (ECMs) to pursue further.

  • 3 Design Assistance

    Once the base case is established, the TA vendor will conduct a mid-design review to assess the feasibility of incorporating the strategies agreed upon during the charrette. From this, the Sponsor will determine if the project needs energy modeling.

  • 4 Energy Modeling, if Needed

    If it is needed, the energy modeling service will be provided at no charge by the Mass Save Sponsor, up to $8,000. The TA Vendor will perform an energy analysis using a simulation model (e.g. eQuest or Energy Plus). This will help the team evaluate the potential energy savings and construction costs of the ECMs identified, as well as any issues with state energy code compliance requirements.

  • 5 Reporting and Incentive Offer

    The TA vendor will prepare a final energy model and report for the Sponsors to do a cost-benefit analysis. This will be submitted to the customer, and once approved, incentives will be determined. Note that all projects must be deemed cost-effective in order of the customer to receive the maximum incentives.

  • 6 Project Completion and Incentive Payment

    A few weeks before substantial completion, the Sponsors may request a set of the approved submittals and invoices associated with all ECMs subject to incentives. All projects in the program may also be subject to post-inspection. Upon review of all documents and submittals, the Sponsor will provide the incentive payment to the customer and to the design team lead.

Buildings under 20,000 sq. ft. are only eligible for prescriptive equipment rebates.

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