New Jersey's Clean Energy Program™ offers commercial, industrial and municipal customers incentives and technical assistance to integrate energy efficient and renewable energy technologies.
Whether you’re starting from the ground up, or upgrading an existing facility, now’s the time to make smart choices, with help from New Jersey SmartStart Buildings program. We offer a wide array of improvement options for commercial, industrial, institutional, government, and agricultural projects throughout New Jersey. Alternatives are designed to enhance quality – while building in energy efficiency to save money now and for many years to come!
Below are described the types of projects for which New Jersey SmartStart Buildings can offer support, at the time and pace required by each project event:
New Construction and Additions
Critical decisions affecting long-term energy use include building form and configuration, lighting, HVAC, and other systems. Integrating multiple energy-efficient options into a project design can result in synergistic savings much greater than savings achieved by simple substitution of stand-alone energy-efficiency measures. The easiest, most cost-effective way to achieve this synergistic benefit is to consider and select efficient alternatives during the design phase.
Renovation projects typically entail a complete building overhaul, with major modifications to the shell as well as replacement of HVAC and lighting systems. Opportunities for equipment selection and design enhancements are similar to those for new construction projects and, likewise, are most effective when incorporated into the design phase.
Remodeling may be as simple as a change in lighting systems, or as complex as a totally new configuration of internal space with updated mechanical and/or electrical systems. Though not usually as extensive as renovations, remodeling projects may still offer considerable, cost-effective opportunities to improve energy efficiency.
Three types of equipment replacement typically occur outside the scope of other construction events: (1) planned replacements, usually as part of scheduled maintenance; (2) on-demand replacement of failing or failed equipment; and (3) emergency replacement of failed essential equipment. Because equipment replacement decisions tend to be made quickly, New Jersey SmartStart Buildings is structured to allow very rapid response.