Early Adopter Incentive Program
RCW 19.27A.220, State energy performance standard: The Early Adopter Incentive program begins July 1, 2021 and applies to non-residential, hotel, motel and dormitory buildings greater than 50,000 sq. ft.
An eligible building owner that demonstrates early compliance with the Clean Buildings Standard may receive a one-time base incentive payment of $.85 per gross square foot of floor area, excluding parking, unconditioned, or semi-conditioned spaces. Incentive funds are limited to $75 million.
Qualifications for applying to this program
- The building must be a Tier 1 or multifamily building over 50,000 sq. ft.
- The building must be served by at least one electric utility, gas company or thermal energy company providing or delivering energy services.
- This is a state incentive and can be administered in addition to utility conservation incentives.
- Utilities who do not pay public utility taxes are not eligible to participate in the Early Adopter Incentive program.
- The building must be 15 energy use intensity (EUI) or more above the target
- The building must be brought into full compliance with the Clean Buildings Standard, and meet its energy use intensity target (EUIt).
An eligible building owner that demonstrates early compliance with the Clean Buildings Standard may receive a one-time base incentive payment of $.85 per sq. ft, excluding parking, unconditioned or semi-conditioned spaces.
Incentive funds are limited to $75 million.
The Early Adopter Incentive Guidebook serves to provide guidelines for the process of applying to the Incentive Program. The full glossary of terms, forms and templates are located in the Clean Buildings Standard. The guidebook does not cover elements of the Clean Buildings Standard that are otherwise covered by law or rule.
- Download the Early Adopter Incentive Guidebook below
- Guidebook Overview (video)
- * Click image above to download the guidebook
This incentive program is managed by Commerce in coordination with participating utilities and the Dept. of Revenue.
Utilities with over 25,000 customers are required to participate. For utilities with less than 25,000 customers, participation is voluntary. Utilities that issue the incentive payment to building owners receive a tax credit from the Department of Revenue. The tax credit is used against Public Utility Tax liability.
Utilities that do not pay public utility taxes are not eligible to participate in the Early Adopter Incentive Program.
- Please take time to fill out the Clean Buildings Utility Contact Form. Commerce will use the information gathered through this form for benchmarking and incentive programs across utility providers. Commerce requests that utilities participating in the incentive program complete this form.
- Stakeholder comments (link)
- Questions going forward (pdf)
- Draft guidelines (pdf)
- Past webinar materials (pdf)
Incentive Program Resources
- Energy Star Portfolio Manager (link)
- DOR fact sheet (link)
- HB 1257 2019 session law (PDF)
- Chapter 194-50 WAC (link)
- ASHRAE Standard 100-2018 (link)
- ASHRAE Standard 211-2018 (link)
- DSIRE (link)
- Guidebook Overview (video)
- Commercial building incentives and efficiency information from Washington State utilities (pdf)