Integrated Design Solutions

Save money and carbon emissions by adding energy efficiency and beneficial electrification into your commercial building.

Our commercial new construction program, Integrated Design Solutions (previously Savings by Design), offers incentives when you build or renovate with energy-efficient and electrification technologies.

When you participate in the modeled approach, you'll involve SMUD early in the design process. This approach is best with large, complex buildings with non-standard equipment. It requires calculations and energy modeling using Title 24-compliant software. Your design is compared to the permitted energy code. Incentives can be up to $150,000 for owners and up to $50,000 for design teams per project plan set.

You can also participate by choosing the equipment menu approach for your electrification technologies. Participation at this level is ideal for smaller or less complex buildings with simple equipment. Incentives can be up to $50,000 for owners per project plan set.

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Ready to get started?

For complete program rules and restrictions or to begin the application process, please contact us:  IntegratedDesign@smud.org or 1-916-732-5095.

There are two ways to participate in the program.

Modeled approach

Calculate energy savings specific to your building and receive up to a maximum $150,000 owner's incentive and up to a maximum $50,000 design team incentive.

  • Best for larger or more complex buildings with non-standard equipment or processes
  • Requires calculations and energy modeling using Title 24-compliant software
  • SMUD involvement must begin as early as possible and prior to 100% schematic design development for the owner and 50% schematic design for the design team
Types of Savings  Owner Incentive Design Team Incentive 
Traditional electric-to-electric
energy efficiency
$0.10 per kWh,
$150 per kW 
1/3 of Owner 
Gas-to-electric conversions $0.30 per kWh-equivalent  1/3 of Owner 

Bonus:  $1.00 per square foot

Requires an all-electric building without a natural gas meter and without gas plumbing in the building. Maximum $25,000 (pending budget availability).

Equipment menu

Choose equipment that meets SMUD specifications and receive up to $50,000 in incentives. Details:

  • Best for smaller or less complex buildings
  • Incentives are based on simple equipment choices
  • SMUD involvement must begin early or there must be evidence of intent to purchase traditional, natural-gas equipment prior to awareness of the program

Commercial storage heat pump  $4,000 per commercial storage electric heat pump water heater   HVAC  $500 to $550 per ton of heat pump HVAC, depending on efficiency
 Electric heat pump water heater $3,000 per residential commercial-grade electric heat pump water heater    Induction cooktop burner $450 per hob/burner for induction cooktops (food service only)

 

Bonus:  $1.00 per square foot

Requires an all-electric building without a natural gas meter and without gas plumbing in the building. Maximum $25,000 (pending budget availability).

 

For the owner

  • Better for the environment
  • Improve market appeal to sustainably-minded tenants
  • Financial incentives for efficient designs
  • Straight-forward program requirements
  • Potential reduction of infrastructure costs

For the design team

  • No-cost assistance and training in electric technologies
  • Preparation for future local or statewide code changes that require electrification

For the occupant

  • Reduced energy bills and operating costs
  • Reduce or eliminate natural gas bills and onsite combustion
  • Greater convenience, safety, health and control with efficient electric technology