Savings By Design (SBD) Resources for Energy-Efficient New Construction

Savings By Design is a statewide program offered by PG&E to encourage high-performance new building design and construction for commercial buildings. The program offers building owners and their design teams a wide range of services, such as Design Assistance, Design Team Incentives, Owner Incentives, and educational resources such as Energy Design Resources (EDR) and Zero Net Energy.

Savings By Design offers these services for customized new construction projects that exceed California's Title 24 energy efficiency standards.

Contact your PG&E account manager early in the design process of your project to identify available funding, receive program information specific to your project needs, and enhance your project's overall energy efficiency potential.

The program, administered by California's four investor-owned utilities under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), offers owners and their design teams a variety of services. For more information about the program, visit the statewide Savings By Design site or review the SBD Participant Handbook (PDF, 552 KB).

  • The facility must be located in the PG&E service territory and will receive service from PG&E upon completion.
  • Review the Participant Handbook (PDF, 552 KB) for detailed eligibility requirements
  • The project must be at a point where design changes are feasible, preferably in the conceptual or schematic design phase.

ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible for incentives, a project application must be submitted to PG&E. The energy savings and incentives are estimates only and PG&E finalizes the incentive amounts after project completion. The actual incentive amount may therefore vary from the pre-construction estimated amount.

Complete and mail an application to your PG&E representative or mail it to the address on the application. Contact us early in the schematic design phase to determine energy efficient opportunities for your project.

Application Package

Contact Us

  • If you have specific questions regarding these programs contact the Savings By Design team at (415) 973-3803 or by email.

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