Design Assistance Program

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

Financial Incentive Program

Place Wisconsin

Name Design Assistance Program
Incentive Type State Rebate Program
Applicable Sector Commercial, Construction, Industrial, Installer/Contractor, Multi-Family Residential
Eligible Technologies Boilers, Building Insulation, Caulking/Weather-stripping, Chillers, Compressed air, Custom/Others pending approval, Furnaces, Heat pumps, Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Roofs, Siding, Water Heaters, Windows, Whole House Fans, Evaporative Coolers, Unspecified technologies, Daylighting, Cool Roofs, Tankless Water Heaters
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs, Renewable Energy Incentive Programs
Amount Design: $0.012 - $0.015/kWh saved

Construction: $0.09/kWh saved and $0.55/therm saved

Eligible System Size Building must be at least 5,000 square feet for common building types

All other building types must be at least 50,000 square feet

Equipment Requirements Must meet Focus on Energy's standards for energy efficiency

Funding Source Focus On Energy Program


References Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency[1]


The Focus on Energy Design Assistance Program provides design professionals, builders and developers of new buildings with whole building energy analysis tools. The program offers incentives to reduce the upfront cost of measures that increase the efficiency of commercial, industrial, and multi-family buildings (4 or more units) that exceed Wisconsin codes and standards. Design teams are eligible to receive incentives between $0.012 per kilowatt-hour (kWh) saved to $0.015 per kWh saved. After construction, building owners are eligible for incentives based on projected energy savings: $0.09 per kWh and $0.55 per therm. Eligible measures will be customized for each project, but measures may include:

  • Improved wall assembly
  • Improved roof assembly
  • Improved window/glazed assembly
  • Automated day lighting controls
  • Other lighting controls
  • Lighting design to reduce lighting power densities
  • HVAC system improvements
  • Fan and pump improvements
  • Conditioning of outside air strategies
  • Service water heating improvements

Efficiency measures that are not eligible under this program may be eligible for other Focus on Energy business programs. Eligible buildings include free-standing buildings, adaptive reuse, substantial renovations, and major additions to existing buildings. Please note that customer eligibility for Focus on Energy incentives is based on utility participation; interested individuals and companies should check the list of participating Wisconsin electric and natural gas utilities to confirm their eligibility. Interested design teams and building owners should visit the program web site to begin the enrollment process.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Focus on Energy
Department Focus on Energy
Address 1 S Pinckney St., Suite 340
Place Madison, Wisconsin
Zip/Postal Code 53703
Phone (800) 762-7077


  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


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