New Jersey Smart Start Buildings
A smart start now means better performance later! Whether you’re starting a commercial or industrial project from the ground up, renovating existing space, or upgrading equipment, you have unique opportunities to upgrade the energy efficiency of the project. New Jersey SmartStart Buildings can provide a range of support — at no cost to you — to yield substantial energy savings, both now and for the future.
Submit your project application form as soon as you know you will be doing a construction project, or replacing/adding equipment.
Smart-Growth Eligibility: Check to make sure your project is eligible for incentives.
Incentives for new construction are available only for projects in areas designated for growth in the NJ State Development and Redevelopment Plan. Public school (K-12) new construction projects are exempted from this restriction and are eligible for incentives throughout the State.
Customers, or their trade allies, can determine if a location is in a designated growth area by referring to the Smart Growth Site Evaluator Tool available from the HMFA website. Contact a program representative if you are uncertain about project eligibility. The Smart Growth policies will be implemented consistent with Board Orders as described more fully in the C&I Operational Procedure Manual.
Apply for pre-approval by submitting an application for the type of equipment you have chosen to install. The application should be accompanied by a related worksheet, where applicable, and a manufacturer’s specification sheet (refer to the specific program requirements on the back of the application for specs needed for your project) for the equipment you are planning to install. (Program representatives will review your application package and approve it, reject it, and/or advise you of upgrades in equipment that will save energy costs and/or increase your incentives.)