New Construction & Major Alterations

The California Energy Design Assistance (CEDA) program offers a unique opportunity for colleges to build sustainable, comfortable, energy-efficient buildings.

Campuses face increasing pressure to provide safe and clean environments for staff and students. Does your district have a new building or major alteration on the horizon? Now is the perfect time to enroll in CEDA. We’ll reduce energy consumption in your building designs and provide financial incentives for energy efficiency projects.

Program Benefits

  • Complimentary Energy Design Assistance
  • Lifecycle Energy Savings
  • Financial Incentives


Project Eligibility

  • In early design phases
  • Located in a Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E®), SCE®, SoCalGas®, or SDG&E® service territory with an eligible rate structure

  • Project team commitment to evaluating energy efficiency options

  • New construction or a major alteration

Major alterations must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • A change in space function (building or space occupancy type)

  • >30% change in design occupancy (sq.ft./person)

  • >10% increase in conditioned floor area (sq.ft.)

  • Any expansion or addition of substantial process or conditioning load to an existing facility


Common Energy Efficiency Measures


Heat Pump Water Heaters

Delivers higher energy savings than resistance point-of-use water heaters and is a great fuel substitution measure compared to traditional gas- fired water heaters.


Air-to-Water Heat Pumps

Enables heat to be transferred in a closed loop system, providing heating/cooling across building spaces. Modular system requires less installation space than rooftop unit.


VRF* Systems

Provides simultaneous heating/cooling and heat recovery, consuming less energy than traditional heat pumps. Modular system requires less room for installation (reduces ductwork) and handles larger facilities than air-to-water heat pumps.
*Variable Refrigerant Flow


Enhanced Glazing

Products such as gas-filled panes, non-metal frames, and double/triple glazing deliver savings while maintaining building aesthetics.


Heat Recovery Chillers

Great for large campuses with central plants looking to reduce load on gas boilers. Provides both hot and cold water to distribution loops. Sometimes requires changes to heating coils for lower hot water temperatures.


High-Efficacy Lighting

Lighting power density reduction strategies that deliver the same lumens while consuming less energy. Fixtures must be DLC-listed. Reduces building consumption as much as possible prior to considering any renewable energy production strategies.


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