Building for the future: maximize your investment in sustainability

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St. Croix Valley Business Innovation Center

1091 Sutherland Ave

River Falls, WI 54022

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Includes a tour of the St. Croix Valley Business Innovation Center

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A new construction project is the ideal time to design and build for energy efficiency while considering a more sustainable and resilient future for a community. Take a moment from your fast-paced daily grind, join us for lunch, and learn about the New Construction Design Assistance programs available to building owners and design firms.

Are you a property manager, building owner, or community stakeholder and want to learn more about capital assistance that can be leveraged for your next project? Is your architectural firm taking advantage of financial incentives and expert technical assistance available from local utilities and energy efficiency programs?

WPPI Energy, with their 51 locally owned member utilities including River Falls Utilities, New Richmond Utilities, and Focus on Energy both offer a New Construction Design Assistance program that empowers building owners and design teams to achieve high performance buildings. Whether your project is large or small, public or private, it could qualify for cash incentives and technical guidance to help you reach your energy efficiency goals.

This lunch and learn will provide an overview of new construction programs that are currently available for new projects and gut renovations in River Falls, New Richmond, and surrounding areas. Don’t leave money on the table and ensure that your project reaches its full sustainable design potential.

BUILDING TOUR: St. Croix Valley Business Innovation Center

Attendees are invited to a building tour accompanied by WPPI Energy and Focus on Energy immediately following the presentation. Learn more about this exciting new project.


1. Identify energy efficiency opportunities in new construction and major renovation projects.

2. Explain technical assistance such as energy modeling offered for high performance buildings.

3. Learn how the building owner and design team can also be eligible for financial incentives.

4. Identify project eligibility and participation timeline.

5. Discuss how the St. Croix Valley Business Innovation Center took advantage of new construction design assistance programs to achieve a high performance and more sustainable building.


11:30 a.m. - Registration and lunch

Noon – 1 p.m. - Program

• Welcome – WPPI Energy

• Overview of WPPI Energy Design Assistance Program

• Overview of Focus on Energy Design Assistance Program

• Identify energy efficiency opportunities in new construction and major renovations

• Explain financial incentives available for your project

• Learn about technical assistance to support your team

1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Tour of the St. Croix Valley Business Innovation Center


Building owners, developers, architects, engineers, contractors, government officials, city stakeholders and anyone with interest in designing and constructing high-performance commercial, industrial and multifamily buildings.


Please note that in order to receive continuing education credits, you must be present for the entire training; partial credit cannot be given.

AIA Members of the American Institute of Architects will receive 1 LU for this instructor-led face-to-face course. This is an introductory level course and expires 9.16.2022. Questions about AIA credits should be directed to Lonna Berg at 608.210.7157 or Click on the following link to read our AIA CES Provider statement:

Credits are approved for the presentation only; they are not available for the tour.


Erikka Byrge, LEED AP, Program Manager, Slipstream

Jeff Glover, Focus on Energy

Molly Ryan, Focus on Energy


  • Jim Schwingle, PE, CEM, Energy Services Representative, WPPI Energy

Early registration is encouraged. There is no cost to attend, but space is limited.




Questions? Please see our FAQ page, email or call 608.210.7103.

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