The Commercial Building Incentive Program (CBIP), established in April 1998, provides financial incentives to builders and developers to incorporate energy-efficient technologies and practices into the design and construction of new commercial, institutional and multi-unit residential buildings. To qualify for the incentive, buildings must be at least 25% more efficient than buildings that meet the requirements of the Model National Energy Code for Buildings (MNECB). CBIP provides a one-time grant equal to twice the difference in estimated annual energy costs between an approved CBIP design and an MNECB design, up to a maximum of CAD 80,000. In addition to financial incentives, CBIP provides design software and guidelines, case studies and training for architects and engineers. The Commercial Building Incentive Programme was expanded, as from 1 April 1999, to include multi-unit residential buildings and double the number of projects eligible for funding.