Planning Your Project

NW Natural engineers are available to help design your building for natural gas service and make the process quick and easy.

To get started, schedule a meeting with one of our engineers or sales team members to discuss the amenities that best suit the units you plan to build. Then, we can run those units through our proprietary renter-preference simulator to reveal the estimated renter preference for the gas configuration you are considering.

Gas availability

NW Natural will assist in determining whether natural gas is available for your project. This may also include calculating the additional cost, if any, that will be paid by the builder to have natural gas lines extended to your project.

Planning process

NW Natural Channel Managers and engineers will assist the builder, architect or engineer in evaluating the feasibility of utilizing natural gas for your multifamily project. This may include assistance in calculating operating and first cost analysis versus other fuels.

Design assistance

We will assist in laying out the natural gas system for your project. NW Natural will advise on meter placement, code compliance, pipe sizing and locating new/existing gas services on the site plan. We will also advise on the latest gas technologies for potential use in a project.

Cost to serve project

We will perform an internal feasibility analysis that will estimate the cost to serve the project versus the anticipated revenues that will accrue from the project.

Based on this analysis, NW Natural will determine whether the gas service can be provided to the project free of charge or whether it will be necessary for the builder to contribute to the project to offset some of the cost of service installation.

Feasibility analysis

We will assist in performing simple payback or life cycle cost analysis on your project.