Builder Incentives

Our ENERGY STAR® New Homes program offers cash incentives to contractors who build energy-efficient homes. Valuable incentives exist for numerous energy-saving measures and upgrades.

Single-family incentives and construction requirements

Tier/Measure Equipment ENERGY STAR 2.0 Incentive
Tier 1 Meet ENERGY STAR 2.0 specifications including performance-based duct sealing, air conditioner equipment minimum standard of SEER 13, A/C commissioning, performance testing, correct sizing, best practices installation and the thermal bypass checklist; Plus installation of CFLs in 50% of all light sockets***. $250
Tier 2 Meet ENERGY STAR 2.0 specifications including performance-based duct sealing, air conditioner equipment minimum standard of SEER 13, A/C commissioning, performance testing, correct sizing, best practices installation and the thermal bypass checklist; Plus installation of CFLs in 75% of all light sockets***. $300
Tier 3** Meet Federal Tax Credit Home requirements including ENERGY STAR envelope, performance-based duct sealing, A/C commissioning, performance testing, correct sizing, best practices installation air conditioner equipment upgrade to SEER 15, the thermal bypass checklist; Plus installation of CFLs in 90% of all light sockets*** and .30 U-value windows. $800
Plus Measure* 14 SEER HVAC equipment with correct sizing and best practices installation (available for Tiers 1 & 2 only). $100
Plus Measure* Duct placement inside conditioned space. $100
Plus Measure* Installation of a single vent evaporative cooling system. $400
Plus Measure* Installation of premium evaporative cooling system. $750
Plus Measure* Installation of whole house fan system. $200
Plus Measure* Installation of an Energy Star dishwasher. $10
Plus Measure* Lighting upgrade to 90% ENERGY STAR CFLs (Tier 1 only – from base of 50% CFLs). $75
Plus Measure* Lighting upgrade of an ENERGY STAR Fixture(s). $50 per unit
Plus Measure* ENERGY STAR ceiling fan with "Gossamer" blade design. $75
GSHP Option**** Meet ENERGY STAR specification including well-based ground source heat pump where natural gas is not available at property line. $2,000

1. * Plus measures must be installed in conjunction with a qualifying Tier 1 or 2 or GSHP Option home to be eligible for incentives.

2. ** Tier 3 homes are not eligible for Plus Measure incentives.

3. *** All lighting requirements in Tier 1, 2 and 3 are interior and exterior combined for both Single Family and Multi Family.

4. **** Incentives for GSHP will only be available if natural gas is not available at the property line.

5. All compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) must be ENERGY STAR qualified to be eligible for incentives.

 

Multi-Family incentives and construction requirements

Tier/Measure Equipment ENERGY STAR 2.0 Incentive
Multi-Family Tier 1 For 5-12 contiguous units: Meet ENERGY STAR 2.0 specifications including performance-based duct sealing, air conditioner equipment minimum standard of SEER 13**, A/C equipment commissioning, performance testing, correct sizing, best practices installation and the thermal bypass checklist; plus installation of CFLs in 50% of all light sockets, ENERGY STAR appliance package (dishwasher, washer, refrigerator where permanently installed). $300
Multi-Family Tier 2 For 13 or more contiguous units: Meet ENERGY STAR 2.0 specifications including performance-based duct sealing, air conditioner equipment minimum standard of SEER 13**, A/C equipment commissioning, performance testing, correct sizing, best practices installation and the thermal bypass checklist; plus installation of CFLs in 50% of all light sockets, ENERGY STAR appliance package (dishwasher, washer, refrigerator where permanently installed). $200
Plus Measure* Lighting Upgrade to 90% ENERGY STAR CFLs (from base of 50% CFLs). $35
Plus Measure* 14 SEER*** HVAC equipment with correct sizing and best practices installation. $100

1. * Plus measures must be installed in conjunction with the Multi-Family Tiers package to be eligible for incentives.

2. ** Packaged Terminal Air Conditioning (PTAC) units which exceed federal minimum standards of 10.0 may be substituted for SEER 13 AC units in Tiers 1 and 2.

3. *** Packaged Terminal Air Conditioning (PTAC) units which exceed federal minimum standards of 11.5 may be substituted for SEER 14 A/C units.

4. All compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) must be ENERGY STAR qualified to be eligible for incentives.