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ENERGY STAR Homes Program

Last Review: 2013-01-25
Incentive Type: State Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Lighting, Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Applicable Sectors: Residential
Incentive Amount: Varies by efficiency level and type of residence
Equipment Requirements: Meets Energy Star specifications
Website: http://www.njcleanenergy.com/njesh

Summary:

Note: The Smart Growth requirement for incentive eligibility has been removed in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy, for projects enrolled from October 29, 2012 - June 30, 2013. Please see the program web site for further details, including a list of affected zip codes.

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, in conjunction with New Jersey utilities, offers the ENERGY STAR Homes Program. The program provides incentives to builders who construct homes that are more efficient than homes built to the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). In order to achieve this classification, a home must score 85 or less vs. IECC 2006 or 75 or less vs. IECC 2009 on the Home Energy Rating Scale (HERS). New homes and gut rehabs of existing homes throughout the state can qualify for the ENERGY STAR home designation and incentives; however, new homes must be located designated New Jersey Smart Growth areas in order to qualify. An exception to this rule exists in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy, for projects enrolled from October 29, 2012 - June 30, 2013.

The incentive structure offers the builder varying incentive amounts based on the type of residence (single-family, townhouse, and multi-family) and the level of energy efficiency that the home achieves compared to a reference home. Some details of this structure, as applicable for the 2013 program year (effective February 15, 2013), are described below.

NJ Energy Efficient Homes: For single family homes, $1,250 - $3,000 depending on HERS rating using IECC 2006 as a base or $1,250 - $2,500 depending on HERS rating using IECC 2009 as a base. Multi-single units (e.g., townhomes) receive 75% of the single-family incentive level and multi-family units receive 50% of the single family incentive level. For applications received prior to February 15, 2013, incentives are higher by $250 per each 5-point HERS rating increment (i.e., using IECC 2006 as a base, single family homes may receive an incentive of $1,500 - $3,250).

Energy Star New Homes Version 3.0: For single family homes, $2,250 - $4,000 depending on HERS rating using IECC 2006 as a base or $2,250 - $3,500 depending on HERS rating using IECC 2009 as a base. Multi-single units (e.g., townhomes) receive 75% of the single-family incentive level and multi-family units receive 50% of the single family incentive level. For applications received prior to February 15, 2013, incentives are higher by $250 per each 5-point HERS rating increment (i.e., using IECC 2006 as a base, single family homes may receive an incentive of $2,500 - $4,250).

New Jersey Climate Choice: For highly efficient homes with customized performance measures. Incentives are calculated for each building type on the basis of a standard incentive ($4,000 - $10,000) for achieving a HERS score of 50 (compared to IECC 2006), plus an additional incentive ($400 - $800 per index point) for each point below. Maximum incentives range from $12,000 for multi-family units to $26,000 for single family units in this tier.

Energy Star Multi-family High Rise: For multi-family buildings of 3 stories or more, $1,000 per qualifying unit

The HERS index scores described above are calculated before the inclusion of any on-site renewable energy generating systems. An ENERGY STAR rated home is required to have at least three ENERGY STAR labeled hard-wired lighting fixtures. Effective January 28, 2008 building owners of all multi-family new construction units must apply for a receive a Tax Clearance Certificate from the New Jersey Division of Taxation in order to be eligible for financial assistance under this program. The objective of this new requirement is to ensure that all recipients of taxpayer funded support are in full compliance with their state tax obligations.

For more information, visit the program website or call (856) 797-0011 and follow the voice prompts for the New Jersey Energy Star Homes Program.


Contact:
New Jersey ENERGY STAR® Homes
New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program™
Attention NJESH Program C/O Honeywell
Suite E - 5 East Stow Road
Marlton, NJ 08053
Phone:(856) 797-0011 Ext.
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Email: RNCNJCEP@Honeywell.com
Web site: http://www.njcleanenergy.com/njesh

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