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New Homes Incentive Program

Last Review: 2013-01-14
Incentive Type: State Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Water Heaters, Furnaces, Heat pumps, Duct/Air sealing, Building Insulation, Windows, Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Solar Water Heat, Photovoltaics, Geothermal Heat Pumps
Applicable Sectors: Residential
Incentive Amount: Varies based on number of energy efficient measures installed; can range from 250 to 4,400
Equipment Requirements: Equipment receiving incentive must exceed code and equipment receiving incentive must not be used to meet code
Website: http://energytrust.org/trade-ally/programs/new-homes/

Summary:

Energy Trust's New Homes Program offers builders cash incentives for energy efficient measures included in new homes, where the measures exceed the building code. Lighting upgrades, whole home performance upgrades, higher levels of insulation, high-efficiency equipment, better windows, air sealing and solar systems are eligible for incentives under this offering. The more energy-efficient a home is above code, the more incentives a builder can qualify for. See the program overview for a sample of some of the incentives available.

Most incentives are based on a home's Energy Performance Score (EPS), a measurement tool that assesses a home's energy consumption, estimated utility costs and carbon impact. The EPS allows builders to clearly demonstrate how efficient the home is beyond code and helps homebuyers compare homes based on energy costs and efficiency. The EPS can work with any certification, such as ENERGY STAR, Earth Advantage, LEED and Oregon High Performance Homes.

It is recommended that builders contact Energy Trust during the design stage.  In order to receive an EPS and an incentive, the home must be inspected by a third party verifier before drywall is installed.  If the building plans are set or construction has just begun, Energy Trust will provide free project modeling using the home plans.

Energy Trust only offers incentives for homes within Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural, and Cascade Natural Gas service territories in Oregon.


Contact:
New Homes Program
Energy Trust of Oregon
100 SW Main Street, Suite 1600

Portland, OR 97204
Phone:(877) 283-0698 Ext.
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Email: newhomes@energytrust.org
Web site: http://energytrust.org/trade-ally/programs/new-homes/EPS-for-builders

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