The New Homes Program with ENERGY STAR is intended to increase energy efficiency in new home construction. In order to earn the ENERGY STAR designation, a home must meet guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. According to the Energy Star web site, "these homes are at least 15% more energy efficient than homes built to the 2004 International Residential Coded (IRC) and include energy-saving features that typically make them 20-30% more efficient than standard homes."
In order to achieve ENERGY STAR designation, an independent Home Energy Rating System (HERS) developed by the Residential Energy Services Network is utilized to score a new house. The HERS rater then conducts on-site inspections of the constructed home, typically including a blower door test and a duct test, to ensure the house meets ENERGY STAR performance requirements, or meets ENERGY STAR prescriptive requirements, and to identify any energy efficiency improvements required to meet ENERGY STAR guidelines.
To help builders with the costs associated with an independent HERS rating, the New Homes Program with ENERGY STAR would reimburse builders for actual HERS inspection and rating costs up to $500 per home. In addition, additional financial incentives for energy efficient air conditioners, heat pumps, and electric water heaters would be available in lieu of existing rebates which would normally be offered under the Independence Power & Light residential rebate program.
For new homes that achieve the ENERGY STAR rating, builders may request the following financial incentives through NHPES, using IPL provided incentive applications: Up to $500 per home for defraying the cost of the HERS inspection and certification.
To help pay a portion of the incremental cost of meeting ENERGY STAR standards, either
New homes receiving any of the incentive provisions through ESNHP will not be eligible for any other existing IPL residential air conditioner, heat pump or electric water heater rebates.
To download the complete program rules and the application, click here.
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