Under the Net Zero residential construction program, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development offers loans for builders, developers and homeowners to construct of rehabilitate residential buildings to energy efficient standards.
Net Zero homes features may include advanced energy efficient design and technology and renewable energy resources. Proceeds may be used for acquisition of a project, construction and development costs, and closing costs. The program requires applicants to obtain a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) score of 50 or lower.
Financing is available through low interest construction loans to builders, developers or owners, or as loan enhancements for private construction loans. The loan to value requirement is up to 90%.
Eligible projects include new construction and deep energy retrofits of existing homes. All applicants must be properly zoned for residential use and constructed in accordance with all applicable Local, State and Federal building codes. Applicants must be qualified to do business in Maryland and have the legal capacity and all necessary authorization to incur the obligation of the loan. Applicants must demonstrate credit worthiness and repayment ability acceptable to the Department.
The goal of this program is to support the adoption of Net Zero construction techniques in Maryland.