New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program offers the Residential New Construction Program to incentivize the construction of new homes that meet standards for the following: IECC 2015, EPA ENERGY STAR Certified New Homes, Multifamily High-Rise and the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Program. The program provides a range of financial incentives depending on the energy efficiency of the homes. Both single family and multifamily buildings are eligible for the program.
The Program offers builders flexibility and options to participate in the program by building homes to varying standards or guidelines. In all cases, the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index is used to calculate the home’s energy efficiency achieved and to determine the cash rebate the builder will earn. The three standards are outlined below:
ENERGY STAR Certified Home v 3.1 Requirements:
Builders can choose to construct a home in conformance with ENERGY STAR v 3.1 specifications and can earn the ENERGY STAR certification for the home. In this case, the rater will score the home’s performance using the HERS rating system. The home must meet or exceed the ENERGY STAR HERS Index Target and comply with all ENERGY STAR v 3.1 mandated requirements and checklists.
Zero Energy Ready Home & Zero Energy Home + RE
Builders can choose to build the home in conformance with the DOE Zero Energy Ready Home specification, which are above ENERGY STAR v3.1 specification, meet or exceed the 2018 IECC insulation level, and certify to EPA’s Indoor airPLUS Program. The program also has a Zero Energy Ready Home 100% Renewables offering, whereby 100% of the building’s modeled electric site energy usage must be met by renewable energy systems installed onsite at the time of completion of the home.
ENERGY STAR Multi-Family High Rise
Builders must meet or exceed EPA ENERGY STAR Multifamily New Construction (MFNC) Program standards, including following a Performance Path that utilizes either HERS or ASHRAE-approved energy modeling to determine energy savings of a customized set of measures.
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. Details of this structure are available on the program website. Please contact the program administrator for more information.