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NYSERDA - ENERGY STAR Home Builders   

Last DSIRE Review: 01/03/2013
Program Overview:
State: New York
Incentive Type: Industry Recruitment/Support
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Applicable Sectors: Construction, Installer/Contractor
Amount:General Builder Home Incentive (BHI): $1,250 (upstate); $1,500 (downstate)
Model Home: $3,000
Display Home: $2,500
First Plan Review/Rating: $200 - $500
Quality Installer (envelope, insulation, air sealing): $250
Quality Installer (primary heating): $250
Quality Installer (primary cooling): $250
Owner Incentive (affordable housing): $500 per unit
HERS Provider Incentive: $75 per unit
Cooperative Advertising Incentives: 25% or 50% of expenditures (depending on content)
Maximum Incentive:Cooperative Advertising Incentive: $5,000 (1-9 homes); $50,000 (10 - 49 homes); $100,000 (50+ homes)
Other Incentives: determined by standardized incentive schedule
Terms:Work must be performed by a New York ENERGY STAR Home Program Partner
Funding Source:System Benefits Charge (SBC); Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS)
Program Budget:$33.3 million (January 1, 2012 - December 31, 2015)
Start Date:01/01/2012 (current solicitation)
Expiration Date:12/31/2015
Web Site:

NYSERDA offers a program to encourage more industry involvement in the building of ENERGY STAR rated Homes. Incentives are available for newly constructed residential dwellings of 3 stories or less that are located with the service territory of an electric or natural gas utility that collects the System Benefits Charge (SBC) or the Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS) surcharge. The utility service territories which currently meet this requirement are as follows: Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation, Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc., New York State Electric & Gas Corporation, National Fuel Gas, National Grid, Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc., Rochester Gas & Electric Corporation.

When a builder is certified as an ENERGY STAR Home Builder and builds a home to ENERGY STAR Standards, the builder is eligible for a direct cash incentive of $1,250 to $1,500. The actual level of the incentive depends on where it is located with an additional $250 incentive available for homes within the "downstate" region of the state. The downstate region is comprised of the five New York City counties, Westchester county and certain locations on Long Island. Larger incentives are available for display homes ($2,500) and model homes ($3,000), although the downstate bonus is not available for display and model homes. Bonuses are available for insulation, primary heating system, and primary cooling system installations completed by BPI-accredited professionals employed at a BPI-accredited firm. Home energy rating providers are eligible for an incentive of $75 per dwelling unit for the provision of various services. Homeowners and building owners are eligible for an affordable housing incentive of up to $500 per dwelling unit where the occupant or expected occupants meet affordable housing income eligibility criteria. Builders and other program contractors may also be reimbursed for a portion of their expenses associated with advertising campaigns for New York Energy Star Homes (see program web site for details).

Further specifications, including information on becoming a partner builder, minimum home performance standards, and contact information for regional account managers (organized by county), is available on the program website.

  Public Information Officer - New York Energy Star Homes
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Attn: Nicole Angels
17 Columbia Circle
Albany, NY 12203
Phone: (518) 207-4500
Web Site:
  Patrick Fitzgerald
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
17 Columbia Circle
Albany, NY 12203-6399
Phone: (518) 862-1090 Ext.3385
Phone 2: (866) 697-3732
Fax: (518) 862-1091
Web Site:
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Disclaimer: The information presented on the DSIRE web site provides an unofficial overview of financial incentives and other policies. It does not constitute professional tax advice or other professional financial guidance, and it should not be used as the only source of information when making purchasing decisions, investment decisions or tax decisions, or when executing other binding agreements. Please refer to the individual contact provided below each summary to verify that a specific financial incentive or other policy applies to your project.

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