NYSERDA - Energy Star Home Builders (New York)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place New York

Name NYSERDA - Energy Star Home Builders
Incentive Type Industry Recruitment/Support
Applicable Sector Construction, Installer/Contractor
Eligible Technologies Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector State/Territory
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs
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)

Start Date 2012-01-01
Expiration Date 2015-12-31 (current solicitation)

Funding Source System Benefits Charge (SBC); Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS)

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

Program Budget $33.3 million (January 1, 2012 - December 31, 2015)

Terms Work must be performed by a New York ENERGY STAR Home Program Partner
Program Administrator New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Website http://www.nyserda.ny.gov/BusinessAreas/Energy-Efficiency-and-Renewable-Programs/Residential/Builder-Contractor/New-Construction/Certified-Homes/Support-and-Incentives.aspx
Date added to DSIRE 2005-06-16
Last DSIRE Review 2013-01-03
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE

References DSIRE[1]


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 and Electric Corporation, Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc., New York State Electric and Gas Corporation, National Fuel Gas, National Grid, Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc., Rochester Gas and 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.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Public Information Officer - New York Energy Star Homes
Department New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Division Attn: Nicole Angels
Address 17 Columbia Circle

Place Albany, New York
Zip/Postal Code 12203
Phone (518) 207-4500

Website http://www.nyserda.ny.gov/
Contact Name Patrick Fitzgerald
Department New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

Address 17 Columbia Circle

Place Albany, New York
Zip/Postal Code 12203
Phone (518) 862-1090 Ext.3385
Phone 2 (866) 697-3732
Fax (518) 862-1091
Email pgf@nyserda.ny.gov
Website http://www.nyserda.ny.gov/

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"