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What the Program Offers

What NYSERDA offers to Builders of New York ENERGY STAR® Certified Homes

Builders of New York ENERGY STAR Certified Homes receive access to a variety of program support and incentives. We’ll provide the resources to assist you with every phase of planning, construction, performance testing and marketing outreach.

Financial Incentives

Becoming a New York ENERGY STAR Certified Homes builder is a rewarding experience. In addition to helping you build a better product, it can also add to your earning potential through financial incentives. As a program participant, you may qualify to earn:

  • Base incentive $1,250 upstate; $1,500 in Con Ed territory; OR $3,000 for a Model or Display Home

  • Up to $750 per dwelling for use of appropriately credentialed subcontractors
  • $500 per dwelling unit offered for income-eligible occupancy
  • Various other federal tax incentives

For a complete list of financial incentives available through the New York ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Program, please refer to Program Opportunity Notice (PON) 2309 [PDF].

Technical Assistance

Home Energy Raters provide energy-efficiency strategies and performance testing for new residential construction projects. Home Energy Raters play an integral part in the ENERGY STAR process. You can count on your Rater to provide:

  • Individualized plan reviews and technical advice
  • Customized energy rating certificates, including an estimate of each homes' annual utility bills
  • On-site building performance testing to evaluate home energy performance, air leakage, and health and safety issues

In addition to your Home Energy Rater, your HVAC contractor must be affiliated with a Quality Installation Training and Oversight Organization (H-QUITO). Please view Step #5 under the How to Become a NYES Certified Home Builder Section.

Marketing and Sales Support

Gain recognition as a quality builder and show potential homeowners why you are the right choice for the job. Educate and enlighten them about the energy-saving features and benefits of New York ENERGY STAR Certified Homes. We’ll give you the resources to help — and at no cost to you. These resources include:

  • Program advertising, including television, radio, and newspapers
  • Special events, public relations support, and media outreach
  • Co-operative advertising funds of up to $100,000
  • Model Home Branding Kits, including educational displays
  • Customer education and sales tools, and marketing training
Last Updated: 05/21/2013