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NYSERDA - Energy Star Home Builders

Maximum Rebate 

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 Info
Funding Source 

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

Start Date 


Expiration Date 


New York
Program Type 
Industry Recruitment/Support
Rebate 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)

New York State Energy Research and Development Authority

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.