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Residential New Construction

With rebates up to $9,000, we make it easier than ever to build energy-efficient homes. Our Residential New Construction Program provides generous cash incentives to builders and developers who build new energy-efficient homes and multi-family residences in our service territory.

  Whole-House Eligibility Requirement Incentive
HERO  Meet 2012 NCECC HERO  standards $750
HERO plus HERS Score  Meet HERO standards and submit confirmed
annual kWh savings from the Energy Summary Report.

  Equipment Incentive Description Incentive
Tier 1  AC or heat pump with SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) of 14 or greater
but less than 15. The HVAC system must meet the Quality Installation Standard
of 90%. High-Efficiency Heat Pumps: The unit(s) shall be a minimum SEER of
14 with ECM.High-Efficiency Central AC: The unit(s) shall be a minimum
SEER of 14 with ECM.
Tier 2  AC or heat pump with SEER of 15 or greater. $300 
  Quality Installation Standard (Optional for Tier 2).  $75
HPWH  ENERGY STAR qualified HPWH(s) with minimum
Energy Factor of 2.0.

Program overview

Builders can choose to participate in one of two incentive options:
  • Equipment Incentives up to $725 per home for installing specific high-efficiency equipment such as water heaters and cooling systems.
  • Whole-house Incentives up to $9,000 per home based on the High Efficiency Residential Option (HERO) code. (The HERO code is an optional part of the 2012 North Carolina Energy Conservation Code.) This option offers incentives starting at $750 for meeting the HERO code. Builders pursuing this option who also have their homes HERS rated are eligible for rebates up to $9,000 based on the amount of kilowatt hours (kWh) saved.
In addition, builders who meet or exceed the HERO code will be given the option of offering a Heating and Cooling Energy Usage Limited Guarantee to homebuyers. The guarantee is an effective marketing tool for relaying the home’s improved energy efficiency to prospective buyers.

Applications can include measures completed in 2015 as long as builders meet all program requirements and comply with the following dates: For equipment incentives, builders must provide an equipment installation invoice dated after July 1, 2015. For whole-house incentives, builders must provide a HERS certificate dated after July 1, 2015.

All incentive processing, quality assurance and participating builder education/training will be managed by the program implementer, ICF International.

Download our Builder Program Overview flyer.

Frequently Asked Questions

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