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Efficient Housing Construction Grant   

Last DSIRE Review: 02/09/2015
Program Overview:
State: Illinois
Incentive Type: State Grant Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Clothes Washers, Dishwasher, Refrigerators, Ceiling Fan, Water Heaters, Lighting, Furnaces , Boilers, Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Caulking/Weather-stripping, Duct/Air sealing, Building Insulation, Windows, Whole House Fans, Exhaust fans, LED Lighting
Applicable Sectors: Low-Income Residential
Amount:Varies based on housing type and size
Maximum Incentive:Varies based on housing type and size
Equipment Requirements:Construction must meet DCEO energy standards laid out in program guidelines
Funding Source:Energy Efficiency Trust Fund and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard
Start Date:05/19/2006
Expiration Date:12/12/2015
Web Site:
Authority 1:
Date Effective:
Expiration Date:
ยง 20 ILCS 687/6-6 et seq.

The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) provides grants through the Energy Efficient Affordable Housing Construction Program. Under this program, grants are provided to Illinois based non-profit and for-profit housing developers to include energy efficient building practices in the rehab or new construction of affordable housing units. This grant helps offset the incremental cost of going from typical construction to energy-efficient construction. Applications are available on the program web site above.

Projects must be targeted at households at or below 80% Average Median Income (AMI). Pre-application meetings are encouraged. Maximum grant amounts are as follows:


  • Single Family: $4,650/unit
  • Multi-Family Buildings <80 units: $4.60/square foot of living space or $4,650, whichever is less
  • Multi-Family Building >80 units: $4.35/square foot of living space or $4,650, whichever is less

New Construction:

  • Single Family: $4,150/living unit
  • Duplex: $6,700/duplex
  • 3-flat: $7,800/building
  • 4-flat: $8,900/building
  • 6-flat: $11,500/building
  • Multi-Family, <80 units: $4.35/square foot of living space
  • Multi-Family, >80 units: $4.10/square foot of living space

First implemented in 1988, the program has an average energy savings range from 50% to 75%.

  Don Falls
Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity
Illinois Energy Office
500 East Monroe Street
Springfield, IL 62701-1643
Phone: (217) 785-1997
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