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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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Massachusetts New Homes with ENERGY STAR   

Last DSIRE Review: 12/10/2014
Program Overview:
State: Massachusetts
Incentive Type: State Rebate Program
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Lighting, Programmable Thermostats, Duct/Air sealing, Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, High Efficiency HVAC and DHW, WaterSense Fixtures, Low Air Infiltration and Mechanical Ventilation, Building Envelope
Applicable Sectors: Residential, Construction
Amount:Varies depending on type of housing (single or multi-family) and measures taken/tier achieved
Maximum Incentive:$7,000
Funding Source:Energy Efficiency Fund (Public Benefits Fund)
Web Site:

In Massachusetts, home builders constructing new homes in territories of sponsoring utilities and energy efficiency service providers* can receive up to $7,000 in incentives for building a home more efficient than the typical Massachusetts home.

The incentives offered in the Massachusetts program vary depending on the tier level achieved and the type of housing. The incentives listed here are for single-family (detached or up to 4-attached units) homes. For the multi-family incentives, see the MassSave website.

There are two options for participation in the program: the prescriptive path and the performance path. The prescriptive path requires certain energy efficiency measures to be taken in order to receive the incentive, while the performance path requires a certain percentage improvement over the 2012 Massachusetts baseline home and compliance with sections 3 and 5 of the ENERGY STAR Thermal Enclosure System Rater Checklist (TESRC) or Thermal Bypass Checklist (TBC).

Details on prescriptive path requirements for each option can be found here. Prescriptive path incentives are as follows:

  • Prescriptive Option I: $1,250
  • Prescriptive Option 2: $7,000

Performance path incentives are as follows: 

  • Tier I (15% improvement): $750
  • Tier II (30% improvement): $1,250
  • Tier III (45% improvement): $7,000

Building an ENERGY STAR qualified home is encouraged, but not required in order to earn rebates. However, an additional $25 incentive is available for ENERGY STAR-certified projects. 

To participate and become eligible for the incentives, the home builder must first contact the program. They also must select and work with a Home Energy Rating Service (HERS) Rater. A supplement is available to help with the cost of working with a HERS Rater. Once the builder has selected and met with the HERS Rater, the builder can apply to the program, and a reservation for incentives is made. Once the home has been built and met the qualifications as determined by the final HERS Rater inspection, the rebate payment will be processed.

*Sponsoring utilities, that support the program through rate-payer collected funds, include Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, Berkshire Gas, Cape Light Compact, National Grid, NSTAR Electric and Gas, Liberty Utilities, Unitil, and Western Massachusetts Electric.

  Massachusetts New Home ENERGY STAR Info
ICF International
33 Hayden Avenue
3rd Floor
Lexington, MA 02421
Phone: (800) 628-8413
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Disclaimer: The information presented on the DSIRE web site provides an unofficial overview of financial incentives and other policies. It does not constitute professional tax advice or other professional financial guidance, and it should not be used as the only source of information when making purchasing decisions, investment decisions or tax decisions, or when executing other binding agreements. Please refer to the individual contact provided below each summary to verify that a specific financial incentive or other policy applies to your project.

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