Residential New Construction
- It has been designed and built to standards well above most other homes
- Better quality, wall to wall comfort and durability
- Better value for today and a better investment for tomorrow
- Advanced process for inspections, testing and verification to ensure that it meets strict energy efficiency requirements
- High-performance heating and cooling, energy-efficient windows, and tighter construction
- Less energy use and overall savings
- Check out this video about the Home Energy Rating System - HERS Index Score.
There are different levels of energy efficiency when building new homes. The new levels went into effect on March 21, 2016.
International Energy Construction Code (IECC) 2015 Energy Rating Index (ERI). The code significantly increases the level of energy efficiency as compared to the efficiency required by IECC 2009. In addition to more stringent prescriptive requirements, the IECC 2015 introduces an alternative compliance path based on total building performance and termed the Energy Rating Index ("ERI"). The ERI compliance path was designed to exceed the IECC 2015 prescriptive requirements.
New Jersey ENERGY STAR Homes are designed to achieve 15% more energy efficiency than the building code. The New Jersey Program enforces ENERGY STAR v3.1 standards are followed to meet the ENERGY STAR Home certification.
New Jersey Zero Energy Ready Home promotes innovation in building design, materials, techniques, and operation. This level requires ENERGY STAR v3.1 specification as well as the IECC 2015 insulation levels.
Multi-Family High Rise (MFHR) Program requires 15% increased energy savings above code. The program must collect additional data from its applicants, including a project's baseline code and the percent savings above code that the applicant's project has been designed to achieve.
If you are a builder and have questions about the NJ Residential Construction Program, please contact a rater. Please refer to the latest incentive schedule based on the program listed above. If you are a homeowner, please ask your builder about the NJ Residential New Construction Program. Find out more information about the program through the Residential New Construction program guide.
Additional Opportunities to Save
If you are not building a new home or not doing full gut rehab on your home, please visit Home Performance with ENERGY STAR to make your existing home more energy efficient.