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Residential New Construction

Proposed New Construction Program

We’re excited to announce the release of the COMPLIANCE FILING for the proposed New Construction Program.

Watch the NEW PROGRAM webinar for more details about the proposed program.

Look for Energy Efficiency Listserv updates, attend Energy Efficiency Stakeholder Meetings, or attend an upcoming program overview or Trade Ally webinar event for details.


BUYING OR BUILDING THE BEST HOME YOU CAN
Not all homes are created equally, and a new home is probably the most expensive purchase you’ll ever make. Construction quality is one key to a great home, but how do you really know that everything has been installed correctly?  The New Jersey Uniform Construction Code (UCC, or “code(s)”) governs building, plumbing, electrical, fire protection, mechanical and energy regulations.  These codes are updated every three years and are considered the minimum standard for home construction.

As code becomes more focused on home efficiency, building science has also evolved to help achieve code requirements. Part of that process involves a requirement to pull building permits and to have the home inspected by the township or private inspectors.  Additionally, the industry has also evolved, and your home can now earn several different certifications for meeting more stringent requirements than what is required by code.

ENERGY STAR® and Zero Energy Ready Home (“ZERH”) are two certifications your home can earn. Receiving either of these certifications can give you confidence that your home has been built to perform better than others. These homes are inspected both during and after construction to ensure they are better, healthier, safer, more durable, and more efficient than other homes. Don’t settle for less, ask for the best.  Ask for a high efficiency home, not just a pretty one.

There are over 2.5 million homes in the United States that have been built to high energy efficiency standards. While each year seems to increase steadily, only 9% of new homes constructed in the US in 2022 exceeded minimum code requirements. ENERGY STAR and ZERH homes do just that, and there are incentives from New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program (NJCEP) Residential New Construction Program to help you cover a portion of the cost to do so.

INCENTIVES
New Jersey has a great incentive program to help builders achieve ENERGY STAR and ZERH certifications. Additional details about incentives and requirements are available in the Program Guide.

 

Single Family  

(1 & 2 Family Homes) 

Townhouse 

(3+ Connected Units) 

Multifamily 

(5 stories or less) 

Multifamily 

(MFNC) 

Energy Star 

$1,000 per home 

$30 per MMBtu saved 

$500 per home 

$30 per MMBtu saved 

$500 per unit 

$30 per MMBtu saved 

$500 per unit 

$30 per MMBtu saved 

ZERH  
(Zero Energy Ready Home) 

$4,000 per home 

$30 per MMBtu saved 

Rater Incentive: $1,200 per home 

$2,500 per home 

$30 per MMBtu saved 

Rater Incentive: $1,200 per home 

$1,500 per unit 

$30 per MMBtu saved 

N/A 

ZERH + Renewables 

$6,000 per home 

$30 per MMBtu saved 

Rater Incentive: $1,200 per home 

$4,000 per home 

$30 per MMBtu saved 

Rater Incentive: $1,200 per home 

$2,250 per unit 

$30 per MMBtu saved 

N/A 

UEZ/Affordable House Bonus 

+$500 per home 

+$500 per home 

N/A 

N/A 

If you are interested in becoming an approved Rating Company for the NJ Residential New Construction Program, please click on the below button to download an application:

If you are a builder and have questions about the NJ Residential New Construction Programs,

If you are a homeowner, please ask your builder about the NJ Residential New Construction Program. To find out more about the program, please refer to the Program Guide.

INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT HOME EFFICIENCY?

Here is a list of videos that may be helpful to you as you learn more about ENERGY STAR and high performance homes.  NJCEP claims no responsibility for the content of these videos.  They are here for educational purposes.  Enjoy.

Online Training for Builders and Raters

For information about the Residential New Construction Program, call 866-NJSMART.

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