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LAYING THE FOUNDATION FOR ENERGY-EFFICIENT NEW HOMES

PSO offers substantial rebates to homebuilders who construct energy-efficient homes. New homes must adhere to PSO guidelines and have third-party validation. New homes must also pass thermal bypass inspections, building envelope pressure tests, and duct pressure tests. To qualify for rebates, a home must be enrolled in the PSO service before the walls are framed, and homebuilders must contract with an independent HERS rater during the early stages of design and construction.

To qualify for PSO rebates, click here or call 1-888-776-1366 for more information.

HERS

The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index is the industry standard by which a home’s energy efficiency is measured. It’s also the nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home’s energy performance.

To calculate a home’s HERS index score, a certified HERS rater does an energy rating on the home and compares the data against a ‘reference home’ — a designed-model home of the same size and shape as the actual home, so the score is always relative to the size, shape and type of house being built.

Click here to learn more and find a home energy rater in your area.

THERMAL BYPASS INSPECTION

The Thermal Bypass Checklist is a comprehensive list of building details where thermal bypass — or the movement of heat around or through insulation — frequently occurs due to missing air barriers or gaps between the air barrier and insulation. The Thermal Bypass Checklist must be completed by a certified home energy rater in order for a home to qualify for ENERGY STAR® or PSO certification.

Click here to learn more about ENERGY STAR’s Thermal Bypass Inspection Checklist.

BUILDING PRESSURE ENVELOPE TESTING

Building envelope testing, or blower door testing, determines a home’s air tightness. Establishing proper air tightness reduces energy consumption due to air leakage, moisture condensation problems and drafts. It also determines how much ventilation is required to provide acceptable indoor air quality.

DUCT PRESSURE TEST

A duct pressure test measures the airtightness of HVAC ductwork. Duct leakage should be determined and documented by a rater using a RESNET-approved testing protocol.

HOMEBUILDER REBATES

For each energy-efficient component added to the new home, homebuilders will receive the following rebates from PSO:

$800 for the following measures installed:

  • 75% CFL Lighting
  • Insulation (15 R-value walls and 38 R-value attic)
  • HVAC – 15 SEER
  • Home infiltration (6 ACH50)
  • Duct infiltration (6% total)
  • 100% ENERGY STAR Windows

Bonuses available on top of the $800:

  • ES V3.1 Certification – $800
  • Home Design – Value added service (worth $3,000)
  • Will rework floor plans and HVAC design to obtain ENERGY STAR certification. (Up to three plans)

HVAC:

  • ACCA Manual J performed – $50
  • 16 SEER – $400
  • 17 SEER – $600
  • 18+SEER – $800
  • Geothermal – $1,000/ton

Ducts:

  • Duct Infiltration less than 4% (total leakage) – $200

Lighting:

  • 95% CFL = $200
  • 95% LED = $400

Parade of Homes:

  • ES V3.1 certified & will include PSO sponsored table/booth in home during parade – $2,000

DOWNLOAD the 2018 Rebate Guidelines

 

COMPARE: PSO-CERTIFIED vs. ENERGY STAR®-CERTIFIED HOMES

Measure Minimum Code* ENERGY STAR* Rebate PSO certified Rebate
Lighting 50% CFL Lighting excluding can lights 90% CFL Lighting $1,000 75% CFL Lighting $800
Insulation R-value of 13 for walls, R-value of 30 for attics (batt insulation allowed) R-value of 20 for walls, R-value of 38 for attic R-value of 15 for walls; R-value of 38 for attic
HVAC Equipment 14 SEER 15 SEER 15 SEER
House Infiltration (envelope leakage) No code requirement 3 Air Changes Per Hour 6 Air Changes Per Hour
Duct Infiltration (duct leakage) No code requirement 4 CFM per 100 square feet (leakage to outside) with all bedrooms pressure balanced 6 CFM per 100 square feet (leakage to outside)
Windows U-value 0.50 or less, SHGC-value 0.35 or less U-value 0.30 or less, SHGC-value 0.25 or less U-value 0.30 or less, SHGC-value 0.25 or less: 100% ENERGY STAR certified windows
Indoor Air Quality No code requirement Kitchen and bathrooms must be ventilated to the outside, mandatory outdoor "fresh" air systems integrated into the HVAC system Industry best practices are encouraged
Third Party Verification
& Testing
No code requirement HERS Rater, must pass insulation inspection, testing of building envelope and duct system. HERS Rater, must pass insulation inspection, testing of building envelope and duct system.
  *No rebates are available for a home built to minimum code. *Must be a ENERGY STAR v3.1 rev 08 certification  
BONUS Rebates          
HVAC Upgrade   16 SEER $400 16 SEER $400
    17 SEER $600 17 SEER $600
    18+ SEER $800 18+ SEER $800
    Geothermal $1,000/ton Geothermal $1,000/ton
ACCA Manual J Bonus   Version 8 $50 Version 8 $50
Duct Infiltration   Duct infiltration (4% leakage to outside) $200 Duct infiltration (4% leakage to outside) $200
Lighting Bonus   95% CFL $200 95% CFL $200
    95% LED $400 95% LED $400
Parade of Homes Bonus (ENERGY STAR certified only)   ENERGY STAR v3.1 certified, include a PSO-sponsored info booth $2,000    
ENERGY STAR Design Assistance   Per builder for 2-3 plans that will cover a portion of the architectural design fees ($2,000) to re-work floor plans and HVAC system design ($1,000) for optimal energy efficiency performance and ENERGY STAR certification $3,000/plan value offered at no cost to the builder    

*A cap of $5,000 applies to each home

Measure Minimum Code*
Lighting 50% CFL Lighting excluding can lights
Insulation R-value of 13 for walls, R-value of 30 for attics (batt insulation allowed)
HVAC Equipment 14 SEER
House Infiltration (envelope leakage) No code requirement
Duct Infiltration (duct leakage) No code requirement
Windows U-value 0.50 or less, SHGC-value 0.35 or less
Indoor Air Quality No code requirement
Third Party Verification
& Testing
No code requirement
  *No rebates are available for a home built to minimum code.
BONUS Rebates  
HVAC Upgrade  
   
   
   
ACCA Manual J Bonus  
Duct Infiltration  
Lighting Bonus  
   
Parade of Homes Bonus (ENERGY STAR certified only)  
ENERGY STAR Design Assistance  
Measure ENERGY STAR* Rebate
Lighting 80% CFL Lighting $1,000
Insulation R-value of 13 for walls, R-value of 30 for attic
HVAC Equipment 14.5 SEER
House Infiltration (envelope leakage) 5 Air Changes Per Hour
Duct Infiltration (duct leakage) 4 CFM per 100 square feet (leakage to outside) with all bedrooms pressure balanced
Windows U-value 0.50 or less, SHGC-value 0.30 or less
Indoor Air Quality Kitchen and bathrooms must be ventilated to the outside, mandatory outdoor "fresh" air systems integrated into the HVAC system
Third Party Verification
& Testing
HERS Rater, must pass insulation inspection, testing of building envelope and duct system.
  *Must be a ENERGY STAR v3.1 rev 08 certification
BONUS Rebates    
HVAC Upgrade 16 SEER $400
  17 SEER $600
  18+ SEER $800
  Geothermal $1,000/ton
ACCA Manual J Bonus Version 8 $50
Duct Infiltration Duct infiltration (4% leakage to outside) $200
Lighting Bonus 95% CFL $200
  95% LED $400
Parade of Homes Bonus (ENERGY STAR certified only) ENERGY STAR v3.1 certified, include a PSO-sponsored info booth $2,000
ENERGY STAR Design Assistance Per builder for 2-3 plans that will cover a portion of the architectural design fees ($2,000) to re-work floor plans and HVAC system design ($1,000) for optimal energy efficiency performance and ENERGY STAR certification $3,000/plan value offered at no cost to the builder
Measure PSO PowerForward Home Rebate
Lighting 50% CFL Lighting $800
Insulation R-value of 15 for walls; R-value of 38 for attic
HVAC Equipment 15 SEER
House Infiltration (envelope leakage) 6 Air Changes Per Hour
Duct Infiltration (duct leakage) 6 CFM per 100 square feet (leakage to outside)
Windows U-value 0.30 or less, SHGC-value 0.25 or less: 100% ENERGY STAR certified windows
Indoor Air Quality Industry best practices are encouraged
Third Party Verification
& Testing
HERS Rater, must pass insulation inspection, testing of building envelope and duct system.
   
BONUS Rebates    
HVAC Upgrade 16 SEER $400
  17 SEER $600
  18+ SEER $800
  Geothermal $1,000/ton
ACCA Manual J Bonus Version 8 $50
Duct Infiltration Duct infiltration (4% leakage to outside) $200
Lighting Bonus 95% CFL $200
  95% LED $400
Parade of Homes Bonus (ENERGY STAR certified only)    
ENERGY STAR Design Assistance    

A cap of $5,000 applies to each home

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