SDG&E - Residential New Construction Builder Efficiency Program

June 22, 2010


San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) encourages home builders in the San Diego area to construct energy efficient homes through their Residential New Construction Energy Efficiency Incentive Program. There are several ways that builders can take advantage of this program. Under the performance-based Home Advantage Program, builders are encouraged to construct residences which are at least 15% more efficient than Title 24 standards. Single-family homes, multi-family homes and multi-family high rises are eligible to participate. Single-family homes built to this level of efficiency will also qualify as Energy Star Homes. Builders of these residences will be included in a national and statewide Energy Star campaign. There are two levels of participation in the performance-based program: Tier 1 for buildings which exceed Title 24 compliance by 15% for single or multifamily new construction; and Tier 2 for buildings which exceed Title 24 compliance by 35% to 40% in the cooling budget for single or multifamily new construction.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Utility
Category: Financial Incentive
State: California
Incentive Type: Rebate Program
Web Site:
Administrator: San Diego Gas & Electric Company
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Furnaces
  • Air conditioners
  • Duct/Air sealing
  • Building Insulation
  • Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Incentive Amount: Minimum incentive: $1.72/therm saved; $0.43/kWh saved; $75/kW saved.
ENERGY STAR for Homes: 10% Bonus for builders who achieve final certification in the ENERGY STAR Program.
Green Building Program: 10% bonus for homes participating in California Green Builder, Green Point Rated and LEED-H.
Compact Home: 15% bonus for building homes that are smaller than the CAHP published baseline square footage.
kW Reduction: Bonus for reduction of peak kW demand through the use of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels.
Design Team Incentive: 50% Bonus up to $5,000 for holding a charrette with a Builder, Architect, and experts in Structure, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Energy Consultant and Utility Energy Efficiency Representative (available for projects of 10 units or more).
Maximum Incentive: $5.14/therm saved; $1.29/kWh saved; $225/kW saved
Equipment Requirements: Home must be designed to be a minimum of 15% better than the 2008 Title 24 Energy Code: incentive levels continue to increase until performance is 45% above code.


Name: Program Coordinator
Address: 8335 Century Park Court
San Diego CA 92123
Phone: (858) 650-4140
Email: Newconstructionservices@Semprautilities.Com

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.