DHCD Net Zero Construction Loan Program

May 29, 2019


Under the Net Zero residential construction program, the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development offers loans for builders, developers and homeowners to construct of rehabilitate residential buildings to energy efficient standards.

Net Zero homes features may include advanced energy efficient design and technology and renewable energy resources. Proceeds may be used for acquisition of a project, construction and development costs, and closing costs. The program requires applicants to obtain a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) score of 50 or lower.

Financing is available through low interest construction loans to builders, developers or owners, or as loan enhancements for private construction loans. The loan to value requirement is up to 90%.

Eligible projects include new construction and deep energy retrofits of existing homes. All applicants must be properly zoned for residential use and constructed in accordance with all applicable Local, State and Federal building codes. Applicants must be qualified to do business in Maryland and have the legal capacity and all necessary authorization to incur the obligation of the loan. Applicants must demonstrate credit worthiness and repayment ability acceptable to the Department.

The goal of this program is to support the adoption of Net Zero construction techniques in Maryland.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: Maryland
Incentive Type: Loan Program
Web Site: https://dhcd.maryland.gov/Pages/NetZero/default.aspx
Administrator: Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
  • Other EE
Maximum Loan: Restricted by total funding and program interest
Loan Term: Secured loans for 12 months with variable rates base on the HERS score achieved.
HERS Score 0-15: 2%
HERS Score 16-35: 3%
HERS Score 36-50: 4%
Rate reductions possible by obtaining relevant home certifications.
Fees include an administrative fee of 1% of loan value, and appraisal fee, and title fees subject to the title company.


Name: Program Administrator
Organization: Maryland Department of Housing and Community
Address: 7800 Harkins Road
Lanham MD 20706
Phone: (301) 429-7819

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.