Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Low-Rise

September 09, 2014


NOTE: Program has expired. 

Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES) Low Rise program is targeted specially towards mid-size residential buildings that fall in between single-family homes and larger multi-unit apartment buildings. The buildings eligible under the program include duplexes, row houses, and other large sale housing complexes that include 1 to 4 family residential buildings. The program serves households earning 60% or higher of the area median income. The participants are categorized into two levels- Assisted (for households earning between 60% - 80% of the State Median Income) and Market (for households earning more than 80% of the State Median Income). Incentives provided depend on the income category. Participants who earn below 60% of the State Median Income are eligible to participate in NYSERDA’s EmPower New York Program.

Program Description

To participate in the program, the building owner should contact participating HPwES Contractor and submit a Low-Rise Project Application to Conservation Services Group (CSG). The application includes photographic documentation of the onsite conditions, affordable housing documentation and other information about the project. After the preliminary project approval by NYSERDA, the Contractor will receive a Project Approval Letter reserving the funds for the project. The Contractor must start the work before 60 days after approval and must complete within 45 days of commencement.

Additional financing for the program is available through Green Jobs-Green New York Multifamily Financing Program.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: New York
Incentive Type: Rebate Program
Web Site: http://www.nyserda.ny.gov/Energy-Efficiency-and-Renewable-Programs/Residential/Energy-Efficiency-Programs/Home-Energy-Efficiency-Upgrades/Home-Performance-with-ENERGY-STAR-Low-Rise.aspx
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Yes; specific technologies not identified
Incentive Amount: Depends on the income level, 30% of the cost to Assisted Rate and 20% of the cost to Market Rate
Maximum Incentive: $1,800 per dwelling for Assisted Rate and $1,200 per dwelling for Market Rate
Eligible System Size: Three Stories or less with maximum of 8 units, should have been constructed with building techniques common to 1 to 4 unit family homes, building should be able to serve by residential-scale heating with maximum rating of 300,000 BTUs. (other taller residential buildings might also be eligible)
Installation Requirements: Must be installed by a participating HPwES contractor.


Name: Erik Gilbert
New York NY
Phone: (518) 862-1090
Email: Erik.gilbert@nyserda.ny.gov

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.