May 05, 2022


This program is no longer available, NYSERDA provides a variety of programs to support energy efficient homes. For more information on programs: Assisted Home Performance with Energy Star, Home Energy Efficiency Programs, New Residential Construction.

NYSERDA offers a program to encourage more industry involvement in the building of ENERGY STAR rated Homes. Incentives are available for newly constructed residential dwellings of 3 stories or less that are located with the service territory of an electric or natural gas utility that collects the System Benefits Charge (SBC) or the Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS) surcharge. The utility service territories which currently meet this requirement are as follows: Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation, Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc., New York State Electric & Gas Corporation, National Fuel Gas, National Grid, Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc., Rochester Gas & Electric Corporation.

When a builder is certified as an ENERGY STAR Home Builder and builds a home to ENERGY STAR Standards, the builder is eligible for a direct cash incentive of $1,250 to $1,500. The actual level of the incentive depends on where it is located with an additional $250 incentive available for homes within the "downstate" region of the state. The downstate region is comprised of the five New York City counties, Westchester county and certain locations on Long Island. Larger incentives are available for display homes ($2,500) and model homes ($3,000), although the downstate bonus is not available for display and model homes. Bonuses are available for insulation, primary heating system, and primary cooling system installations completed by BPI-accredited professionals employed at a BPI-accredited firm. Home energy rating providers are eligible for an incentive of $75 per dwelling unit for the provision of various services. Homeowners and building owners are eligible for an affordable housing incentive of up to $500 per dwelling unit where the occupant or expected occupants meet affordable housing income eligibility criteria. Builders and other program contractors may also be reimbursed for a portion of their expenses associated with advertising campaigns for New York Energy Star Homes (see program web site for details).

Further specifications, including information on becoming a partner builder, minimum home performance standards, and contact information for regional account managers (organized by county), is available on the program website.

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: New York
Incentive Type: Industry Recruitment/Support
Web Site: https://www.nyserda.ny.gov/All-Programs
Administrator: New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Start Date: 01/01/2012 (current solicitation)
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Incentive Amount: General Builder Home Incentive (BHI): $1,250 (upstate); $1,500 (downstate)
Model Home: $3,000
Display Home: $2,500
First Plan Review/Rating: $200 - $500
Quality Installer (envelope, insulation, air sealing): $250
Quality Installer (primary heating): $250
Quality Installer (primary cooling): $250
Owner Incentive (affordable housing): $500 per unit
HERS Provider Incentive: $75 per unit
Cooperative Advertising Incentives: 25% or 50% of expenditures (depending on content)
Maximum Incentive: Cooperative Advertising Incentive: $5,000 (1-9 homes); $50,000 (10 - 49 homes); $100,000 (50+ homes)
Other Incentives: determined by standardized incentive schedule
Terms: Work must be performed by a New York ENERGY STAR Home Program Partner


Name: Public Information Officer - New York Energy Star Homes
Organization: New York State Energy Research and Developmen
Address: 17 Columbia Circle
Albany NY 12203
Phone: (518) 207-4500
Name: Patrick Fitzgerald
Organization: New York State Energy Research and Developmen
Address: 17 Columbia Circle
Albany NY 12203-6399
Phone: (518) 862-1090
Email: pgf@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.