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Residential New Construction

There are over 1.5 million homes in the United States that have been built to high energy efficiency standards.  The homes built to one of the qualifying tiers below have the following benefits:
  • It has been designed and built to standards well above most other homes
  • Better quality, wall to wall comfort and durability
  • Better value for today and a better investment for tomorrow
  • Advanced process for inspections, testing and verification to ensure that it meets strict energy efficiency requirements
  • High-performance heating and cooling, energy-efficient windows, and tighter construction
  • Less energy use and overall savings
  • Check out this video about the Home Energy Rating System - HERS Index Score.

There are different levels of energy efficiency when building new homes.

Program Participation Pathways
The following participation pathways provide New Jersey's builders and homeowners with a range of participation options to suit builders at different levels of experience with energy efficient construction techniques and homebuyers with varying interest and budgets.  All are based on the presumption that the IECC 2009/2015/2018 energy code sets the minimum energy performance requirement for newly constructed homes, as  such they all result in energy performance that is better than that required by IECC 2009/2015/2018 as applicable depending on the home's permit date.

New Jersey ENERGY STAR Homes are designed to achieve 15% more energy efficiency than the building code. These homes meet ENERGY STAR version 3.0 or 3.1 standards, which means they are ENERGY STAR certified.  Builders that enroll in this pathway will satisfy the requirements for ENERGY STAR certification utilizing the Energy Rating Index (ERI) target.

New Jersey Zero Energy Ready Home requires a high energy efficiency achievement in new home construction. The program requirements include meeting or exceeting all DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes technical standards, building in compliance with the ENERGY STAR Homes Program checklists, meeting 2015 IECC insulation levels, and certifying under EPA's Indoor airPLUS Program. 

Zero Energy Home +RE (ZERH+RE)
This pathway has the same requirements as the ZERH pathway with the additional requirement that 100% the building’s modeled energy usage is met by renewable energy systems installed prior to completion of the home.

Multi-Family High Rise (MFHR) Program requires 15% increased energy savings above code. This pathway will satisfy the requirements for ENERGY STAR Multifamily New Construction (MFNC) Version 1.1 certification, meeting the performance targets of the ERI or ASHRAE pathways, including full inspection checklist requirements.

If you are a builder and have questions about the NJ Residential Construction Program, please contact a rater. Please refer to the latest incentive schedule based on the program listed above. If you are a homeowner, please ask your builder about the NJ Residential New Construction Program. Find out more information about the program through the Residential New Construction Program Guide.

New Jersey's Clean Energy Program offers online training courses for builders:

  • Residential New Construction Updates
  • Zero Energy Ready Homes (qualified for AIA continuing education credits)

Online Training for Builders and Raters
(click above)

Additional Opportunities to Save

If you are not building a new home or not doing full gut rehab on your home, please visit Home Performance with ENERGY STAR to make your existing home more energy efficient. And always remember to incoporate ENERGY STAR certified LED lighting in any project!


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