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Residential New Construction

Notice:  Residential New Construction Update

The construction environment continues to rebound in New Jersey as we recover from the recession. The increase in activity across the state has been reflected in participation in the New Jersey Clean Energy Program. In the first two and a half months of Fiscal Year 2016 the Residential New Construction (RNC) program has received over 6,000 requests for projects to be registered. We are excited about the increased interest and encouraged by the momentum building in energy efficient construction.

This unprecedented number of registration requests has expended the existing available budget. Until funds are reallocated into the RNC program, we will not be able to register any more projects. We are working together to develop a process moving forward that will enable fast track projects to continue to participate in the program. We will continue to communicate as we work through this. All other areas of the RNC program will operate as normal during this time. The budget constraints only effect enrollment and re-enrollment of projects. 

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
  • These homes can help you save about $200 to $400 a year on utility bills.
  • Check out this video about the Home Energy Rating System - HERS Index Score.

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

New Jersey ENERGYEfficient Homes (Tier 1) These homes have energy efficient characteristics and save about an estimated 15% more energy than a traditionally built home, yet do not meet ENERGY STAR standards under the EPA. 

New Jersey ENERGY STAR Homes (Tier 2) meets the EPA's version 3.0 requirements, which means these homes are estimated to be 20-25% more energy efficient than traditionally built homes and meet all EPA ENERGY STAR Homes standards.

New Jersey Zero Energy Ready Home (Tier 3) promote innovation in building design, materials, techniques, and operation in order to achieve energy savings estimated to be 50% before the addition of on-site renewable energy generation. The NJ Zero Energy Ready Home tier encourages the construction of homes that use advanced, high efficiency building products, practices, lighting, appliances and renewable energy. Tier 3 was formerly New Jersey Climate Choice Home. This tier aligns with the Department of Energy's Zero Energy Ready Homes.

Please be aware of the Residential New Construction Program changes that will take effect in FY2016.

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.


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