Home Performance with ENERGY STAR is designed to transform the way energy efficiency services are delivered to existing 1-4 family homes and low-rise multifamily buildings. A combination of eligible measures may be financed. All projects must include at least attic air sealing and insulation in at least one location as per the eligible measures list.
Single Family Home Eligibility Requirements
Single family homes and townhouses, and residential buildings of 2-4 units (individual living spaces) are eligible for the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program. A townhouse is a single-family dwelling unit constructed in groups of three or more attached units in which each unit extends from foundation to roof and with open space on at least two sides.
NJ Urban Enterprise Zones now are eligible for HPwES:
All NJ residential dwellings that meet the above criteria, including those located in one of the municipalities designated as NJ Urban Enterprise Zones (listed below), are eligible to participate in the NJ Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program.
Multifamily Eligibility Requirements
The EPA has determined that small multifamily (MF) building developments may participate in HPwES. The NJ HPwES program defines eligibility as buildings that:
- are no more than three stories high; have single ownership,
- have total building energy usage which is accessible through individual metering of the units within the multi-family structure, or a master meter at the building (as opposed to sites with multiple buildings heated by a central heating plant),
- are made up of five or more units in a single building, or multiple buildings (each with five or more units), within a single geographic boundary and with a single property management structure.
Multifamily facilities that do not meet this criteria fall into the Commercial & Industrial (C&I) program,Pay for Performance, for energy efficient measures. Here is the multifamily flow chart as a reference.
The program will offer the following incentive structure for multi-family projects:
- Improvement packages showing a minimum of 5% but less than 15% estimated total building energy savings will receive a per unit incentive of $500 not to exceed 50% of the costs of the approved measures used to calculate TES.
- Improvement packages showing a minimum of 15% but less than 20% estimated total building energy savings will receive a per unit incentive of $1,000 not to exceed 50% of the costs of the approved measures used to calculate TES.
- Improvement packages showing 20% or greater estimated total building energy savings will receive a per unit incentive of $1,500 not to exceed 50% of the costs of the approved measures used to calculate TES.
The total incentive amount for a multifamily project must not exceed 50% of the total costs of approved measures; approved measures are the same as for the single family houses and townhouses. If the total multifamily project incentive based on the above structure yields an amount greater than 50% of the costs of approved measures, the incentive amount offered will be lowered to the 50% maximum.
HPwES program improvements must consider a whole building approach to be approved. Individual units within a multifamily structure or development are not eligible for the program independently of the entire building or development; however, they may take advantage of other NJCEP offerings, such as WARM and COOLAdvantage programs.
The program will work with the contractor of a multi-family project to ensure proper project assessment and approval process. Multifamily buildings are to be addressed in accordance with the BPI Multifamily Building Standards. The program will only approve such projects for contractors that have at least one staff member holding BPI Multifamily certification.