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Incentives

Policy Guide

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With the addition of a QA/QC process, PHIUS+ projects are now able to gain more performance-based incentive

Since 2013, PHIUS has partnered with the DOE’s Zero Energy Ready Home program as well as ENERGY STAR for Homes. These programs are pre-requisites for PHIUS+ Certification. Your PHIUS+ Rater/Verifier will complete documentation for all of these programs during their on-site visits, and the project will be awarded recognition from all three.

Most projects will automatically receive a RESNET HERS Index score as part of certification. The RESNET HERS Index is the leading industry standard by which a home’s energy efficiency is measured. Many local, state, and federal financial incentive programs require a HERS Index to demonstrate compliance

AS CLIMATE CHANGE LOOMS ON THE HORIZON, more and more public policy professionals are looking
for ways to slash the carbon footprint of their jurisdictions.

PHIUS has assembled a summary of successful policy efforts, with an overview of where the PHIUS+ passive building standard fits in policy efforts. 

A Policy Roadmap to Clean Carbon Construction provides nonprofits, governments, and other public policy professionals a blueprint for designing policy that reduces carbon of the built environment.
 

Incentive Programs

The list below includes known, current incentive programs for PHIUS+ programs, as well as general programs that PHIUS+ projects may qualify for. 

PHIUS+ SPECIFIC INCENTIVE PROGRAMS

California

California Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Programs: California

New construction, adaptive reuse, or rehabilitation low Income Housing Tax Credits for projects that achieve NGBS at a Silver and LEED, Passive House, Living Building Challenge or the GreenPoint Rated Program.

Green Building Program: Marin County

Multifamily, and Commercial New Construction and Retrofit Buildings must incorporate an energy efficiency method which includes Passive House Certification.


Connecticut

Connecticut Housing Finance Authority: Affordable Housing-Multifamily Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC): Offering tax credits for affordable housing developments built to Passive House Standards


Idaho

Idaho Housing and Finance Qualified Allocation Plan: Multifamily developments which incorporate PHIUS+, LEED, Energy Star, NGBS, Enterprise Green Communities, and EPA’s Indoor Air Plus standards into their design.


Illinois

Illinois Development Authority Qualified Allocation Plan: Multifamily Low Income Housing Tax Credits for affordable developments built to PHIUS+ Standards.

Illinois Clean Energy Foundation: Net Zero Energy Building Program/ New Construction, Retrofit Awards grants to projects that achieve site net zero energy performance or better, over the course of a year.


Massachusetts

Energy Efficiency Reimbursement Plan: Residential/Commercial Reimbursement for PHIUS CPHC certification, PHIUS+ feasibility study, feasibility costs, energy modeling, and pre-certification.

Mass Save: Multifamily- 4 stories or higher Incentives for projects pursuing PHIUS+ certification and agree to monitor and provide whole-building energy use and onsite generation.


New Hampshire

New Hampshire Qualified Allocation Plan: Multifamily Low Income Housing Tax Credits for affordable developments that achieve Passive House Certification or The Institute for Living Futures Net Zero certification.


New York

NYSERDA: Mid and High-Rise Multifamily New Construction or gut rehab Incentives and higher funding caps for buildings meeting Energy Star and PHIUS+.


Ohio

Ohio Housing Finance Agency Qualified Allocation Plan: Multifamily Low Income Housing Tax Credits for affordable developments built to PHIUS+ standards.


Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Housing Finance Authority: Affordable Housing-Multifamily Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC): Offering tax credits for affordable housing developments built to Passive House standards.


Rhode Island

Rhode Island Residential New Construction (RNC) Program: Residential-Single/Multifamily Incentives and rebates for high-efficiency mechanical equipment and certifications such as PHIUS+, ZERH, LEED, and Living Building Challenge


Virginia

Virginia Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program: Multifamily Points awarded to developers who are certified for Passive House or Zero Energy Ready Homes (ZERH) from the U.S. Department of Energy.


Washington

Shoreline, Washington--Deep Green Incentive Program (DGIP): By meeting PHIUS+ or PHIUS+ Source Zero, projects can qualify for exemptions or waivers on permit fees, transportation impact fees, certain development codes and expedited permit review.

Housing Trust Fund Program: Residential-Multifamily Applications considered for projects that implement ultra high energy efficient elements designed to reach net-zero or PHIUS+ Standards


Nationwide

Enterprise Green Communities: Affordable Housing-New Construction, Retrofit encourages construction or rehab of energy efficient and affordable homes, with bonus points for PHIUS+, Living Building Challenge, or ZER Home certification.

Other Programs

Northern Illinois

ComEd Affordable Housing New Construction Program: Multi-Family Housing Requires a bundle of measures that mirror PHIUS requirements. Units must be affordable to people within 80% of median income.


Minnesota

Efficient New Home Construction: Residential esigned to be at least 10% better than energy code (requires a HERS rater). Incentives increase up to $2000 for homes 35% more efficient than code. Additional small incentives for all electric homes.


New York

Low-Rise New Construction Program: Single Family and Multi-Unit (Market and Low to Moderate Income) Technical support and incentives based on Energy Star and HERS Index ratings.


Northand South Carolina

Duke Energy Residential New Construction Program: Single-family and low-rise multifamily financial incentives for exceeding energy codes and achieving low HERS ratings.


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