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Energy Star Homes

  1. 1. W27 1:00 - 2:30 pm The EPA Energy Star Homes program Michael Berry, ICF International Diana Duffy, National Grid/KeySpan Raphael Herz, Massachusetts Technology CollaborativeMassachusetts New Homes with ENERGY STAR®
  2. 2. WelcomeThe Boston Society of Architects is a Registered Provider with TheAmerican Institute of Architects Continuing Education Systems.Credit earned on completion of this program will be reported toCES Records for AIA members. Certificates of Completion fornon-AIA members are available on request.This program is registered with the AIA/CES for continuingprofessional education. As such, it does not include content thatmay be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement bythe AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner ofhandling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.Questions related to specific materials, methods, and services willbe addressed at the conclusion of this presentation. 2
  3. 3. Learning Objectives• Understanding requirements of the Massachusetts New Homes with ENERGY STAR® Homes program• Awareness of incentives available through by building to ENERGY STAR® Homes standards• Awareness of other energy efficiency and renewable energy systems and rebates available for such systems 3
  4. 4. Massachusetts New Homes with ENERGY STAR® ENERGY STAR® Homes A Lifetime of Value, Comfort, and Healthier Living Presenter Name: Michael Berry The sponsors of the Massachusetts New Homes with ENERGY STAR are Bay State Gas, Berkshire Gas, Cape Light Compact, GasNetworks, KeySpan Energy Delivery, Massachusetts National Grid/KeySpan, New England Gas, NSTAR Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, Technology Collaborative, National Grid, New Electric, Gas, NSTAR Electric, NSTAR Gas, UNITIL, and Western Massachusetts Electric. England NSTAR Gas, and Western Massachusetts Electric.
  5. 5. Sponsored By The sponsors of the Massachusetts New Homes with ENERGY STAR is the Joint Management Committee (JMC): Bay State Gas, Berkshire Gas, Cape Light Compact, GasNetworks, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, National Grid/KeySpan, New England Gas, NSTAR Electric, NSTAR Gas, and Western Massachusetts Electric.Massachusetts New Homes with ENERGY STAR®
  6. 6. Agenda • What is ENERGY STAR? • What are ENERGY STAR Qualified Homes? • Why Should you Build ENERGY STAR? • Eligibility Requirements. • Homebuilder Program Support. • Getting Started. • Questions.Massachusetts New Homes with ENERGY STAR®
  7. 7. What is ENERGY STAR? Trusted government symbol that makes it easy for consumers to identify energy-efficient productsMassachusetts New Homes with ENERGY STAR®
  8. 8. What is ENERGY STAR? Commercial Consumer Buildings Electronics Office Windows Equipment Appliances Residential Lighting HVAC Exit Signs Insulation HomesMassachusetts New Homes with ENERGY STAR®
  9. 9. What are ENERGY STAR Qualified Homes?Massachusetts New Homes with ENERGY STAR®
  10. 10. What are ENERGY STAR Qualified Homes? • Voluntary Program Established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. • Meets National Specifications Established by the EPA. – Must achieve a rating of 85 or lower on the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index – Must pass the Thermal Bypass Inspection Checklist (TBC).Massachusetts New Homes with ENERGY STAR®
  11. 11. What are ENERGY STAR Qualified Homes?Massachusetts New Homes with ENERGY STAR®
  12. 12. What are ENERGY STAR Qualified Homes? • Each ENERGY STAR home is tested, certified and labeled by an independent HERS rating company. – Must follow Residential System Network (RESNET) testing procedures and guidelines. • A HERS Rater/Rating Provider uses software to model the home’s energy performance based on plan analysis and on-site testing to calculate a HERS Index. (REMRate)Massachusetts New Homes with ENERGY STAR®
  13. 13. What are ENERGY STAR Qualified Homes? • The ENERGY STAR is applied to EVERY qualified home: (the same identifying mark of ENERGY STAR appliances & products) – Provides an easy way for buyers to recognize energy-efficient homes – Documents the home’s energy and comfort performance – Confirms that a third-party quality control/quality assurance has been done.Massachusetts New Homes with ENERGY STAR®
  14. 14. What are ENERGY STAR Qualified Homes? • The ENERGY STAR certificate is provided for EVERY qualified home: – Official documentation of home’s energy performance – Confirms a third-party quality control – Can be included in closing kits and passed on to future homeownersMassachusetts New Homes with ENERGY STAR®
  15. 15. Why Should You Build ENERGY STAR Qualified Homes?Massachusetts New Homes with ENERGY STAR®
  16. 16. Brand Awareness 91% 90% 89% 88% 87% 87% 86% 85% Tremendous Influence 23% 17% Great Deal of Influence 28% 25% 23% Some Influence 35% 31% 24% 71% 20% 57% 54% 32% 10% 7% 36% 34% 33% 46% 32% 33% 6% 30% 34% 16% 37% 25% 17% 3% 13% 8% 38% 31% 28% 28% 30% 28% 31% 30% 26% 24% 26% 27% 26% GH Seal AHA FDA USDE Cons. ADA USDA BBB UL USDA JD Power USP NSF Reports Organic Source: Fairfield Research, May 2003Massachusetts New Homes with ENERGY STAR®
  17. 17. Why ENERGY STAR? • Rising energy costs. • Every homebuilder claims to build an “energy efficient” home – What exactly does this mean to the homebuyer? • Are your buyers’ expectations becoming higher or lower? • How can you strategically maximize your competitive position in the marketplace?Massachusetts New Homes with ENERGY STAR®
  18. 18. Why ENERGY STAR? • Provides homebuilders with: – Decreased callbacks – Increased customer satisfaction – Assurance of quality contractor performance – Verification that actual purchased equipment was installed – Enhanced product differentiation – Credible mark identifying home as being verified by a third-party to exceed local code energy efficiency requirements by at least 15%.Massachusetts New Homes with ENERGY STAR®
  19. 19. Why ENERGY STAR? • Provides homebuyers with: – Construction that exceeds code (15% better) – Greater quality and durability – Increased comfort – Better construction – Improved indoor air quality (IAQ) – Reduced noise – Lower utility bills and maintenance costsMassachusetts New Homes with ENERGY STAR®
  20. 20. Massachusetts New Homes with ENERGY STARMassachusetts New Homes with ENERGY STAR®
  21. 21. Assistance for Homebuilders • Financial incentives from program sponsors • Technical assistance and training • Marketing assistance and resources • BEST OF ALL PROGRAM PARTICIPATION IS…. FREE!Massachusetts New Homes with ENERGY STAR®
  22. 22. Financial Incentives Single-Family Incentives Package Eligibility Requirements Incentive Amount1 Code Plus • Air Seal (6 ACH CFM 50) $325 • Duct Seal (8% Leakage 2) ENERGY STAR I • HERS Index of 85 to 66 $750 • Meet ENERGY STAR guidelines3 ENERGY STAR II • HERS Index of ≤65 $1,250 • Meet ENERGY STAR guidelines3NOTES:1 Incentive amounts are subject to change.2 Duct leakage rate is % of floor area leakage to outdoors tested at 25 Pascal pressure.3 Bath fan rated for continuous use, ≤1.5 Sones and controlled by a 24-hour programmable timer or equivalent mechanicalventilation system is required to insure healthy indoor air quality and proper moisture managementMassachusetts New Homes with ENERGY STAR®
  23. 23. Financial Incentives Multi-Family Incentives Package Eligibility Requirements Incentive Amount1 Code Plus • Air Seal (6 ACH CFM 50) $225 • Duct Seal (8% Leakage 2) ENERGY STAR I • HERS Index of 85 to 66 $650 • Meet ENERGY STAR guidelines3 ENERGY STAR II • HERS Index of ≤65 $1,150 • Meet ENERGY STAR guidelines3NOTES:1 Incentive amounts are subject to change.2 Duct leakage rate is % of floor area leakage to outdoors tested at 25 Pascal pressure.3 Bath fan rated for continuous use, ≤1.5 Sones and controlled by a 24-hour programmable timer or equivalent mechanicalventilation system is required to insure healthy indoor air quality and proper moisture managementMassachusetts New Homes with ENERGY STAR®
  24. 24. Financial Incentives Equipment / Package Eligibility Requirements Incentive Appliances ENERGY STAR ENERGY STAR Must be installed in low-income $100 per Appliances qualified refrigerator housing package and dishwasher Heating and SEER 14 and EER of Home must be located in NSTAR or $300 per Cooling 11.5 National Grid’s service territory qualifying unit (COOL SMART) -or- HSPF of 8.2Massachusetts New Homes with ENERGY STAR®
  25. 25. Financial Incentives • Gas Efficiency for gas heated homes – Available through GasNetworks at www.gasnetworks.com Equipment Rebate High Efficiency Furnace AFUE 92% or greater $100 High Efficiency Furnace with ECM 92% or greater $400 High Efficiency Hot Water Boilers 85% or greater $500 High Efficiency Hot Water Boilers 90% or greater $1000 High Efficiency Indirect Water Heater/ $300 On-Demand Tankless Water Heaters 82% or greater ENERGY STAR® Thermostats $25 (≤2)Massachusetts New Homes with ENERGY STAR®
  26. 26. Financial Incentives • Renewable energy systems in affordable housing – Application available through Massachusetts New Homes with ENERGY STAR Single-Unit Multi-Unit Grid Tied Grid Tied Affordable 20%-49% Affordable 50%-100% Affordable Base Incentive $7.00/watt $6.00/watt $7.00/watt Possible Addition to Base Green Buildings $1.00/watt $1.00/watt $1.00/watt (LEED/CHPS)Massachusetts New Homes with ENERGY STAR®
  27. 27. Technical Assistance • Plan Reviews – To help homebuilders select the most cost-effective upgrades to meet the guidelines for ENERGY STAR or exceed local residential energy code standards. • Site Visits and Diagnostic Testing – To verify the home is built to the agreed specifications and will earn the ENERGY STAR • Guidance and Support – Including help identifying additional incentives and Federal Tax Credits available to homebuilders for eligible energy-efficient technologies • Technical Training – Including workshops and in-field training about cost-effective, energy-efficient construction practices.Massachusetts New Homes with ENERGY STAR®
  28. 28. Marketing Assistance • Consumer Web site – Drive homebuyers to ENERGY STAR communities and homebuilder partner Web sites • Free Real Estate Listings – For your ENERGY STAR qualified homes on www.energystarhomes.com • Marketing Staff Support – To successfully integrate ENERGY STAR into corporate messaging • Marketing Materials – Access to the national ENERGY STAR marketing and sales toolsMassachusetts New Homes with ENERGY STAR®
  29. 29. Massachusetts New Homes with ENERGY STAR Eligibility RequirementsMassachusetts New Homes with ENERGY STAR®
  30. 30. Home Eligibility Requirements • Separately metered, new residential construction or total gut rehab • Single-family detached or attached construction, OR multi-family attached construction permitted under the residential code • Electrical service provided by an electric utility sponsor (some exceptions apply for in gas utility sponsor territories) • Construction must be “completed” by December 31, 2009Massachusetts New Homes with ENERGY STAR®
  31. 31. How to Get Started Call 1-800-628-8413 to confirm incentives are available for your project or visit our website at www.energystarhomes.comMassachusetts New Homes with ENERGY STAR®
  32. 32. Thanks to the Sponsors • Bay State Gas • National Grid/KeySpan • Berkshire Gas • New England Gas • Cape Light Compact • NSTAR Electric and Gas • GasNetworks • Western Massachusetts • Massachusetts Electric Technology CollaborativeMassachusetts New Homes with ENERGY STAR®
  33. 33. Gas Efficiency forENERGY STAR Homes MANational Grid/KeySpan 33
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  35. 35. Gas NetworksMA Consortium of Gas Utilities www.gasnetworks.com Rebates on gas saving controls and efficient equipment Training, education and workshops Link to further gas saving resources 35
  36. 36. ENERGY STAR Gas Sponsors promote efficiency Rebates & Incentives On gas saving controls and equipment Additional Support Rater’s Fees: saving builders additional costs Promoting thermal efficiency in all new homes Collaborate with electric utility and efficiency sponsors 36
  37. 37. Requirements for gashomes:• home must be a gas-heated home• meter must be a “residential” meter• constructed within stated time frames 37
  38. 38. Gas Efficiency incentivesENERGY STAR Homes MAHow to boost your home’sperformance via gas efficientinstallations – and get $$ forthe equipment installed. 38
  39. 39. ENERGY STARprogrammable thermostats EPA reports energy savings for every year No mercury compared to dial models Easy to purchase and install $25.00 rebate, max 2MYTH: Instant Savings REALITY: Smart Programming is key 39
  40. 40. High Efficiency Heating EquipmentFurnaces, Steam and Hot Water BoilersUp to 50% of home energy costRebates tied to efficiencyRebates from $100 - $1000MYTH: Too complicated to installREALITY: Experienced contractors in MA 40
  41. 41. High Efficiency Water HeatingIndirect & on-demand modelsRebates linked to efficiency$300 RebateMYTH: Can’t supply enough hot water REALITY: proper sizing is key 41
  42. 42. ENERGY STAR Gas Sponsors potential gas rebate to builder $1,325.00 Plus…$350 - $750 per project for raters’ fees. This, in addition to your performance-based rebate. 42
  43. 43. National Grid/KeySpan Solar Thermal Program15% up to $1500 per home.For gas customers in MASS, NH, NY. 43
  44. 44. National Grid/KeySpan Solar Thermal ProgramSimple Steps to participate 1 – Locate solar installers – www.sebane.org 2 – Installer submits application & quote to reserve funds 3 – After review/inspection, rebate to customerFor questions: solar@keyspanenergy.com 44
  45. 45. KeySpan/National Grid 15% up to $1500.00 Federal Tax Credit 2008:30% off costs, max $ 2,000.00 45
  46. 46. Resources togetstartedSolar incentives by state - www.dsire.orgBasics of SHW - www.eere.energy.govFederal Tax Credits - www.energystar.gov/taxcredits 46
  47. 47. Thank you Diana Duffydduffy@keyspanenergy.com 47
  48. 48. Raphael HerzManager, Green Affordable Housing Initiative 48
  49. 49. MTC and the Trust• Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MTC) administers the Renewable Energy Trust, created in 1997 by the Legislature to: – increase supply & demand for electricity from clean sources, and – promote development of a vibrant Massachusetts renewable energy industry.• Over $250 million in awards; $40+ MM in FY2007• Support for over 1300 clean energy projects, companies, and related activities. – Over 450 solar electric projects installed; ~5 megaWatts – Plus wind, small hydro, fuel cells, biomass, landfill gas• 175+ cities and towns with installations 49
  50. 50. Some Towns Aren’t Eligible for Funds• Source of funds is a surcharge $25 million/yr• Only customers in investor-owned utility service territories: 50
  51. 51. Eligible Renewable Technologies Initiatives support commercially available technologies that use at least 25% of electricity onsite: Small Renewables Initiative Large Onsite Renewables InitiativeSolar PV Solar PV BiomassWind Wind Fuel CellsHydro Hydro 51
  52. 52. Next up: PV Technology Basics• Why Solar photovoltaics (PV)?• How PV works• “Grid-tied” and “net-metering”• Good solar sites Thanks to Terry Dupuis, Solar Works Inc. for the slidesThen• Rebate programs 52
  53. 53. Solar Electric Energy• In one hour, the sun sends energy to this planet to meet all of our energy needs for an entire year• Solar Photovoltaic (PV) cells convert some sunlight energy into electricity • Combine with NE’s high traditional electricity costs… 53
  54. 54. Converting Sunlight to Electricity• Photons strike silicon sandwiches, dislodge electrons• Electrons freed by solar energy travel an electrical circuit• Creates Direct Current (DC) electricity• Has to be inverted to 60 Hz AC – household power 54
  55. 55. Utility-Connected PV Systems means “Grid-Tied”• PV systems parallel the electric utility service – house usually runs on both solar and utility electricity• PV Power will either: – supply home electrical needs, and/or – flow to the grid when PV power exceeds household demand. 55
  56. 56. Net Metering Changes Everything• Sun shining – your home draws power from the array; at night, utility supplies power.• When making more power than using, electric meter “spins” backwards– “netting” power• “Net metering” effectively sells excess PV electricity to the utility - and at retail prices (it’s the law) 56
  57. 57. Decent PV Installation Characteristics• Lots of Sunlight – minimize shading from trees, roof elements, other buildings during solar window: 9AM- 3PM• Newly covered, structurally sound, roof facing near south• ~40° Roof pitch or PV system pitch (flat roofs OK, too) 57
  58. 58. No Shade on Panels! 58
  59. 59. A Tough Roof 59
  60. 60. Urban Flat Roof, Tilted Mounting2.6 kW; 20¢/kWh energy cost; $800/yr annually avoided 60
  61. 61. Ground-Mounted Solar Array 61
  62. 62. Two Rebate Programs• Affordable ENERGY STAR Solar-Powered Homes Program – Building affordable (deed-restricted) housing? – Get rebates underwrite 75% - 80% of PV system• Commonwealth Solar – New Program as of January 62
  63. 63. Affordable Solar-Powered ENERGY STAR® Homes Program• Partnership with Joint Management Committee (JMC) and the Massachusetts New Homes with ENERGY STAR® Program• Roughly $400,000 in incentives left of $1,500,000 program• Homebuilder must build to ENERGY STAR® standards to apply for incentives for renewable energy systems• Affordable (deed-restricted) housing• 33 homes powered by clean energy today!63
  64. 64. Affordable Solar-Powered ENERGY STAR® Homes Program• Incentives: – Base of $6/watt if less than 50% of the units are deed-restricted affordable, or – Base of $7/watt if more than 50% of the units are deed-restricted affordable – Green Building Adder: $1/watt for LEED-H• Obligation: PV installation must automatically report to the MTC Production Tracking System for useful life of system (typically about 20 years)• 1-800-628-8413 64
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  67. 67. Commonwealth Solar: More Clean Energy and Jobs• Executive Administration Goal – Achieve the Governor’s 250 MW by 2017 goal – 4 Year Target: 27 MW by end of 2011• Make it easy… – Non-competitive, rolling rebate application process for all solar projects – Continuous, predictable PV incentives thru 2011 – Ample Funding Available! 67
  68. 68. Commonwealth Solar Funding• $68 million over ~4 years – $40 million from the Renewable Energy Trust – $28 million from Div. of Energy Resources• Minimum Reservations – $16 million through 2011 for state and municipal buildings, including schools – $8 million thru 20111 for residences, including low and moderate-income households. – 1st funding block:$8.5 million, of which $1 million reserved for residences. 68
  69. 69. Commonwealth Solar Residential BenefitsCost Coverage 20% to 60% of typical residential PV SystemEstimated payback 8 to 18 yearsReturn on Investment 4.3% to 13.7%System size cap at 5.0 kW+ Special incentives for moderate-income households 69
  70. 70. PV System Costs 2001 - 2007Systems Rebated by MTC 578Average Installed Cost $37,795Average Capacity (watts) 3890Average $/watt cost $9.73Average Total Award $9,935Average Award - $/watt $2.56 70
  71. 71. Commonwealth SolarInitial Residential Incentive Levels -- So, what’s the rebate??? 71
  72. 72. Calculating PV Rebate - 1• Is it in a Municipal Lighting Plant district?• Does the residence have adequate: – Roof Space? – Structural Roof Strength – Access to sunlight• Or can it be ground-mounted? 72
  73. 73. Calculating PV Rebate - 2• Determine PV Incentive (Total $ & $/watt)• Start with Base Incentive ($2/watt)• Are you using inverter or panels made in Massachusetts? – YES: Add $0.25/watt 73
  74. 74. Calculating PV Rebate - 3Does the residence meet the Moderate HomeValue criteria? County Moderate Home Value Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, ≤ $300,000 and Hampshire Bristol, Suffolk, and Worcester ≤ $350,000 Barnstable, Duke, Essex, ≤ $400,000 Middlesex, Nantucket, Norfolk, and Plymouth YES: Add $1.25 per watt 74
  75. 75. Calculating PV Rebate - 3Does the Property Owner meet the ModerateIncome criteria? Household Income Criteria Rebate Adder Less than or equal to $76,296 Add $2 per (MA median household income) watt Between $76,296 and $91,552 Add $1 per (up to 120 of MA median watt household income) 75
  76. 76. Sample Rebate CalculationTotal System Size (watts) 3600Base Incentive ($/watt) $2.00MA Company Components $0.25Moderate Home Value $1.25Moderate Household Income $1.00Rebate ($) $16,200Rebate ($/watt dc)‫‏‬ $4.50 76
  77. 77. Small Hydro and Small Wind System Costs 2001 - 2007 Hydro WindNumber of Systems 2 99Average Installed Cost $89,981 $36,531Average Capacity (watts)‫‏‬ 50.1 5.96Average $/watt cost $1.77 $6.13Average Total Award $28,000 $21,598Average Award - $/watt $0.55 $3.62 77
  78. 78. For more information…• Commonwealth Solar: http://www.masstech.org/solar• MTC Affordable Housing website: http://www.masstech.org/ renewableenergy/afford_housing.htm• Green Affordable Housing Raphael Herz at MTC: (508) 870-0312 x1205 herz@masstech.org 78
  79. 79. Clean Energy.It’s Real. It’s Here. It’s Working. 79
  80. 80. Thank YouThis concludes The American Institute ofArchitects Continuing Education Systems Program QUESTIONS? 80
  81. 81. For more information…• For a copy of this presentation visit: http://www.masstech.org/ renewableenergy/afford_housing.htm• Michael Berry, ICF International: 774.212.2785 - mberry@icfi.com• Diana Duffy, KeySpan: dduffy@keyspanenergy.com• Raphael Herz, MTC 508.870.0312x1205 - herz@masstech.org 81

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