New Construction

The Energy-Smart Homes program can help to maximize incentives without disrupting construction timelines for single family and multifamily low-rise projects.

Single Family, Duplex, Townhome, and ADU
Multifamily Low-Rise
Prerequisites

Single Family, Duplex, Townhome, and ADU

Multifamily Low-Rise

All-Electric New Construction Incentives

Energy-Smart Homes offers de-escalating base incentives depending on the project’s year of completion. To be eligible for incentives, projects must be all-electric and meet all applicable federal, state, and local laws and codes.

All-Electric New Construction 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026
 Single Family/Duplex/Townhome (per unit) $3,500 $3,500 $2,100 $1,850 $1,600
Multifamily/ADUs (per unit) $1,750 $1,750 $1,350 $1,100 $1,000

Program funds are limited. Incentives are available on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are no longer available.

New Construction Program Prerequisites

New Construction Single Family, Duplex, Townhome

  • Communicating thermostats
  • Segregated circuits
  • Electric vehicle charging infrastructure pre-wiring in accordance with CALGreen Building Code EV ready requirements
  • Battery storage readiness
  • Thermostatic mixing valves

New Construction ADUs

  • Communicating thermostats
  • Segregated circuits

New Construction Multifamily Low-Rise

  • Communicating thermostats
  • Segregated circuits
  • Electric vehicle charging infrastructure pre-wiring in accordance with CALGreen Building Code EV ready requirements
  • Battery storage readiness
  • Thermostatic mixing valves

Communicating thermostats

Energy-Smart Homes requires communicating thermostats in single family homes and low-rise multifamily dwelling units to have the following capabilities:

  • Programmable and Wi-Fi capable, allowing occupants to remotely adjust temperature with a smartphone or other device
  • Auto demand response (ADR) capability

Segregated circuits

Energy-Smart Homes requires the segregation of the following electrical circuits in single family homes and low-rise multifamily dwellings:

  • Lighting including exit and egress lighting and exterior lighting
  • HVAC systems and components including furnaces, package units, whole-house fans, chillers, air handling units, cooling towers, and circulation pumps associated with HVAC
  • Domestic andservicewater systempumps and related systems and components
  • Plug loadincluding appliances rated less than 25 kVA
  • Charging stations for electric vehicles

For segregated circuits, no plug load, lighting load, or appliances (including but not limited to dishwasher, dryer, refrigerator, clothes washer, oven, whole house fan, furnace/heat pump, water heater, sump pumps, etc.) can share a common circuit. This means that any one circuit can only serve a lighting load, a plug load, or a single major appliance.

Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure (not required for ADUs)

Energy-Smart Homes requires single family homes and multifamily buildings to comply with Section 4.106.4.2 of the California Green Building Standards Code, Title 24, Part 11 for space, location, size, and number of electric vehicles. EV Capable parking spaces have electrical panel capacity, a dedicated branch circuit, a raceway to the EV parking spot, and wiring to support the future installation of EV charging stations.

Battery storage readiness (not required for ADUs or Multifamily Low-Rise projects)

Energy-Smart Homes requires new single-family homes to include a minimum 225-amp busbar, four backed-up circuits (two of which must be the refrigerator and bedroom receptacle outlet), and either a subpanel or split-bus main panel for those circuits.

Thermostatic mixing valves (not required for ADUs)

Energy-Smart Homes requires all heat pump water heaters installed in single family homes and low-rise multifamily units to be equipped with thermostatic mixing valves.

NEW FOR MULTIFAMILY LOW-RISE PROJECTS

Central Heat Pump Water Heater Targeted Measures

Central Heat Pump Water Heater Target Measure Incentive
Central System Design (per project/developer) 
Full MEP Design and documentation
$20,000
Central System Installation (per installed unit) $1,500

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