Passive House Incentives

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The Sponsors of Mass Save offer incentives and assistance to support the construction of multi-family buildings (five units or more) with deep energy savings. Certification and performance incentives are available to assist builders and developers in achieving Passive House certification or similar levels of efficiency. Since the launch in August 2019, over 60 studies have been completed, and 86 buildings, with over 5,500 units, are on track for Passive House certification by 2023.

Passive House building techniques address energy usage and resiliency, resulting in significant and long-lasting primary energy savings compared to homes built to conventional building codes. The Sponsors of Mass Save provide technical support in the form of feasibility studies and energy modeling as well as financial incentives to cover the incremental cost of building to, or exceeding, these standards. We structured our offerings to reduce the risk a developer may perceive in pursuing these standards by providing incentive payments aligned with the feasibility, design, and construction phases. 

What is Passive House?

This refers to the ultimate goal in high efficiency design: buildings that minimize energy consumption and have added comfort and durability features. Passive House design focuses on robust insulation and air tightness, high-performing glazing, and simplified mechanical systems, to achieve significantly lower energy use, while creating a comfortable and durable space for inhabitants. The Passive House Institute (PHI) and the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) established two independent standards and provide certifications for such buildings: The PHIUS+ Passive Building standard and the International Passive House Standard.

Are you eligible?

Our incentives are available for buildings enrolled during the early stages of design, prior to reaching 100% schematic design. To be eligible for incentives, participants must pursue certification of their multi-family building and agree to monitor and provide data on whole-building gas and electric consumption as well as on-site generation production. Participants must hire a consultant certified through either PHI or PHIUS to conduct a feasibility study and to serve as a consultant throughout the design and certification process. To receive post-construction incentives, your building must first be pre-certified.

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