Passive House Incentives

If you are constructing multi-family buildings (five units or more), you could earn significant energy savings from the Sponsors of Mass Save who provide incentives and assistance. Builders and developers can get certification and performance incentives to help them attain the Passive House certification or similar levels of efficiency. The launch occurred in August 2019, and since then over 60 studies have been completed, and 86 buildings, with over 5,500 units, are on track for Passive House certification by 2023.

If you are concerned about energy usage and resiliency, then Passive House building techniques can help by providing significant and long-lasting primary energy savings compared to homes built to conventional building codes. Feasibility studies and energy modeling are amongst the technical support provided by the Sponsors of Mass Save, along with financial incentives to cover the incremental cost of building to, or exceeding these standards. We provide incentive payments aligned with the feasibility, design, and construction phases to reduce the risk a developer may perceive in pursuing these standards.

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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