Incentives for Builders in Southwest Washington

Energy Trust supports efforts to build beyond code, improving the energy efficiency of new homes in southwest Washington. Builders and subcontractors operating in this region are eligible to receive incentives for installing energy-efficient upgrades in newly built homes in NW Natural’s service territory. You must be an Energy Trust New Homes trade ally to qualify.

Become an Energy Trust trade ally

Enrolling is easy—membership is free and open to Washington State Department of Labor and Industries licensed and insured contractors building new single-family residences in NW Natural service territory in southwest Washington. By becoming an Energy Trust trade ally, you can distinguish yourself in a competitive market and you’ll be eligible to receive cash incentives for newly built homes that meet specific energy-efficiency requirements.

Steps to becoming a New Homes trade ally builder:

Energy Trust incentives:

Starting in February 2016, EPSTM will be available for newly built homes heated by NW Natural in southwest Washington. Previous Energy Trust incentives for new home construction meeting ENERGY STAR® or Earth Advantage certification will expire on April 30, 2016 and be replaced by incentives for homes receiving an EPS. The water heating incentive will still be available for homes not receiving an EPS.

EPSTM

EPS is a scoring system that estimates a home’s energy consumption, utility costs and carbon footprint. It also serves as a pathway and promotional tool for builders who understand the added value of homes that use energy wisely. If you’re a builder who strives to build quality, comfort and efficiency into your homes, EPS is a tremendous resource that benefits both you and the homebuyer.

Meet Washington EPS requirements and receive cash incentives of up to $900* per home. Participating verifiers can also receive a $100 cash incentive for each qualifying EPS home submitted to the program.

How to apply for an EPS

  1. Submit your home plans to a program-approved verifier for a consultation and project modeling. Click here to search for a verifier in your area.
  2. Your verifier will use energy modeling software to estimate the energy savings of the home. Then, the verifier will estimate your incentive amount. By working with your verifier to select additional gas energy-efficiency measures, you can improve the home’s EPS and earn more incentives.
  3. Your verifier will inspect your home and perform diagnostic tests to evaluate energy performance.
  4. Once the home has been built and verified, your verifier will update the project model with inspection details and performance results, confirm your incentives and issue the final EPS.

*Incentive requirements:

  • Only Energy Trust New Homes trade allies are eligible.
  • To qualify, homes must be primarily heated with gas provided by NW Natural.
  • Limit one incentive per home.
  • Incentives are subject to funding availability and may change.

ENERGY STAR and Earth Advantage Homes

Available until April 30, 2016, builders are eligible for a $500 cash incentive* on gas-heated ENERGY STAR® or Earth Advantage® certified homes.

To apply for Energy Trust’s southwest Washington builder incentives, download the Washington Incentive Application (Form 620WA) and follow the directions listed on the application. For more information, contact the trade ally coordinator at 1.888.354.2604 or email us.

*Incentive requirements:

  • Only Energy Trust New Homes trade allies are eligible.
  • To qualify, homes must be primarily heated with gas provided by NW Natural.
  • Limit one incentive per home.
  • Homes must be certified by April 30, 2016.
  • Incentives are subject to funding availability and may change.

Water Heating

Builders or subcontractors are eligible for a $150 cash incentive* for installing a tank gas water heater (must meet or exceed 0.67 EF) in a newly built home.

To apply for Energy Trust’s southwest Washington builder incentives, download the Washington Incentive Application (Form 620WA) and follow the directions listed on the application. For more information, contact the trade ally coordinator at 1.888.354.2604 or email us.

*Incentive requirements:

  • Only Energy Trust New Homes trade allies are eligible.
  • To qualify, a home's water must be heated with gas provided by NW Natural.
  • Limit one incentive per home.
  • Projects must be installed by December 31, 2016.
  • This incentive is not available to homes receiving an EPS.
  • Incentives are subject to funding availability and may change.