Builder incentives for projects 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 currently offers the following incentives:

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.

Builders are eligible for a $500 cash incentive* on gas-heated ENERGY STAR® or Earth Advantage® certified homes. Along with the $500 incentive, building a certified home brings its own set of benefits:

  • Market Advantage—Today’s homebuyers are savvier than ever, and energy efficiency ranks high on their wish list. Distinguish your homes by building above code and certifying your homes with ENERGY STAR or Earth Advantage®.
  • Higher customer satisfaction—Certified homes provide superior comfort and better overall performance thanks to their energy-efficient features.
  • Access to builder resources—Certification organizations such as ENERGY STAR and Earth Advantage® offer tools and resources to help you reach certification and meet efficiency requirements.
  • Have questions about how to submit your application? Check out our list of quick tips to make the process easier.

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, option 1, or email

*Incentive requirements:

  • Only Energy Trust New Homes trade allies are eligible. To qualify, homes must be served by NW Natural in southwest Washington.
  • Limit one incentive per home.
  • Projects must be certified by December 31, 2015.
  • Incentives are subject to change.