The Section 45L Tax Credit for Energy Efficient New Homes has been updated and extended through 2032. New single-family and manufactured homes acquired on or after January 1, 2023, are eligible to receive a Tax Credit when they meet ENERGY STAR Version 3.1 Program Requirements ($2500), or receive DOE Zero Energy Ready Homes certification ($5000). Multifamily homes are available for a tax credit of $500/$1000, or $2,500/$5000 when prevailing wage requirements are also met.
“Zero Energy Ready Homes are the home of the future because they live, work, and last better with incredibly low or no energy costs. And what’s exciting for American homebuyers, they are available today thanks to leading builders across the country.”
Samuel Rashkin, Chief Architect for DOE Building Technologies Office
The DOE Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) is a compelling way to recognize builders for their leadership in increasing energy efficiency, improving indoor air quality, and making homes zero energy ready. The program builds upon the comprehensive building science requirements of ENERGY STAR® for Homes, along with proven Building America innovations and best practices. Other special attribute programs are incorporated to help builders reach unparalleled levels of performance with homes designed to last hundreds of years.
Zero Energy Ready Home leverages proven innovations from U.S. Department of Energy research that can significantly benefit all housing stakeholders:
The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 significantly modified the §45L Tax Credit for homes sold or leased in 2023 and onward. New homes that meet ENERGY STAR requirements are eligible for…» Read more
New homes that meet ENERGY STAR and Indoor AirPLUS requirements are eligible to earn DOE ZERO ENERGY READY HOME certification. Third party verification is a central component of the DOE ZERO ENERGY READY guidelines and and gives homebuyers and renters confidence that their new homes are energy efficient and healthful.
ICS works closely with builders and developers to design homes and multifamily buildings that meet the Program Requirements and verify critical construction details during and after construction. We understand that your bottom-line matters, and our team of experts are specially trained to find the most cost effective path to meet new performance standards without sacrificing your integrity. Contact us today and find out why ICS is the fastest growing rating company in the US.
The first step to becoming a Zero Energy Ready Home partner is to register. The Zero Energy Ready Home program offers partnerships for builders, verifiers (raters), architects and designers, and innovation partners (manufacturers and organizations). Upon registration, all partners are required to take the Zero Energy Ready Home Orientation Webinar.
Once you have registered as a partner, and completed the Zero Energy Ready Home Orientation Webinar, you will be listed on the Partner Locator tool. For more information on registration and the partnership visit our Partner Central page.
Hear what builders are saying about DOE ZERH…
We have a very high customer satisfaction since we converted to sustainable green home building.
Over the last decade we've developed practices that allow us to build net-zero-energy homes for the same price as traditionally constructed homes. Sometimes, we are able to build them for even less. Our services are in high demand.
High-end house are neat and fun but I'm trying to show you can do this with affordable homes too; you just need a tight envelope and good HVAC. No reason why this shouldn't be done across the board. None at all!
I like the DOE ZERH program because it is pushing the envelope and the market toward more efficient construction. The biggest reward with DOE ZERH construction is creating something that wasn't there before and that will be there for a long time for the good. We're bringing visions and dreams to life.
It's a win-win experience. A balance approach utilizing proven technology and easily applied building science techniques make it possible to build the next generation of solar homes, while remaining affordable for the customer.
The DOE Zero Energy Ready Home program has set a standard that is truly 'best in class.' It is pulling our industry towards a quality revolution. The ZERH process of checklists and procedures helps us build better homes. We leave nothing to happenstance. When it comes to quality, we want every T crossed, every I dotted.
What I like about the DOE ZERH program is the clear overlap with ENERGY STAR, the fantastic support, and the promotion of zero net energy. Our customers are thrilled to be improving their building performance, reducing environmental impacts and pollution, and reducing maintenance. In most cases, we find building to zero net energy ready levels in not a significant added cost.-
Our ZERH projects have less call-backs for moisture and infiltration...We pass our local inspections faster and more reliably.
A healthier place to live, with lower utility bills and less impact on the environment. As soon as this is understood, there is no need for us to sell our homes. They sell themselves because once people understand, then there is only one choice to make!