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Massachusetts New Homes with ENERGY STAR

Savings Category 
Programmable Thermostats
Duct/Air sealing
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Other EE
Maximum Rebate 


Program Info
Sector Name 
ICF International
Funding Source 

Energy Efficiency Fund (Public Benefits Fund)

Program Type 
Rebate Program
Rebate Amount 

Varies depending on type of housing (single or multi-family) and measures taken/tier achieved

In Massachusetts, home builders constructing new homes in territories of sponsoring utilities and energy efficiency service providers* can receive up to $7,000 in incentives for building a home more efficient than the typical Massachusetts home.

The incentives offered in the Massachusetts program vary depending on the tier level achieved and the type of housing. The incentives listed here are for single-family (detached or up to 4-attached units) homes. For the multi-family incentives, see the MassSave website.

There are two options for participation in the program: the prescriptive path and the performance path. The prescriptive path requires certain energy efficiency measures to be taken in order to receive the incentive, while the performance path requires a certain percentage improvement over the 2012 Massachusetts baseline home and compliance with sections 3 and 5 of the ENERGY STAR Thermal Enclosure System Rater Checklist (TESRC) or Thermal Bypass Checklist (TBC).

Details on prescriptive path requirements for each option can be found here. Prescriptive path incentives are as follows:

  • Prescriptive Option I: $1,250
  • Prescriptive Option 2: $7,000

Performance path incentives are as follows: 

  • Tier I (15% improvement): $750
  • Tier II (30% improvement): $1,250
  • Tier III (45% improvement): $7,000

Building an ENERGY STAR qualified home is encouraged, but not required in order to earn rebates. However, an additional $25 incentive is available for ENERGY STAR-certified projects. 

To participate and become eligible for the incentives, the home builder must first contact the program. They also must select and work with a Home Energy Rating Service (HERS) Rater. A supplement is available to help with the cost of working with a HERS Rater. Once the builder has selected and met with the HERS Rater, the builder can apply to the program, and a reservation for incentives is made. Once the home has been built and met the qualifications as determined by the final HERS Rater inspection, the rebate payment will be processed.

*Sponsoring utilities, that support the program through rate-payer collected funds, include Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, Berkshire Gas, Cape Light Compact, National Grid, NSTAR Electric and Gas, Liberty Utilities, Unitil, and Western Massachusetts Electric.