New Homes Performance Program
The New Homes Performance program was introduced in October of 2017 and offers incentives to builders who increase the energy efficiency of newly built homes at least 10% above current Washington State Energy Code standards. Homebuyers have the opportunity to purchase a home from a participating builder that is constructing homes to this higher standard. Homebuyers also have the opportunity to work with a participating builder to help choose which energy efficient measures will be incorporated when building a custom home. To qualify for this program the home must be 3rd-party certified to assure that all of the programs requirements were satisfied.
Washington State’s Energy Code is one of the strictest energy codes in the nation and already has many energy efficiency requirements that builders have to adhere to. So adding another 10% actually takes a great deal of effort by the builders. In addition to the savings customers receive on their energy bills, homes built to higher standards of energy efficiency are more sustainable, build better neighborhoods, and lessen the environmental impact of the home.
Since the program’s inception in October 2017, over 500 homes have been built to at least 10% above the standard with builders receiving paid incentives.
There are many energy efficiency programs available that builders can choose to participate in. A great source for information on energy efficient building in the northwest is www.betterbuiltnw.com
The following links from Better Built NW are great sources of information on energy efficient construction:
Another source for information in Clark County is offered by the Southwest Washington Building Industry Association. A group of local professionals has formed the Green Building Council for the sole purpose of cultivating, unifying and promoting the green building industry in Clark County. www.vancouvergreenbuilding.com
If you’re considering building, or buying a newly built home, consider choosing a home built to the energy efficiency standards of Clark Public Utilities New Homes Performance program. You will find a list of the builders participating in the program below.
NEEM Manufactured Homes Program
The Northwest Energy-Efficient Manufactured Housing Program™ (NEEM) is a collaborative effort between the home builders, retailers and utilities across the northwest that has certified over 240,000 of the most energy efficient manufactured homes ever built. The NEEM Program’s objective third party quality assurance means homes perform as expected.
NEEM is one of two organizations recognized by the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR® program as a Quality Assurance Provider, able to certify that manufactured homes are built to qualify for the ENERGY STAR. More than half of new manufactured home buyers in the northwest choose homes with NEEM ENERGY STAR certification.
The NEEM team works closely with the manufactured home builders in the Northwest, always looking for cost effective ways to improve quality, durability and energy efficiency. They engage in research and direct the construction of prototype homes that incorporate new materials and technologies in search of ways to do things better. Their latest efforts have come to market as an enhanced set of specifications that go beyond ENERGY STAR requirements with smart technologies to deliver even more energy savings.
Learn more at https://www.neemhomes.com/
Clark Public Utilities offers incentives to customers that purchase NEEM homes sited in Clark County.
- $1,200 rebate for NEEM 1.1 certified homes
- $1,400 rebate for NEEM 2.0/NEEM+ homes
Process for Collecting the Rebate
- Print and complete the NEEM program rebate form
- Deliver the completed NEEM program rebate form, a copy of the sales invoice and the NEEM certificate of compliance to Clark Public Utilities via email to [email protected] or by mail to Clark Public Utilities, Attn: Rebates, PO Box 8900, Vancouver, WA 98668
To learn more, contact a Clark Public Utilities Energy Counselor today at [email protected] or 360-992-3355.
Local Participating Manufactured Home Retailers
J & M Homes LLC
1351 Pacific Ave
Woodland, WA 98674
1650 Atlantic Ave
Woodland, WA 98674