City of Akron - New Residential Construction Energy Rebate Program

Incentive type: 
Energy Efficiency
Technologies: 

Rebate amount is based on the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) rating of the new home.  Various energy efficient technologies and renewable energy systems contributing to a lower HERS rating may apply.  Building Integrated Photovoltaic or Solar Thermal Technologies are recommended. 

Date: 

Funds will be available January 2011 thru June 2011. Construction must be completed by December 2011. Rebates will be committed on a first come, first served basis.

Sectors: 
Residential
Amount: 

Rebates range from $15,000 to $25,000 for qualified new houses.

Rebate levels are as follows:
HERS Rating
50 -41 = $15,000
40 -31 = $17,500
30 -21 = $20,000
20 -11 = $22,500
10 or below = $25,000

Contact Information: 

Kurt Mulhauser
City of Akron Department of Planning and Urban Development
(330) 375-2696
kmulhauser@akronohio.gov

The City of Akron Energy Efficient Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) is a federal program initiated through the U.S. Department of Energy and funded through the American Relief and Recovery Act of 2009. The City of Akron has budgeted $350,000 for the Residential Energy New Construction Rebate Program.

This program establishes financial incentives to assist prospective individual private property home owners with new residential single-family home construction projects with energy efficiency benchmarks. The incentives are designed to make the building process more affordable as the home owner pursues energy efficient and/or renewable technologies. In addition, the home owner will incur lesser annual and lifetime operating expenses.

Applicants will be required to follow the Department of Energy’s E-Scale performance path based on the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) to indicate a home’s efficiency. The city of Akron requires that new construction achieve a minimum of 50 on the E-Scale – indicating the home is 50% more efficient than a typical newly built home. In addition, the home must be rated by third-party verifier from the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET). Those recommended for the area are Building Integrated Photovoltaic or Solar Thermal Technologies. The City of Akron recommends non-profit Green Energy Ohio as an addition resource for exploring the financial and technical aspects of renewable energy projects.

The city of Akron will provide cash rebates to builders or homeowners for energy efficient new home construction. Rebates come in the form of a check to the applicant that meets benchmark for required energy efficiency in the newly constructed home.

This rebate is offered to consumers who are in the process or who are planning to build a new single family residential home. Rebates range from $15,000 to $25,000 for qualified new houses. The home must meet the minimum standard as indicated by the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code. To get the rebate, the home must rate a 50 or less on the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index scoring system established by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET). Throughout construction of your new home several inspections will be needed to be made to ensure efficiency standards are in place.