Is anyone "modeling" Homes to achieve the 2011 Federal Tax Credit? In our climate zone (2), Im trying to get a handle on the "Must Do's" to pass in REMRATE vs Energy Star 2.5/3.0
Any Help appreciated

Views: 255

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Going from Energy Star to tax credit level in Washington State may not require any addition measures depending on which compliance pathway you choose. To qualify my statement, the "Northwest Energy Star" requirements are more stringent than national because of the higher requirements of the Starr codes.
I would suggest modeling after the NW Estar program and see if anything additional is needed.
Lastly, if you are making suggestions to builders on how to build to that standard, ducts in conditioned space or mini split along with a better wall system are no brainers in my book.
Hope this helps"
Tyson
Thanks for taking the time to reply
Has this tax credit program been extended beyond the end of 2011?

We too are located in Washington State and have found that most homes built to the "NW Energy Star V 2.5" requirements meet the Federal tax credit.  The exception is a ranch style house meeting the bare ES minimums - they usually have to upgrade the equipment/windows beyond ES.  The requirements can be found at http://www.northwestenergystar.com/partners and look/click on the BOP1 for gas homes or BOP2 for electric homes.

We have heard differing opinions whether the tax credit will extend into 2012 - not likely though, seeing the stagnation that Congress is experiencing.  They can't seem to get anything done that benefits OUR country. :(

 

The rebate is tied to heating/cooling energy usage. I've simulated a lot of different things trying to determine what makes the biggest impact for Atlanta - Zone 3, and equipment efficiency seems to have the biggest impact. 15 SEER with a 95% furnace (or 9.0 HSPF heat pump) usually gets a home over the hump here. If the ducts are in the attic, duct leakage makes a big impact too. CFL's also have a large impact in REMRate. I have found that it will be very hard to get there without the equipment upgrade though.

 

The current extension is set to expire at the end of this year. Not sure if another extension is in the works. Of course we didn't get the current one until December of last year and it covers all of 2010 and 2011. The DSIRE website (www.dsireusa.org) has a good explanation. It's under the Federal Rebates section: second one under "Corporate Tax Credit".

 

Hope that helps.

Jeffrey

RSS

Home Energy Pros

Home Energy Pros was founded by the developers of Home Energy Saver Pro (sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy,) and brought to you in partnership with Home Energy magazine.

Latest Activity

Maria Lacey replied to Linda Wigington's discussion Low-cost electricity monitoring: Accuracy & Applications in the group 1000 Home Challenge
"I attempted to use an AZTech device. I have used the Watt Stopper, Watts Up Pro, Kill-A-Watt…"
1 hour ago
Maria Lacey joined David Eggleton's group
Thumbnail

1000 Home Challenge

Linda Wigington distinguished between deep retrofits & deep energy reductions, thus expanding…See More
1 hour ago
Profile IconCynthia Sandherr, James Skeldon, Mathew Castel and 3 more joined Home Energy Pros
4 hours ago
Andy Li replied to David Parker's discussion Energy auditor equipment for sale- blower door, duct tester,combustion analyzer in the group Energy Auditing Equipment for Sale, Trade or to Purchase
"Is Minneapolis Duct Blaster still available? send some photos and how much do you ask for? my…"
7 hours ago
Andy Li joined allen p tanner's group
Thumbnail

Energy Auditing Equipment for Sale, Trade or to Purchase

Discuss the pros and cons of the equipment you are interested in prior to purchase. Post equipment…See More
7 hours ago
Tom White posted a video

Nexus eWater System

Unlocking the Power of Grey Water: Nexus eWater System
8 hours ago
Hal Skinner replied to Richard Beyer's discussion What's your opinion on the best insulation option for your GREEN attic space?
"Mornin Richard, Maybe 'Options' might be more appropriate here?  We take the path…"
9 hours ago
Richard Beyer posted a discussion
10 hours ago

© 2014   Created by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service