New Home Construction

New Home Construction

When you design for energy efficiency from day one, you build homes that are easier to keep cool in summer and easier to heat in winter. You also build homes that are more comfortable, inviting and enjoyable for the families that will call them home.

With our New Home Construction program, you can earn up to $2,000 in rebates when you build to ENERGY STAR® standards. As an alternative to ENERGY STAR, a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) rebate will be available for single-family homes and townhomes that achieve a 56 or lower HERS score.

Build an ENERGY STAR certified home and we'll provide you with double the rebate! See Incentive Chart for details.

What is ENERGY STAR certification?

ENERGY STAR homes are built to meet the highest U.S. Environmental Protection Agency energy efficiency guidelines and include the latest energysaving equipment and features. Rebates are paid based on achieving ENERGY STAR certification and a given home’s Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index score.

What is a HERS Index score?

As the industry standard for measuring a home’s energy efficiency, the HERS Index scores a home based on comprehensive software modeling and in-person testing. The lower the score, the more efficient the home. On average, Consumers Energy ENERGY STAR homes score 47% better than typical homes.

Your ENERGY STAR home buyers will enjoy the following benefits for years to come:

  • Reduced energy bills — certified homes deliver approximately 20% savings on annual energy bills according to ENERGY STAR.
  • Higher resale value — certified homes sell at a higher premium than comparable homes that don't have an ENERGY STAR rating.
  • Improved indoor air quality.
  • A more comfortable home environment for higher customer satisfaction.
  • Help protect Michigan's environment by participating in the Clean Energy Plan for years to come.

Visit ENERGY STAR to learn more

As a Participating Builder, you can experience:

  • A distinguished presence by leading ENERGY STAR market transformation.
  • Enhanced customer satisfaction.
  • Improved reputation for a commitment to energy efficiency.
  • Financial incentives, onsite technical training, and marketing and sales collateral to educate homebuyers.

Consumers Energy is proud to support ENERGY STAR and Michigan builders with rebates for energy efficient homes.

For more information on becoming a Consumers Energy New Home Construction Builder, email CENewHomes@icf.com or visit our website for more information.

Program Updates

TECHNICAL BULLETIN: MECHANICAL VENTILATION STRATEGIES

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

A new bulletin has been added to the Consumers Energy and DTE Energy Energy Efficiency Learning Center (EELC).

ENERGY STAR® SCHOLARSHIP FOR RESIDENTIALHVAC CONTRACTORS &  HERS RATERS

Monday, January 10, 2022

Consumers Energy partnered with Environmental Protection Agency-recognized third-party training organizations to launch a one-year ENERGY STAR® Scholarship Pilot Program. To grow our highly-skilled trades network, Consumers Energy will provide 2022 ENERGY STAR scholarships, valued at $1,050 each, to 15 HVAC contractors and 5 RESNET® certified raters who sign up. We encourage you to spread awareness of this offering to your trades.

ENERGY STAR® SCHOLARSHIP FOR RESIDENTIAL HERS RATERS

Monday, January 10, 2022

Consumers Energy partnered with Environmental Protection Agency-recognized third-party training organizations to launch a one-year ENERGY STAR® Scholarship Pilot Program. To grow our highly-skilled trades network, Consumers Energy will provide 2022 ENERGY STAR scholarships, valued at$500 each, to 5 RESNET® certified raters.

CONSUMERS ENERGY NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION PROGRAM 2021-2022 TRANSITION UPDATES

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Thank you for your continued support of the New Home Construction (NHC) Program. Payments for applications submitted to the Program will resume January 2022. The last date to submit projects with final HERS Ratings completed in 2021 is February 28, 2022.

TECHNICAL BULLETIN: PROPERLY AIR SEALING TRAY CEILINGS

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

It is critical to ensure proper air sealing throughout the entire home to meet infiltration code requirements and to receive additional incentives from the New Homes Programs. For example, it is common for the attic air barrier between the home and the unconditioned attic to not be adequately sealed, particularly if there are challenging framing aspects.

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