Residential, Small-Scale, and Commercial Solar Hot Water incentive amounts decreased as of January 1, 2020. Any complete applications submitted on or after January 1, 2020 will be considered under the incentive levels listed below.
MassCEC will continue accepting applications to the Whole-Home Air-Source Heat Pump Pilot Program until December 18, 2020 or until all funding is committed
The Passive House Design Challenge has awarded 8 projects for a total of 540 housing units. It is currently closed to additional applicants.
MassCEC seeks to demonstrate that multi-family affordable housing that meets Passive House standards can be built at a low- to no-cost premium in Massachusetts. The Passive House Design Challenge made awards of up to $4,000 per unit for 8 new construction affordable housing developments that are seeking Massachusetts Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC). The goal of the program is to demonstrate that new construction can be built with a less than 3% cost premium.
Passive House is a green building certification that ensures extremely high levels of energy efficiency and the provision of fresh air for ventilation. Multi-family buildings built to the Passive House standard generally use 40% less total energy than energy stretch code-compliant buildings. The annual energy use of 8-12 Passive House multi-family apartments is roughly equivalent to the average existing single-family suburban home in Massachusetts.
Passive House buildings achieve:
Drastically lower energy use and operational cost savings
Healthy fresh air quality from ventilation systems
Consistent and comfortable room temperatures without air drafts
Increased natural lighting and quieter acoustic conditions
A more resilient and comfortable building
Lower energy demand, which can be easily provided by solar power, creating a pathway to a net-zero or net-positive building