The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) seeks to demonstrate multi-family affordable housing built to Passive House standards in Massachusetts at a low-to no cost premium.   The Passive House Design Challenge will make awards of up to $4,000 per unit for approximately 5-7 new construction affordable housing developments that are seeking Massachusetts Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC). 

  • The proposed project must be located within the service territory of an Eligible Electric Provider

  • An Applicant must be an owner of the proposed multi-family affordable housing development

  • Projects must be seeking Mass. Low Income Housing Tax Credits (9% and/or 4%)

  • 100% of the units must be LIHTC or Workforce Housing

  • Mixed-use buildings with first floor commercial space are eligible

  • Buildings must be new construction projects

  • Buildings musts be 25 units or more

Passvie House Design Challenge Solicitation Here. 

Potential applicants are encouraged to submit written questions to Beverly Craig at  Questions and responses will be posted on this page under FAQ.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and evaluated every 2-3 months.  Applications should be coordinated with Department of Housing and Community Development’s application for Low Income Housing Tax Credits.

This Program is designed to demonstrate that multi-family affordable housing can be built to Passive House standards in Massachusetts at a low to no cost premium with a target of a maximum of a three percent maximum cost premium.  

  • Certification with Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) or Passive House Institute (PHI) are both acceptable
  • Grant recipients will need to track incremental cost of proceeding with Passive House design.  (For example, cost of energy code requirements for ventilation vs. those for Passive House ventilation; Cost of heating and cooling system required to meet the energy code in a traditionally insulated building vs. cost of mechanical system in a Passive House designed building).

Beverly Craig, Senior Project Manager Low & Moderate Income Programs-