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 bcraig@masscec.com.  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-  bcraig@masscec.com