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Incentives & "Bonus Kickers"

Baseline Financial Incentive

The baseline entry level of the program is 15% above the 2008 Title 24 building code, with the incentive payments based on the final 2008 T-24 reports created and signed by a Certified Energy Plans Examiners (CEPE) and verified by a third-party HERS Rater.

The incentives increase incrementally as the performance of the structure increases. Multi-family projects in PG&E’s service area are covered under another program. Please see 2010-2012 Participant Handbook and Program Agreement for Single-Family and Multi-Family New Construction Projects (pdf) for contact information.

A calculator for the incentives is provided in the Agreement and based on the Utility calculation forms generated by the input file. Applicants may be required to demonstrate the viability of the project they are submitting. The structure of the baseline financial incentives is as follows:


CAHP Incentive Rates 2010-2012

Incentives and "Bonus Kickers"

Additional incentives are available to California Advanced Homes Program participants who increase the energy efficiency of their projects. These "bonus kickers" and incentives apply to design teams, solar projects that reduce peak demand and residential new construction projects that achieve ENERGY STAR®, Green Home and Compact Home certification.

Incentives begin when a home is designed to be a minimum of 15% better than the 2008 Title 24 Energy Code.

  • The minimum incentive is $1.72/therm, $0.43/kWh and $75/kW saved.
  • The incentive levels continue to increase until performance is 45% above code.
  • At that level, the incentives would be $5.14/therm, $1.29/kWh and $225/kW.

In addition to the base incentives, the following "bonus kicker" incentives are now available:

  • Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR® for Homes bonus - 10% Bonus for builders who achieve final certification in the ENERGY STAR program.
  • Green Building Program bonus – 10% bonus for homes participating in recognized programs. At this time, these are the California Green Builder, Green Point Rated and LEED-H.
  • Compact Home bonus – 15% bonus for building homes that are smaller than the CAHP published baseline square footage. This baseline will be determined by type of building and number of bedrooms, and will be updated annually.
  • kW Reduction bonus – This bonus is calculated based on reduction of peak kW demand through the use of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels. It is a performance bonus calculated based on the peak kW production of the installed PV system; the base incentive rates will apply.
  • Design Team Incentive bonus – 50% up to $5,000. This incentive is earned by holding a charrette with the following attendees: Builder, Architect, Structural Engineer, Mechanical Engineer and/or contractor, Electrical Engineer and/or contractor, Plumbing Engineer and/or contractor, Energy Consultant and Utility Energy Efficiency Representative. This is available for projects of 10 units or more.

More Information

Contact your Account Representative to find out more about these and other features of the California Advanced Homes Program.


California Advanced Homes Program home page

This program is funded by California utility customers and administered by The Gas Company under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission. Funds are limited and available on a first come first served basis.

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