Tuesday, January 4, 2011

New York Incentive Program Promotes Green Homes, Encourages Strategic Window Placement

The Website http://www.getenergysmart.org/ is reporting that The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) recently announced a program aimed at building and certifying more green homes throughout the state.

Dubbed the Green Residential Building Program, New York is providing incentives to owners of certain residential or residential mixed-use buildings that incorporate practices and technologies that lower energy costs, reduce waste and water use, and improve indoor air quality.

Incentives are available to owners who can demonstrate that their buildings will use at least 30 percent less energy than conventionally built homes.

One of the green design principles the program encourages is positioning windows to take advantage of solar heat gain, minimize heat loss, make effective use of daylight, and reduce energy use.

The online article points out that incentives offered range from $5,125 for a single-family home up to $13,375 for an 11-unit multifamily building. Incentives are awarded based on the number of dwelling units in the building, but cannot exceed $3.75 per qualified occupied square foot.