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ENERGY STAR® Low-Rise Multifamily Program

The CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric ENERGY STAR Low-Rise Multifamily Program promotes the construction and certification of new ENERGY STAR certified and high performance low-rise multifamily complexes. This voluntary program provides financial incentives and other types of assistance to developers committing to construct qualifying multifamily complexes within the CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric service territory. The goal of the Program is to create a sustainable market that leads to:

  • An increase in supply of ENERGY STAR certified and high performance low-rise multifamily units; 
  • Increased consumer demand and perceived value of ENERGY STAR certified and high performance low-rise multifamily units; and
  • Increased improvements in an ENERGY STAR certified and high performance low-rise multifamily unit’s energy efficiency performance.

To achieve this goal, CenterPoint Energy is committed to increasing consumer awareness of ENERGY STAR certified and high performance low-rise multifamily units and the developers producing them. CenterPoint Energy is also committed to working in partnership with key market actors who can contribute to the creation of a market for ENERGY STAR certified and high performance low-rise multifamily units. The Program will offer financial incentives for each ENERGY STAR certified and high performance low-rise multifamily unit.

FINANCIAL INCENTIVES

CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric is providing financial incentives to reward Developers and HERS Raters for each multifamily unit that meets program guidelines. The Program is currently offering financial incentives using a per unit performance metric, with bonus tiers built in to the incentive structure. The performance of a unit will be determined by the kWh saved over a pre-determined baseline. The units do not have to be ENERGY STAR certified, but will receive a bonus if certified. Incentive offerings vary between Market Rate and Affordable Housing units.

The maximum eligible incentive per unit (not including ENERGY STAR bonus) is $480 for Market Rate units, and $440 for Affordable Housing units.

Market Rate

Affordable Housing

Base kWh Incentive

$0.15

$0.20

10% - Performance Bonus

$75.00

$25.00

15% - Performance Bonus

$125.00

$50.00

20% - Performance Bonus

$150.00

$75.00

Maximum Incentive for Performance-based incentives 
(base + performance bonus)

$480.00

$440.00

ENERGY STAR bonus

$50.00

$5.00

Incentive per Apartment for Combo Space and Water Heating Units

$500.00

For more information, please email our program contact at: Sarah.Andrews@CenterPointEnergy.com.