SDG&E - Residential New Construction Builder Efficiency Program (California)

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Financial Incentive Program

Place California

Name SDG&E - Residential New Construction Builder Efficiency Program
Incentive Type Utility Rebate Program
Applicable Sector Residential, Construction, Multi-Family Residential, Builders
Eligible Technologies Furnaces, Central Air conditioners, Duct/Air sealing, Building Insulation, Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Active Incentive No
Implementing Sector Utility
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs
Amount Minimum incentive: 1.72/therm saved; 0.43/kWh saved; 75/kW saved.

ENERGY STAR for Homes: 10% Bonus for builders who achieve final certification in the ENERGY STAR Program.
Green Building Program: 10% bonus for homes participating in California Green Builder, Green Point Rated and LEED-H.
Compact Home: 15% bonus for building homes that are smaller than the CAHP published baseline square footage.
kW Reduction: Bonus for reduction of peak kW demand through the use of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels.
Design Team Incentive: 50% Bonus up to 5,000 for holding a charrette with a Builder, Architect, and experts in Structure, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Energy Consultant and Utility Energy Efficiency Representative (available for projects of 10 units or more).

Equipment Requirements Home must be designed to be a minimum of 15% better than the 2008 Title 24 Energy Code: incentive levels continue to increase until performance is 45% above code.
Expiration Date 2010-12-31

Maximum Incentive 5.14/therm saved; 1.29/kWh saved; 225/kW saved

Program Administrator San Diego Gas and Electric Company

References DSIRE[1]


San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) encourages home builders in the San Diego area to construct energy efficient homes through their Residential New Construction Energy Efficiency Incentive Program. There are several ways that builders can take advantage of this program.

Under the performance-based Home Advantage Program, builders are encouraged to construct residences which are at least 15% more efficient than Title 24 standards. Single-family homes, multi-family homes and multi-family high rises are eligible to participate. Single-family homes built to this level of efficiency will also qualify as Energy Star Homes. Builders of these residences will be included in a national and statewide Energy Star campaign. There are two levels of participation in the performance-based program: Tier 1 for buildings which exceed Title 24 compliance by 15% for single or multifamily new construction; and Tier 2 for buildings which exceed Title 24 compliance by 35% to 40% in the cooling budget for single or multifamily new construction.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Program Coordinator
Department San Diego Gas and Electric Company
Division Advanced Home Program
Address 8335 Century Park Court
Address 2 CP12G
Place San Diego, California
Zip/Postal Code 92123
Phone (858) 650-4140
Phone 2 (866) 631-1744
Email Newconstructionservices@Semprautilities.Com

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"