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New Home Construction

The DTE New Homes Program offers financial incentives and marketing and technical assistance to builders who install eligible residential units in its service territory. Through DTE and ENERGY STAR® partnerships, residential customers receive increased comfort, energy savings, quality, and overall satisfaction in a new energy efficient home.

For more information on becoming a Residential New Home Construction Program builder, click here.

What is a HERS Index score?

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As the industry standard for measuring a home s energy efficiency, the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index scores a home based on comprehensive software modeling and in person testing. The lower the score, the more efficient the home.

What is ENERGY STAR certification?

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ENERGY STAR homes are built to meet the highest U.S. Environmental Protection Agency energy efficiency guidelines and include the latest energy saving equipment and features. Rebates are paid based on achieving ENERGY STAR certification and a given home s Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index score

Your ENERGY STAR homebuyers will enjoy the following benefits for years 
 to come:

  • Reduced energy bills certified homes deliver approximately 20% savings on annual energy bills according to ENERGY STAR.
  • Higher resale value -- certified homes sell at a higher premium than comparable homes that don't have an ENERGY STAR rating.
  • Improved indoor air quality.
  • A more comfortable home environment for higher customer satisfaction.

Visit ENERGY STAR to learn more.

New Homes Program Updates

Federal Tax Credits Extended For Energy Efficiency Projects

For participants who are not already aware, we'd like to share some exciting information about the Inflation Reduction Act, Section 45L Tax Credit. The 45L tax credit, $2,500, has been updated and extended for homes and units acquired on or after January 1, 2023 through 2032. The base level tax credit will be tied to the ENERGY STAR certification for single-family homes. This tax credit can help builders offset the cost of upgrades even further. Please speak with your tax advisor about any tax credits you plan to claim.

DTE Energy New Homes Program 2021-2022 Updates

Any homes with HERS Ratings on or after January 1, 2022 will follow the new 2022 rebate structure. Stay tuned for 2022 rebate information.