This spring BDS will announce a grant program for the purpose of constructing energy efficient homes. This program will award grants to homebuilders to construct two homes that perform above the energy efficiency level of the 2008 Oregon Energy Code standards. The first of the two homes each builder constructs is to be 15% above the 2008 Oregon Energy Code and the second is to be 30% above the 2008 Oregon Energy Code. The grants and in kind services are intended to substantially offset the cost of exceeding the 2008 Oregon Energy Code.
The City is seeking builders or experienced teams of professionals, who have at least two pieces of real property to be developed in the City of Portland, and who are interested in exceeding the 2008 Oregon Energy Code standards. Ideally, the teams would construct two houses on two lots that are both comparable in terms of size and layout.
About four grants will be awarded in the initial release period, and six to 10 additional grants in subsequent grant cycles. More than $110,000 has been committed to this grant program. The City of Portland contributed $50,000; The National Association of Homebuilders, Portland General Electric, and NW Natural's contributions total the additional $60,000.
Energy Trust of Oregon (ETO) will partner with the City and provide technical assistance to help builders determine how to meet these efficiency goals through their New Homes Program. ETO will provide consultation during the design phase and construction. For more information contact Anne Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org.