NATIONAL GREEN BUILDING PROGRAM

What is a green home?
A green home incorporates energy and water efficient products and practices; is constructed with renewable, recycled and/or more durable materials; and is designed for improved indoor air quality. Green building is a practical response to a variety of issues that affect all of us – including increasing energy prices, waning water resources, and changing weather patterns.

Do green homes cost more?
Some green features do cost more, but there are also inexpensive ways to go green. Because some green components are less expensive to operate and may last longer, they can even pay for themselves over time! NAHB Green allows home buyers and builders to choose among dozens of options to achieve thresholds in seven key areas. This flexibility allows regionally-appropriate green homes to be built at any price point.

Are there any financial incentives or rebates?
In addition to the many benefits of living in a green home, there are often financial incentives that can help make green homeownership even more affordable. The Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency is a searchable web database for green building, energy efficiency and renewable energy incentive programs. You can research local utility and manufacturer rebates, or ask your builder about available offers.

CT Clean Energy Fund Incentive Program
Using funds received under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the CCEF has established a solar thermal incentive program to stimulate the development of renewable energy and green jobs in CT.
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Solar water heating system tax credits
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) extended the 30% federal tax credit for the purchase and installation of residential solar water heating systems through the year 2016.
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