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The best way to make your home energy efficient is to build it that way from the start. If you’re considering building a new home, MidAmerican Energy’s New Homes program can help with expert advice and energy efficiency rebates. We can assist your builder in executing his plans to ensure that your home remains energy efficient for years to come.

The advantages of an energy-efficient home include improved comfort, healthier indoor air quality, greater temperature consistency and lower operational costs month after month. The New Homes program is available to new single-family home construction and rebates are offered to homebuilders for constructing Iowa homes with greater energy efficiency.

Single-Family Homes/Duplex Options
  • MidAmerican Energy’s EnergyAdvantage Advanced Builder Option Package; Requires a HERS Rating
    • This program option is available to new, single-family homes in MidAmerican Energy’s Iowa service areas that will use energy provided directly by MidAmerican Energy. This program requires each home to be pre-enrolled when construction begins. Your builder must meet all requirements with no exceptions and provide certification from a RESNET-certified HERS rater. Talk with your builder for a complete list of rebates and requirements. Requirements include:
      • Must have a HERS score of 60 or less
      • Must have a System SAVE score of 70 or greater
        • The SAVE score includes equipment and ductwork efficiency
      • Must meet 2012 IECC
      You also can view our advanced builder option package table.
  • ENERGY STAR®-Qualified Home; Requires a HERS Rating
    • This program option is available to new, single-family homes in MidAmerican Energy’s Iowa service areas that will use energy provided directly by MidAmerican Energy. This program requires each home to be pre-enrolled when construction begins. Your builder must provide certification from a RESNET-certified HERS rater showing the home meets or exceeds ENERGY STAR standards. Specifications are available at www.energystar.gov.
    ENERGY STAR requirements allow your builder to customize your new home to take advantage of unique features of a particular home design. For more information on ENERGY STAR homes, refer to www.energystar.gov. View our ENERGY STAR-Qualified home table.

Multifamily Options
  • Apartments/Condominiums; Requires a HERS Rating
    • This program requires each multifamily building to be preapproved and pre-enrolled when construction begins; the incentive applies to conditioned living space. All units being built must be ENERGY STAR-rated, residential, three stories or less and not be mixed-use buildings. Side-by-side townhomes are eligible for rebates through the single-family/duplex Residential New Homes program options. View our apartments/condominiums table.
Qualifications
  • Participants must be residential customers located in MidAmerican Energy Company’s Iowa service territory.
  • MidAmerican Energy Company must provide the primary electricity or natural gas to the new home.
  • The HERS rating deadline is March 31, 2015.
  • Documentation of 2014 homes must be received prior to July 1, 2015. Homes submitted after that date must meet 2015 program specifications, and 2015 program rebate levels will apply to those homes.
  • Rebate will be paid to the builder unless otherwise assigned to others by the builder.
  • Builder or customer (not MidAmerican Energy) is responsible for the cost of a HERS rating.
How do I apply?
Complete the Advanced BOP or the ENERGY STAR® HERS enrollment form and rebate application prior to the drywall installation construction phase. Call 800-894-9599 for details, weekdays, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

HERS Rating
The Home Energy Rating System Index is the industry standard by which a home’s energy efficiency is measured. A certified home energy rater assesses the energy efficiency of a home, assigning it a relative performance score. It can tell you much about the home you live in, such as how efficiently it operates and where you can make modifications for greater energy savings.

When you’re selling your home, a low HERS Index Score can command a higher resale price. And when you’re buying a home, the HERS score can tell you what to expect for energy bills and efficiency upgrades. The lower the number, the more energy efficient the home. To locate a HERS rater near you, visit www.resnet.us.

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