For EPS New Construction
Build Homes That Get More for Their Energy
Homes that use energy wisely stand out from the rest, and so do their builders. EPSTM is a scoring system that estimates a home’s energy consumption, utility costs and annual solar generation. It also serves as a pathway and promotional tool for builders who understand the added value of homes that use energy wisely. If you’re a builder who strives to build quality, comfort and efficiency into your homes, EPS is a resource that benefits both you and the homebuyer.
Join Energy Trust’s Trade Ally Network and we will support your efforts to build and showcase homes that deliver superior comfort, savings and energy performance.
Build a reputation for quality and enjoy the following trade ally benefits:
- Include energy efficiency or solar technologies and techniques in your construction practices
- Distinguish your business by offering third-party verified homes that earn an EPS
- Receive free referrals through our online Find a Contractor Tool
- Earn cash incentives for completing energy-efficient projects and installing solar or making a home solar ready
- Get specialized training to boost your knowledge of emerging technologies
- Use marketing materials and business development funds to raise your profile
- Receive technical assistance and support from energy experts
Supporting Your Success
Trade ally builders are eligible to receive cash incentives, technical support and training. Our online training modules offer a great place to start. Look over the benefits and requirements of becoming a trade ally builder today, or contact the EPS New Construction trade ally coordinator at 1.877.283.0698 for more information.
Below you’ll find a sampling of the many valuable resources available to trade ally builders.
When you are ready to build an energy-efficient home, get the support you need by working with an Energy Trust approved verifier. Verifiers offer technical support, project modeling and advice on best practices. By consulting with a verifier early in the home-building process, you can save time and money, and prevent costly callbacks. You can find approved verifiers by selecting “Verifier” under the drop down “I need help with” on our Find a Contractor tool.
During construction, your verifier will conduct two in-person inspections to document building components and confirm compliance with EPS requirements: one visit before installing drywall and one visit at project completion.
You are responsible for initial communication and contracting with a third-party approved program verifier to qualify for incentives.
Maximize your homebuyer’s energy savings and your bottom line by meeting EPS requirements, plus get cash incentives for building beyond code. Download our Oregon or Washington incentive overview to find out how much you could receive.
To qualify for EPS incentives, projects must be sited within the service territories of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural, Cascade Natural Gas or Avista in Oregon, or within the service territory of NW Natural in Washington.
Early Design Assistance
In new construction it pays to plan ahead. A $500 incentive is available to trade ally builders in Oregon and Washington who meet early design assistance (EDA) requirements. This incentive encourages builders to compile a team to evaluate projects in their early stages, focusing on how energy efficiency will be integrated.
Coordination for this meeting will be facilitated by program staff in collaboration with the builder and verifier. The team could include the designer, customer, subcontractors, supplier and verifier, and must feature at least one EPS New Construction team member.
Early design assistance creates an opportunity for all participants to provide input and voice their concerns. It enables builders to address potential problem areas early on and can save builders money by reducing callbacks, field modifications and schedule changes, while subcontractors benefit by limiting change orders.
Early design assistance meetings have many variations that builders and verifiers can take advantage of.
Solar Early Design Assistance Meeting
Builders planning to install solar or build EPS solar ready should include the solar contractor in the early design assistance meeting. Builders who conduct a solar early design assistance meeting qualify for a $500 incentive in addition to the $500 EDA incentive. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on solar early design assistance meeting requirements.
Rural Early Design Assistance Meeting
Builders constructing homes in rural Oregon can conduct an early design assistance meeting and qualify for a $500 incentive in addition to the $500 EDA incentive. Contact email@example.com to find out if your project qualifies as rural.
For more information on early design assistance incentives, contact Energy Trust’s EPS New Construction trade ally coordinator at 1.877.283.0698, firstname.lastname@example.org, or download the early design assistance application.
Solar Ready Incentives
Solar ready homes are built to allow for easier installation of a solar electric system when the time is right. By designing for a roof space with proper orientation and free of obstructions, installing conduit from the attic to the electric panel, and leaving room for future components of a solar electric system, you can add flexibility and value to your homes. Energy Trust offers a variety of resources to help you build solar ready and distinguish your homes in the marketplace by showcasing this valuable feature to your customers. Solar ready incentives are available on homes that receive an EPS in PGE and Pacific Power territory. Your program-approved verifier will document the installation.
Energy Trust provides incentives to builders to reduce the installation cost of verified infrastructure for solar ready electric systems. A builder can qualify for an incentive of $200. Visit the solar ready page to learn more.
Incentives are subject to funding availability and may change.
Newly built homes have many synergies with other certifications and may receive both an EPS and another certification. provide on-the-ground support to assist builders in deciding which options will work to reach desired certification levels. Contact the EPS New Construction trade ally coordinator at 1.877.283.0698 for more information.
By incorporating solar electric systems into your homes at the time of construction, you can be eligible for upfront cash incentives, boost sale prices for your home and provide your homebuyer with valuable tax credits. Systems must be installed by an approved solar trade ally and meet Energy Trust requirements. For more information, visit our solar page or contact the Solar program.
Accessory Dwelling Units
Interest in accessory dwelling units (ADUs) is rising fast as more and more homeowners see the value of having an extra living or rental space on their property. Because of their small size, ADUs can be built to use very little energy if you plan ahead. Talk to your verifier, or learn more about building EPS-rated ADUs.