Resources for financing a high-performance home
We’re rounding up the most up-to-date rebates, discounts, and incentives for households rebuilding after the Marshall Fire. The list is constantly changing and we’ll work to update this website accordingly.
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There are three unique financing opportunities available to households rebuilding high performance homes after the Marshall Fire.
The Marshall Fire Resilient Rebuild Assistance donor-advised fund was recently established at the Community Foundation.
The Governor’s Office is working with state legislators on appropriating additional funding for resilient rebuilding efforts.
The Colorado Clean Energy Fund is developing low interest financing options to implement high performance energy measures.
XCEL ENERGY MARSHALL FIRE REBATE FAQ
The homeowner must have an active Xcel Energy account to be issued a rebate. The rebate can be submitted by the homeowner once the house is completed and the homeowner takes possession or the HERS rater can provide the utility the paperwork once the performance of the new home is verified. The rebate will take approximately 4-6 weeks for processing and for payment to be issued after the final paperwork is submitted.
For Passive House, customers should engage with a certified designer or consultant as early as possible to ensure compliance, as Passive House construction requires continuous commissioning. For the other three energy efficiency tiers, there will be a performance-based path for compliance that will be finalized by mid-April 2022. Alternatively, there are checklists for the three ENERGY STAR® and DOE Zero Energy Ready tiers. Meeting the qualifications of those checklists qualifies your home to receive the associated rebate.
Yes, provided the performance criteria are met and validated. Builders are also eligible to receive incentives through Xcel Energy’s ENERGY STAR New Homes Program. Program requirements must be met to receive builder incentives. Interested builders should contact Xcel Energy to start enrollment.
All impacted homeowners who complete the reconstruction of their homes on the same lots and submit for rebates by 12/31/2026 are eligible for the incentive. The homes do not need to be owner occupied to qualify.
For those customers who do not need to rebuild their entire homes, we have a full portfolio of end-use rebates to help cover the cost of installing energy-efficient equipment. There is also a bonus incentive available for those homes in zip codes 80303, 80305, 80020, and 80027 where smoke damage has mandated insulation replacement.
The YouTube video, “Passive House Explained in 90 Seconds” is a good introduction. Customers should reach out to a Passive House certified designer or consultant early in the process.
Net Zero typically means a home that produces as much energy as it consumes. It is not a requirement for the energy efficiency incentives.
We are working on webinars and trainings to help highlight the differences in the energy efficiency tiers These are being developed for both customers and builders. We will be working with local experts and the impacted communities to make these available once they are developed.
I t would depend on the scope and scale of how the home failed to achieve the performance threshold. Failure to install required elements to meet the energy efficiency tiers would likely result in a failure to qualify for the incentive. Alternatively, meeting all performance criteria and then not completing the full certification process would qualify for the incentive. Certifying organizations (building departments, HERS raters, or Consultants) should be providing intermittent feedback on whether expectations are being met.
We will be satisfied if the home meets the performance criteria and we receive documentation that certifies its performance. It is the customer’s responsibility to select a builder and verify their capability to build an energy-efficient home that meets the qualifications of the certification level you have selected.
We are compiling resources now. Our program HERS raters can provide immediate guidance on meeting the performance criteria for DOE programs. Builders looking to partner with a Program HERS rater should contact Residential Science Resources at 844-802-4443 for a comprehensive list. If you have an interest in building a Passive House (PH), begin by consulting an architect or PH consultant.