DC Sustainable Energy Utility
Your Guide to Green

New Construction and Major Rehabilitation

The greatest opportunities for cost-effective energy savings present themselves at the time of new construction or major rehabilitation. Incorporating energy efficiency in your multifamily housing development during new construction or substantial rehabilitation means lower operating costs, long-term affordability for residents, and reducing the impact of energy price volatility on your bottom line.

The DCSEU offers technical assistance and rebates to multifamily housing developers and property managers who work with the DCSEU to incorporate energy-efficient systems and measures in the new development, redevelopment, or substantial rehabilitation of multifamily housing in DC.

Energy Efficiency Measures

  • Heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC), and domestic hot water systems
  • Solar thermal hot water heating systems for gas heated central hot water systems
  • Major appliances, such as refrigerators and laundry equipment
  • Lighting (in-unit and common area lighting)
  • Building air and thermal barriers, doors, and windows

Property Eligibility

  • Be located in the District of Columbia;
  • Energy measures must meet 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC )
  • Be in the design or planning phase of a new construction or substantial rehabilitation development;
  • Income-qualified Enhanced Rebates: Be able to document that at least 66% of the residential units per building are designated for or inhabited by households with incomes at or below 60% Area Median Income; and
  • Have substantial funding commitments in place.
Community health clinics and shelters may also be eligible for enhanced rebates. Please contact the DCSEU at info@dcseu.com for more information.

Get Started

Fill out the online eligibility form to find out if your development qualifies for technical assistance and financial incentives from the DCSEU. Someone from the DCSEU will contact you to begin discussing your project.


For more information, please contact the DCSEU at 202-479-2222 or info@dcseu.com.

Energy Benchmarking

By 2014, all District buildings (commercial and multi-family) over 50,000 square feet must use Portfolio Manager to benchmark their energy efficiency and report that score to the city.

DC Sustainable Energy Utility
80 M Street SE, Suite 310, Washington, DC 20003 E info@dcseu.com
P 202-479-2222 F 202-450-1552 Toll-Free: 855-MY-DCSEU (855-693-2738)
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