A new program just enacted in the state of Delaware gives new home buyers a great incentive to build a Green house- $3,000-$6,000 cash at closing to be exact. More importantly, unlike many other Government initiatives, the Delaware Green For Green program is actually easy to understand and take advantage of. Determining if you can participate is simple as well. All buyers of NEW CONSTRUCTION or TO BE BUILT homes may ask their builter to apply for this rebate on their behalf.
So far it seems pretty familiar, right? But now for the really good news. This program has the most useful website involving a government agency that I have ever seen. http://www.degreen4green.com/ The website not only walks both the builder and the home buyer through the entire process in very easy to understand terms, it includes a list of builders that have already registered and been accepted into the program. So if you have a builder already and you don't see his name on the list, you need to inform him that it needs to be done. If you don't have a builder yet and would like to build an energy-efficient home and get a few thousand dollars back at closing, I would recommend checking out the list of builders on the website. The program was enacted in the past week and there are 7 builders currently on the list. Considering the fact that it takes 48 hours to 7 days for a builder to be accepted, and having worked with builders in the past, this is quite amazing. It is also probably an indicator of the level of service you are likely to get with those builders. The list of builders has a short list of the builder's credentials and a link to their website. There is also a tab on the website for FAQs for the Builder and the Buyer. (Again, very simple).
Overall, I think this program has the potential to be very successful and hopefully duplicated by other states. The reason is probably because unlike many government policies and programs Delaware Green For Green was put together as a partnership between the government and the builders of Delaware. It is of particular interest to those of us who research Green programs and initiatives in the fact that it is one of the few programs of it's kind that focus on New Construction. Most programs that I come across give information at great length on tax rebates and other incentives on remodeling and upgrading but it is usually very difficult to even find the information relating to new construction. Delaware Green For Green is only FOR new construction.
One last, but very important point - according to the website, cash for this program is limited and is available on a first come first serve basis so ACT FAST. http://www.degreen4green.com/
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