Triple E New Construction
The Triple E New Construction program is based on the concept of a roadmap to achieve energy-efficient construction and design through specific thermal and performance standards and to encourage the right application of heating, cooling, water heating, lighting and appliance opportunities.
Triple E stands for Energy Efficiency, Education and Evaluation and works in partnership with homeowners, builders, architects, suppliers and manufacturers to provide people building new homes the most up-to-date energy-efficient building practices.
Triple E helps improve the energy efficiency of new residential homes; Triple E homes average a 25 percent reduction in space heating costs compared to conventional new homes.
"This is the first house we have built, and it probably will be our last, so we want to do it right. Our goal is to live in an energy-efficient home with manageable heating and cooling costs."
Toby Hickle, Hinckely, Minnesota
Homeowners and builders can qualify for special incentives up to $2,000 by meeting specific energy standards. These standards cover thermal integrity (insulation, windows and doors, exterior wind barriers), airtight construction, moisture control, appliances, lighting, ventilation and heating system performance for air and water. Homes built to Triple E standards provide the homeowner with lower energy costs, a healthier indoors, improved building durability and increased market value. Click here to hear from people who have built qualifying Triple E homes.
Requirements to Participate
- Open to all residential new construction built in Minnesota Power's service area with electricity as the primary heating source.
- Maximum of four units per dwelling.
- Must use an existing Triple E builder or a builder who meets Triple E training requirements.
- Meets lighting and appliance standards.
- Complete the three-phase inspection process and a final performance-based evaluation.
Note: For more information on Requirements to Participate, click here.
How to Participate
- Review the Pyramid of Conservation: New Construction Version for a road map to achieving Triple E designation
- Work with your builder to develop an action plan for achieving Triple E designation based on the road map. For general information about the Triple E New Construction program or if you have decided you want to build your house to meet Triple E standards for long-term comfort, cost control, durability and value, contact Chad Trebilcock at 218-355-2206. To order a Triple E New Construction Guide, click here.
Not building all electric? Click here to see other benefits and rebates you can take advantage of with the Triple E program.