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Energy Savings for Affordable Housing Developers

Affordable housing developers can receive technical guidance and incentives for enhancing energy efficiency in new construction or major renovation projects that serve income-eligible residents.

Maximize Your Property’s Performance

Leverage no-cost energy efficiency expertise and receive incentives for your project by applying early in the design process. Implement energy efficiency measures in design and construction to deliver significant energy savings to residents and maximize your property’s performance.


  • Lowers utility bills and improves comfort for income eligible residents
  • Reduces operations costs and maintenance expenses
  • Aligns with sustainable design requirements of organizations such as the Illinois Housing Development Authority
  • Lowers your property's carbon footprint

What developers are saying!

"Resources made available through the ComEd Affordable Housing New Construction program were absolutely vital to the success of this project. With this support, we were able to include items that will enhance residents’ comfort, health, and affordability for years to come."
- Richard K., PhD, Executive Director, Housing Opportunity Development Corporation

"The program provides clear technical guidance and crucial financial support. Program staff were very responsive and helpful, even under tight deadlines. Everyone that can use this program should."
- Jon D., Multifamily Development Director, Economic Growth Corporation

Project Eligibility

Your new construction or major renovation project must:

  • Include income eligible units reserved for households at or below 80 percent of the area median income (AMI)
  • Be located within the ComEd service territory
  • Meet or exceed the current Illinois Energy Conservation Code and incorporate whole-building energy efficiency measures described in the ComEd Multi-Family Standard

Multi-Family Standard

The ComEd Multi-Family Standard includes an integrated bundle of energy cost reduction measures designed to deliver significant energy savings over the current Illinois Energy Conservation Code baseline.

The standard includes 13 energy efficiency measures, addressing:

  • Building envelope: High performance windows, reduced infiltration, reduced thermal bridging
  • Lighting: High performance interior and exterior lighting with advanced controls
  • HVAC: High performance HVAC equipment with advanced controls
  • Hot water: High performance water-heating equipment and low-flow fixtures
  • Appliances: ENERGY STAR® appliances and other equipment

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