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Insulation

$0.25 - $0.90 per square foot

Insulation is one of the easiest, most cost-effective ways to make your property more comfortable year-round. Insulation helps maintain a uniform temperature in the property, keeping units warmer in winter and cooler in summer.

To get started on your energy-efficient upgrade follow the steps below or contact a program representative.

  1. Establish your eligibility.

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    • Property’s heating must be provided by Portland General Electric or Pacific Power; or provided by NW Natural, Cascade Natural Gas or Avista.
    • Cash incentives are available to all Oregon multifamily attached residential properties with two or more units including: duplexes, triplexes and fourplexes; side-by-side units; and stacked structures with five or more units. For specific incentives based on your building type see the “Details” tab for further eligibility requirements.
    • Energy-saving improvements must meet program requirements.
  2. Find a trade ally contractor or work with your own contractor.

    We can help you get started.

  3. Install equipment that meets the requirements listed on the Details tab.

  4. Complete and submit an incentive application with supporting documentation.

    • A W-9 or Substitute W-9 form is required for investment properties.
    • Energy Trust must receive applications within 90 days from the date of purchase and installation.

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    Send by Mail

    Energy Trust of Oregon
    Existing Multifamily Program
    811 SW 6th Ave, Suite 800
    Portland, OR 97204

    Send by Fax
    503.243.1154

  5. Get your incentive.

    You should receive a cash incentive check within 6-8 weeks after all information is received.

    Note: A post-installation verification may be required.

Energy Trust limits the total amount of standard electric and gas incentives a customer site may receive per year. The incentive limit varies by utility:

  • Portland General Electric (PGE) sites may receive up to $12,000 per site, per year for all equipment, gas or electric. This includes PGE customers also served by NW Natural.
  • Pacific Power sites may receive up to $6,000 per site, per year for all equipment, gas or electric. This includes Pacific Power customers also served by NW Natural or Avista.
  • NW Natural or Avista sites served by any other electric utility (not PGE or Pacific Power) may receive up to $12,000 per site, per year.
  • Cascade Natural Gas customer sites:
    • Served by Pacific Power and installing insulation in an electric-heated building may receive up to $6,000 per site, per year.
    • Served by Pacific Power and installing insulation in a gas-heated building are limited to a maximum of $6,000 per site, per year in addition to a $6,000 incentive limit for qualifying electric equipment.
    • Served by any other electric utility (not Pacific Power) and installing insulation in a gas-heated building are not subject to an incentive limit.

 

For all property types* Incentive Requirements
Flat Roof Insulation $0.30 per installed sq ft

Electric or gas heated building. For buildings up to 3 stories.
Existing condition: R-5 or less.
Retrofit requirements: R-20 or greater.

For side-by-side, duplex, triplex and fourplex properties only* Incentive Requirements
Attic/Ceiling Insulation $0.25 per installed sq ft

Electric or gas heated building.
Existing condition: R-11 or less.
Retrofit requirements: R-38 or greater or fill attic space.

Floor Insulation $0.30 (electric heated) and $0.70 (gas heated) per installed sq ft

Electric or gas heated building.
Existing Condition: R-0.
Retrofit Requirements: R-30 or greater or fill cavity.

Wall Insulation $0.30 (electric heated) and $0.90 (gas heated) per installed sq ft

Electric or gas heated building.

Exterior wall insulation:
Existing Condition: R-4 or less.
Retrofit Requirements: R-11 or greater or fill cavity; all heated exterior wall surfaces must be insulated.

Knee wall insulation:
Existing condition: R-4 or less.
Retrofit requirements: R-15 or greater for 2×4 cavities; R-21 or greater for 2×6 cavities. Must have vapor-permeable air barrier.

Rim joist insulation:
Existing condition: R-4 or less.
Retrofit requirements: R-15 or greater.

For stacked structures with 5 or more units only* Incentive Requirements
Attic/Ceiling Insulation $0.25 per installed sq ft

Electric or gas heated building.
Existing condition: R-18 or less.
Retrofit requirements: R-49 or greater or fill attic space.

Floor Insulation $0.30 (electric heated only) per installed sq ft

Electric-heated building.
Existing condition: R-11 or less.
Retrofit requirements: R-30 or greater fill cavity.

*Electric heated buildings must have service provided by Portland General Electric or Pacific Power and gas heated buildings must have service provided by NW Natural, Cascade Natural Gas or Avista.

Pipe insulation** Incentive Requirements
Gas Boiler Pipe Insulation - Low Pressure Steam (<15 psig)
$4 per linear foot

≤ 1.5” pipe diameter, 1.5” min. insulation thickness.
> 1.5” pipe diameter, 2” min. insulation thickness.

Domestic Hot Water Pipe Insulation $4 per linear foot

Central gas-fired recirculation systems only.
≤ 1.5” pipe diameter, 1.5” min. insulation thickness.
> 1.5” pipe diameter, 2” min. insulation thickness.

**Indoor pipe insulation projects must include all service jacketing (ASJ) and outdoor pipe insulation projects must include aluminum jacketing. Batt insulation does not qualify for an incentive.

Incentives are subject to funding availability and may change.

Need Help? Contact Us.

We’re here to explain the process and benefits. Give us a call at 1.877.510.2130 or send us an email at multifamily@energytrust.org.