Governor McKee, RI’s Office of Energy Resources, and RIHousing announce zero-energy housing prices


RHODE ISLAND, Jan. 6 – PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee, the Office of Energy Resources (OER) and RIHousing today announced funding to develop energy efficient housing for low and moderate income Rhode Islanders. The demonstration program, Zero Energy for the Ocean State (ZEOS), is the result of a public sector partnership between OER, RIHousing and National Grid to explore innovative and replicable solutions for using clean and economical energy technologies in the houses.

“Tackling climate change and creating more affordable housing are two key priorities for my administration,” Governor Dan McKee said. “This effort is a perfect example of sustainable and innovative growth in these areas which in turn will provide affordable housing for the people of Rhode Island and help us achieve our bold but necessary climate change goal. Office of Energy Resources, RIHousing and all the partners who have worked together on this program to benefit Rhode Islanders today and in the future. ”

“As Rhode Island strives to meet its goal of net zero emissions by 2050, the state must accelerate its investments in cost-effective, clean energy solutions that reduce energy use and costs, reduce our carbon footprint and create well-paying jobs. The ZEOS project builds on the momentum of recent successes in growing our green energy economy, while supporting the expansion of more affordable housing options for the people of Rhode Island, ”the Commissioner said at state energy, Nicholas S. Ucci.

“RIHousing is committed to developing affordable, well-designed and sustainable homes and communities for the people of Rhode Island,” said Carol Ventura, Executive Director of RIHousing. “This multi-agency investment will create replicable models of sustainable development while helping to reduce the state’s collective carbon footprint and lower energy costs for residents.”

OER and RIHousing have committed total funding of $ 750,000 for three developers who will produce a range of building types in rural, suburban and urban areas of the state.

The three recipients of the ZEOS demonstration funds will develop action plans to ensure the replicability of their zero-energy designs. The projects are:

* Brookside Terrace II (Dakota Partners): construction of 48 garden-style rental units in East Greenwich. The development includes one-bedroom and two-bedroom units for households earning less than 60% of the MAI (median area income). Dakota Partners will also achieve PHIUS (Passive House) certification and are committed to providing much needed affordable housing in the East Greenwich area.

* Lockwood Plaza (WinnCompanies): refurbishment of sixteen (16) low rise townhouse style units in Providence. Lockwood Plaza will serve as a demonstration project for the state, as the developer will rehabilitate existing brick buildings by adding exterior insulation, photovoltaic solar panels and electrifying the building to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

* Bourne Mills III (The Armory Revival Company (TARC)): construction of a 59-unit apartment building adjacent to the historic Bourne Mill in Tiverton. Forty-seven (47) units will be reserved for tenants earning 60% or less of MAI, with the remaining 12 units reserved for tenants earning 120% or less of MAI. The TARC is also committed to respecting the PHIUS certification and the RI Stretch Code.

To qualify for this program, developers must commit to designing and constructing affordable zero-energy buildings (ZEBs). ZEBs are defined as any energy efficient building with zero net energy consumption, which means that the total amount of energy used by a building on an annual basis is roughly equal to the amount of renewable energy created. on the site.

In addition to meeting ZEB standards, developers are also expected to participate in National Grid’s New Home Construction Program ( and will work closely with program partners throughout the design, development, construction and data collection.

“We look forward to supporting the ZEOS 2021 initiative to further accelerate the adoption of net zero energy homes for the affordable housing market in Rhode Island,” said Chris Porter, director, Customer Energy Management, National Grid. “The principles of this grant – creating repeatable designs incorporating strategies to reduce energy costs, improve thermal comfort and support the future of clean energy – are essential to ensure a reliable, equitable and scalable path to decarbonization for all Rhode Islanders. “

Funding allocations were announced at the December meeting of the RIHousing Board of Commissioners. A Request for Proposals (RFP) was issued in May 2021 with initial funding of $ 750,000 available. Part of this amount, $ 250,000, was released thanks to the State’s participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI).