Building Initiative for Low-Emissions Development (BUILD) Program

Building Initiative for Low-Emissions Development (BUILD) Program

Are you an affordable housing owner or developer who’d like to transition to energy-efficient gas-free buildings? This year, California officially launched its long-awaited Building Initiative for Low-Emissions Development (BUILD) Program! This exciting program provides substantial funding and resources for developers to design and construct new all-electric affordable housing.

Gilleran Energy Management offers full assistance with this program, including determining whether your project qualifies, application assistance, energy consulting, and project management.

What Are the Incentives for the BUILD Program?

  • Each qualified applicant can receive up to $2 million to reduce construction costs
  • $1,700 per bedroom average minimum greenhouse gas incentive
  • $100,000 New Adopter Design Award for eligible applicants constructing their first all-electric low-income multifamily building (10 or more units) to help defray direct design costs
  • The ability to layer funds with other programs and incentives
  • Reduce long-term utility costs for you and your residents
  • Eliminate the cost of gas infrastructure
  • Prepare for current and future state and local renewable energy policies

Who Qualifies for the BUILD Program?

The following applicants may qualify for the BUILD program:

  • Private and public owners or developers
  • Tribal communities
  • Nonprofit organizations

In addition, applicants must also:

  • Have at least five years of development experience
  • Have developed and received a California certificate of occupancy for at least one deed-restricted multifamily residence or one individual residence
  • Must be the legal entity or combination of legal entities with continuing control of the deed-restricted residential building
  • If applying for a single-family residence, sellers can only qualify if they’ll retain control of the project throughout the construction and completion of the project; all BUILD program requirements must also be met

Which Projects Are Eligible for the BUILD Program?

The following project may be eligible:

  • Residential new construction
  • Residential renovations that require more than 50% of the exterior walls to be altered
  • Repurposed commercial buildings that will be converted to residential housing

Projects must be in the service territories of Southern California Gas Company, Pacific Gas & Electric Company, San Diego Gas & Electric Company, or Southwest Gas Corporation and must meet all Low-Income Residential Housing Income Limit Requirements.

Find out more about the BUILD program and its incentives here.

Get Expert Assistance with The BUILD Program

If you’d like to take advantage of the significant incentives and resources offered by the BUILD program, contact Gilleran Energy Management. We’ve provided comprehensive energy and green building project management and consulting for commercial clients, affordable housing developers, homeowners, and municipalities throughout California since 2002. For more information about the BUILD program and how you might qualify, call GEM today at (707) 528-7318 or email us at

Latest Updates

NEW Energy Code Effective January 01, 2023!

July 14, 2022

The 2022 Energy Code now classifies the following as single-family residential buildings: single-family dwellings, duplexes, townhomes of any size, and accessory dwelling units. Low-rise and high-rise multifamily buildings have also been reorganized into one building type and multifamily building requirements have been moved to their own subchapters.

What’s Changed with the 2022 Energy Code?