HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 228        FILED ON: 1/8/2009

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1208



The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



In the Year Two Thousand Nine



An Act to Promote Energy Efficiency in Affordable Housing.


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

SECTION 1. Chapter 40B of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting, after section 21, the following section:- 

Section 21A.  When energy-efficient low and moderate income housing is constructed under a comprehensive permit, and certified by a home energy rating, each dollar saved in energy efficiency shall be added to a potential occupant’s income for the purposes of securing lower interest rates on a mortgage.  Income added due to energy efficiency shall be used on behalf of the potential occupant for the purposes of lowering the interest rate, or other positive purposes, and shall not be used to deny eligibility for the unit.

SECTION 2. This act shall take effect on July 1, 2009.