Beneficial Tax Credits for New Homes and Upgrades.

Inflation Reduction Act:

If you make energy improvements to your home, tax credits are available for a portion of qualifying expenses. The credit amounts and types of qualifying expenses were expanded by the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022.

Proper insulation is essential in creating an efficient and comfortable home. The good news is that through the Inflation Reduction Act, there are tax credits for both new homes and upgrades to existing homes, and those tax credits can benefit everyone including contractors.

New home builders can take advantage of the 45L tax credits, while the 25C tax credits are for homeowners to claim – but because homeowners need someone to do the work of installing additional insulation, 25C is a win for contractors too by creating new jobs. Whether it’s 45L or 25C, Johns Manville has the details for you.

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Who Can Claim The Credits?

You can claim either the Energy Efficient Home Improvement Credit or the Residential Energy Clean Property Credit for the year when you make qualifying improvements.

Homeowners who improve their primary residence will find the most opportunities to claim a credit for qualifying expenses. Renters may also be able to claim credits, as well as owners of second homes used as residences.

The credits are never available for improvements made to homes that you don’t use as a residence.

Energy Efficient Home Improvement Credit

These expenses may qualify if they meet requirements detailed on

  • Exterior doors, windows, skylights and insulation materials
  • Central air conditioners, water heaters, furnaces, boilers and heat pumps
  • Biomass stoves and boilers
  • Home energy audits

The amount of the credit you can take is a percentage of the total improvement expenses in the year of installation:

  • 2022: 30%, up to a lifetime maximum of $500
  • 2023 through 2032: 30%, up to a maximum of $1,200 (biomass stoves and boilers have a separate annual credit limit of $2,000), no lifetime limit.

Q: Who is eligible for tax credits?

A: Homeowners, including renters for certain expenditures, who purchase energy and other efficient appliances and products.

Q: What do consumers do to get the credit(s)?

A: Fill out IRS Form 5695, following IRS instructions, and include it when filing your tax return. Include any relevant product receipts.

Q: Are there limits to what consumers can claim?

A: Consumers can claim the same or varying credits year after year with new products purchased, but some credits have an annual limit.


Which Projects Qualify?

Contractors who build or substantially reconstruct qualified energy-efficient homes may be eligible for tax credits up to $5,000 per home. The amount of the credit depends on factors including the type of home, its energy efficiency, and the date when someone buys or rents it.

Eligible Builders & Homes

To qualify, a builder must:

  • Construct or substantially reconstruct a qualified energy-efficient home
  • Own the home and have a basis in it during construction
  • Sell or rent it to an individual for use as a residence

To qualify, a home must be:

  • A single-family or multifamily home (includes a manufactured home)
  • Located in the United States
  • Purchased or rented by someone to use as a residence
  • Certified to meet applicable energy requirements based on home type and sale date

Credit Amount for 2023 and After

For 2023 through 2033, the credit amounts are as follows.

$5,000 per home for new single-family and manufactured homes that are:

  • Eligible for the ENERGY STAR program
  • Certified by the Zero Energy Ready Home Program

$1,000 per unit for new multifamily homes that are:

  • Part of an ENERGY STAR-eligible building
  • Certified by the Zero Energy Ready Home Program

A $5,000 per unit credit may be available to builders who construct qualified multifamily homes if they also meet prevailing wage requirements.