WASHINGTON — As part of its effort to research, develop, and demonstrate the effectiveness of propane technology, the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) is offering a monetary incentive to select qualifying builders who build new homes that follow the Propane Energy Pod model and include propane equipment for space heating, water heating, and other heating and power applications.

PERC noted it has conducted and published independent third-party research that shows the projected increase in energy efficiency, performance, comfort, and carbon-emission reductions of Pod homes when compared with all-electric counterparts. The Propane Energy Pod Builder Incentive Program is designed to promote the construction of Pod homes in the United States.

The council pointed out that it is not a rebate program, but rather a research initiative that seeks to gather relevant, useful data about the operation of propane equipment in real-world conditions. As such, program participants must agree to complete a survey that requests the following information about their business and marketing approach to the program manager:

• Product installation costs.

• Marketing capabilities.

• Relationships with manufacturer representatives.

• Internal safety and training methods.

Lastly, the program may consider the geographic location of the home as a factor in applicant selection.

Program guidelines are available here.

An online application form is available here.

Publication date: 5/5/2014

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