4d affordable housing energy efficiency

You can apply for up to $50,000 in funds to reduce energy use in your 4d building.


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We help fund new energy-saving projects in 4d buildings. 

Do not apply for funding for projects you've started or finished.

Apply for funding for a new project

Eligible properties

Your property must:

  • Be located in the City of Minneapolis
  • Be enrolled in the 4d affordable housing incentive program

Read about the 4d affordable housing incentive program

Incentive amount and criteria

You can receive a match of 70% of your project cost up to a maximum match of $50,000. The 70% match will be made up of your utility rebates plus your City match. 

Grants, matches and rebates cannot exceed your total project cost.

Equipment must meet the recommended minimum efficiency guidelines. The Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) may recommend an exception to the guidelines.

Eligible projects

You can apply if your project does one of the following.

  • Qualifies for an Xcel or CenterPoint utility rebate
  • Facilitates an energy efficiency upgrade for: 
    • Ventilation
    • Knob and tube wiring
    • Furnace room
    • Asbestos removal
  • Switches from gas to electric 
    • Appliances
    • Cold climate heat pump
    • Water heater heat pump

Recommended minimum energy efficiency guidelines


  • AFUE - Annual fuel utilization efficiency
  • ECM - Electronically commutated motor
  • EER - Energy efficiency ratio
  • EF - Energy factor
  • HSFP - Heating seasonal performance factor
  • IEER - Integrated energy efficiency ratio
  • SEER -  Seasonal energy efficiency rating
  • UEF - Uniform energy factor
Boiler 91% AFUE
Furnace 96% AFUE or higher
ECM motor
Gas water heater tank < 75,000 BTU .68 UEF
Gas water heater tank > 75,000 BTU 88% efficient
Gas water heater tankless .87 UEF
Heat pump water heater 3.5 EF
Attic/roof insulation - pitch roof R-49 and air sealing
Attic/roof insulation - flat roof Evaluated case by case
Wall insulation Minimum of R-11
Attic joist insulation Minimum of R-10
Ventilation - bathroom exhaust Multispeed with ECM motor

Air source heat pumps


Central: 16 SEER (10.5 EER), HSFP 9.5 
Non-ducted: 16 SEER (9.0 EER), HSFP 10.6

Air source heat pumps


Central: 15.2 SEER2 (10 EER2), HSFP2 8.1

Non-ducted: 16 SEER2 (9.0 EER2), HSFP2 9.5

Rooftop Unit

<5.4 Tons: 15 SEER or greater

>5.4 Tons: 12 EER and 13 IEER or greater

How to get started



The first thing you should do is schedule an energy audit.

We recommend scheduling the audit at least one month before the application is due.

Contact the Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) to get started. 

Contact us

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Public Service Building
505 Fourth Ave. S., Room 520
Minneapolis, MN 55415