Awards Honor Energy Savings Achieved in Existing Multifamily Buildings and New Construction
November 25, 2013
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) recognized four engineering firms in New York City for achieving double the required energy savings on projects completed through the Multifamily Performance Program (MPP).
The firms receiving honors are the Association for Energy Affordability (AEA), Power Concepts, Steven Winter Associates and SustainAbility Partners.
Partners in MPP—energy specialists focused on improving multifamily building performance—earned the awards for providing outstanding work on an MPP project. The winning projects maximize energy efficiency to reduce energy consumption, costs and waste in multifamily buildings, while providing a more comfortable, healthy and sustainable environment for residents.
“Congratulations to the winners for leading the industry in New York State to improve energy efficiency in multifamily buildings,” said Tom Barone, acting vice president of Operations and Energy Services, NYSERDA. “As we work together to advance Governor Cuomo’s energy agenda, multifamily buildings provide opportunities to have a major impact on energy use and the environment.”
Energy savings in the multifamily sector complements Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s BuildSmart NY program, an initiative to improve energy efficiency in state buildings to reduce costs and environmental emissions. The target for Build Smart NY is a 20 percent reduction in state energy use intensity over seven years, compared to a 2010/2011 baseline.
Steven Winter Associates earned the Deep Savings Award for New Construction for its project at VIP Hughes Gardens in the Bronx. The firm achieved an impressive savings of 32 percent compared with conventional building practices for new construction. It also earned the Installer Award for New Construction, which recognizes the highest installed savings across an MPP partner’s new construction portfolio. New construction projects by Steven Winter Associates saved 13,498 million BTU in a 10-month period.
AEA and Power Concepts were winners for the Deep Savings Award for Existing Buildings in the High-Rise (10+ stories) category. AEA earned this distinction for energy-saving measures implemented at 17-85 215th Street, achieving 37 percent energy savings. Power Concepts earned the award for its project at Hampton House Condominiums with 28 percent achieved savings.
Sustainability Partners LLC won in a new award category for 2013 -- Customer Satisfaction. This award recognizes the MPP partner with the highest overall customer satisfaction score as measured by customer surveys.
The objective of each multifamily building project participating in MPP is to maximize energy efficiency to lower energy costs while improving the health and comfort of residents. Through the Multifamily Energy Performance Portfolio, owners, condo/co-op boards and developers have access to technical assistance, funding and low-cost financing from NYSERDA to implement energy-efficiency measures.
In addition to the New York City winners, two MPP partners outside New York City were also recognized by NYSERDA: En-Power Group in White Plains and C.J. Brown Energy P.C. in Buffalo.
For more information about NYSERDA’s Multifamily Energy Performance Portfolio, call 1-866-NYSERDA or visit www.nyserda.ny.gov/multifamily.
About NYSERDA’s Multifamily Energy Performance Portfolio
NYSERDA offers a portfolio of programs and incentives for owners, facility managers, developers and condo/co-op boards of multifamily buildings with five or more units. These resources make it easier to assess, fund, implement and measure energy efficiency upgrades that improve building performance and the bottom line.
NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect the environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York State since 1975. To learn more about NYSERDA’s programs and funding opportunities, visit nyserda.ny.gov or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, or Instagram.