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Multifamily Performance Partners Frequently Asked Questions

Multifamily Performance Partners

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Who can qualify to become a Partner?

Partners come in all shapes and sizes, from small engineering firms to large multinational corporations. What they all have in common is experience in delivering energy improvement projects to multifamily projects, as demonstrated by a minimum of three case studies. Applicants must be an established business with proven experience in energy auditing and assessment, utility bill analysis, whole building modeling, and construction oversight in multifamily projects. The Partner Application lists everything needed to submit a complete application.

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My company has solid related experience but does not specifically have three multifamily projects to show in the case studies. Can we qualify to become a Partner?

Yes, as long as your experience is translatable into the multifamily sector. To show this, submit three case studies as part of the Partner application that best represent your company’s ability to provide services to the multifamily market. Case studies should focus on whole-building energy scopes of work you may have completed for institutional, commercial/industrial buildings, or other properties that have similar systems as multifamily buildings. In addition to the case studies, in the management plan section of the Partner application, explain how your firm’s non-multifamily experience and skills are transferable to this Program and how you intend to enter the multifamily market.

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I have 20 years of experience in installing heating systems in multifamily buildings, and am a BPI accredited heating specialist. How can I participate in this program?

To be eligible to become a Partner, you must have acted in the lead capacity on at least three completed multifamily (or similar type) projects that included comprehensive energy scopes of work. Comprehensive scopes of work typically include shell, HVAC, and electrical measures.

Review the Partner Application and Partnership Agreement to determine whether or not your firm meets the program requirements. If not, you are still welcome to contact approved Partners and offer to be a subconsultant or installation contractor on their projects in your area(s) of expertise.

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Are there limitations on the services that a Partner may provide to building owners as part of the Program?

Many Partners offer a menu of related services to their clients, including design engineering, architectural services, Local Law compliance, and installation contracting. Partners are welcome to offer additional services to their MPP clients.

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How are Partners paid? Does NYSERDA pay me?

NYSERDA incentives are paid directly to the building owner. Partners are paid by their client, the building owner or developer, not by NYSERDA. Partners negotiate their fees and contracts with their clients. NYSERDA does provide incentives to Partners to help offset the cost of advertising and software as outlined in the Partnership Agreement (available for review on the NYSERDA website.

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Can I serve just the Existing Building or New Construction component?

Yes. You can serve either Existing Buildings or New Construction or both, as long as you meet the qualifications for each component. Each component requires specialized skills and experience. Partners that are approved to serve the Existing Building component may also offer services for the Benchmarking Component. If applying for both Existing Buildings and New Construction, the application should show expertise in BOTH components, therefore three case studies are required for each component you are applying to serve.

Partners can choose to provide all services internally, subcontract out portions of the services, or act solely as a Project Manager and subcontract out all services. As an alternative, the Partner and owner may agree that the owner should directly contract for specific services identified as Program requirements, although the Partner will remain responsible to NYSERDA to ensure those requirements are met.

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How are Partners selected to participate?

An Evaluation Panel meets quarterly to review applications. The Evaluation Panel consists of members from NYSERDA, NYS Department of Public Service, and the Program Implementer (TRC). After the Evaluation Panel meets, NYSERDA issues a determination letter to each applicant. Applicants that are not approved are welcome to resubmit for future Evaluation Panels.

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Is there a deadline to apply to become a Partner?

Applications are accepted and reviewed quarterly. Application cutoff deadlines are typically the last day of the quarter – check the NYSERDA website for a list of specific dates.

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Will firms who have been previously denied acceptance into the Partner Network be allowed to reapply?

Yes. Applicants who are not approved are welcome to reapply for future evaluation rounds. There is no penalty or points deducted for reapplying.

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In what format does the application need to be submitted?

One electronic copy (on CD or flash drive) of the Partner application must be submitted. Include any additional documentation, as necessary, on the CD or flash drive. Refer to the Partner Application for complete requirements.

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How many projects does NYSERDA assign to each Partner?

NYSERDA does not assign projects to Partners. Participants (building owners and developers) choose a Partner as they would any other professional services provider. NYSERDA does not recommend or endorse any firm in the Partner Network to potential participants. As part of a competitive marketplace, Partners develop relationships with interested participants to sell their services.

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How much can I charge to provide Partner Services?

NYSERDA does not set Partner fees. Partner fees are paid by the building owner to a Partner to provide energy efficiency expertise and guide the project through MPP. While NYSERDA does track Partner fees, it does not set fees - that is negotiated between each Partner and building owner/developer.

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I have experience doing ASHRAE Level 2 audits for New York City Local Law 87 compliance. Does that level of audit meet the MPP requirements, or is an ASHRAE Level 3 audit required?

Local Law 87 energy assessments do not demonstrate the skills required to perform MPP Partner services. MPP Partners perform whole-building modeling and assessment. Many of the Local Law 87 energy improvements focus on operational improvements, where MPP focuses on capital improvements. Therefore, applicants should show that they have experience modeling, evaluating, and implementing capital improvements such as boiler replacements, building shell improvements, and upgrades to lighting, appliances, and motors.

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I have experience with developing audits for MF buildings, but the projects I have worked on have never progressed into the implementation phase. Will this hurt my application?

MPP provides incentives for the installation of energy improvements in multifamily buildings. Applicants who are unable to show experience with construction and installation will be at a disadvantage.

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My company has completed several multifamily building projects; however, the project lead no longer works for our firm. Can we still use those projects for our Case Studies?

Your Partner Application should demonstrate your firm’s current abilities.

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Where can I get more information about the Multifamily Performance Program?

Please visit www.nyserda.ny.gov/multifamily for details.

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Who can I contact with more questions about becoming a Partner?

Please contact the Partner Liaison at EStar@trcsolutions.com or Lindsey Wilson at lwilson@trcsolutions.com.

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Last Updated: 07/23/2013