Multifamily Building Residents

Multifamily Building Residents: Find an Energy-Efficient Apartment—or Help your Building Save Energy

Looking for a New Place to Live? Make your Next Apartment an Energy-Saver.

Whether you’re looking to rent an apartment or buy a condo or co-op unit, choosing an energy-efficient building is a smart, sensible thing to do. Efficient buildings save on energy costs, have a smaller carbon footprint and are more comfortable year-round.

These Labels Ensure your Energy Savings

In New York State, a large number of building owners and developers are choosing to improve the energy efficiency of apartment buildings by participating in NYSERDA’s Multifamily Performance Program. Buildings that go through the program earn particular labels for achieving significant energy savings. Here are two labels to look for, and a bit about what each means.

ENERGY STAR® — Qualified Buildings


You’ve probably seen the ENERGY STAR logo on an electrical appliance. But you might not know that the label is applied to apartment buildings for the same reason—because they are built to save energy.

If you see an ENERGY STAR-qualified building, that means the developer incorporated energy-saving measures into its design and construction. These improvements often include high-quality insulation, efficient lighting and appliances, and upgraded building mechanics. To earn the ENERGY STAR qualification, a building must save at least 15 percent more energy than a similar structure built to current building codes.

New York Energy Smart Buildings

New York Energy Smart Building

Buildings that earn the New York Energy Smart Building label completed an extensive, top-to-bottom energy efficiency improvement project that cut energy costs by at least 15%.

Each building has earned the New York Energy Smart Building Label has made energy saving improvements. Typical upgrade projects include measures such as lighting replacements, improved heating, and air conditioning equipment and better insulation.

Find Energy-Saving Apartments in your Area

Thousands of buildings across New York have earned energy efficiency qualifications. As you search for a new apartment, look for the ENERGY STAR or New York Energy Smart Building labels, and let your real estate agent or broker know that you want an energy efficient building.

Help your Building Save Energy

As a resident of a multifamily building, you probably have a pretty good sense of how efficiently your building uses energy. Think about the following:

  • Is your building older? Was it built before 1973?
  • Is your apartment too cold in the winter and too hot in the summer?
  • Are your rooms drafty?
  • Do the outside walls feel too cold or too hot?
  • Does your rent seem excessively high due to heating and/or electricity costs?

NYSERDA can help you and your landlord solve these energy problems and more. If your building contains five or more units, check out the NYSERDA's Multifamily Performance Program. (If your building contains 4 or fewer units, your landlord can take advantage of the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program to improve energy efficiency.)

Direct your landlord to NYSERDA’s Multifamily Performance Program and this website. Let the landlord know that he or she could be saving a lot of money by making the building more energy-efficient, and that a wide range of financial incentives and low-cost financing options are available to help defray the cost of upgrades.

Take your Own Next Steps

There’s plenty you and your neighbors can do to conserve energy. We regularly compile and update a list of energy-saving tips for homeowners and renters.


Call us at 1-866-NYSERDA.