Multifamily Performance Program Case Studies
Want to learn about multifamily buildings that have achieved significant savings through the Multifamily Performance Program? Below are links to PDF files you can download.
- Habitat for Humanity – NYC Atlantic Avenue multifamily project – A 25 percent improvement in energy use, a prestigious Gold certification from LEED, and predictable, affordable tenant energy bills for this 41-unit complex in Ocean Hill-Brownsville section of Brooklyn. Download the Atlantic Avenue case study [PDF].
- 1212 Martin Luther King Building – State-of-the-art building in the Bronx’s Highbridge neighborhood achieved an ENERGY STAR® rating and affordable rates for its tenants through a comprehensive suite of energy efficiency measures, which added only $3/sq ft to the $145/sq ft cost of the building, and will return upwards of $12,000 per year in energy savings. Download the Martin Luther King Building case study [PDF].
- Via Verde – The Multifamily Performance Program was an integral part of a larger initiative to develop this cutting-edge green building in The Bronx. Developers earned more than $600,000 in NYSERDA incentives to design energy-efficient features into Via Verde, which also has several green roofs and a large solar array. View the Via Verde video Case Study.
- AC Lofts – This 91-unit apartment complex was originally home to Buffalo's historic Alling and Cory paper warehouse. Now it's a thriving modern living space, complete with comprehensive energy efficiency upgrades including newly insulated walls and roofing, improved lighting and fixtures, motion sensors, water source heat pumps and energy-efficient appliances and motors. Since the renovation, the building has cut energy usage by an impressive 32 percent. And if that wasn't enough of a testament to its success, the complex has also garnered several awards for its role in the revitalization of downtown Buffalo. Download the full AC Lofts case study [PDF].
- Rose May Manor – Guy Demascole first purchased this Pulaski, NY apartment complex in total disrepair. However, a comprehensive rehabilitation project, including energy efficiency upgrades through NYSERDA’s Multifamily Performance Portfolio, transformed the property into a high-demand tenant destination. Taking advantage of over $98,000 in incentives and financing for the balance, Demascole made full-scale energy upgrades that slashed the building’s energy usage by 39%. Now, tenants enjoy low energy costs and high-quality of living – which, in turn, has generated a significant word-of-mouth effect.
- Carnegie House – The mechanical systems in this 21-story Manhattan co-op building needed an across-the-board update. Rather than simply replacing equipment, the building’s management and board decided to invest in a comprehensive energy upgrade project, creating more than $139,000 in annual cost savings. Download the full Carnegie House case study. Download the full Carnegie House case study [PDF].
- Riverview Court – This 343-unit affordable housing building needed an across-the-board update. By replacing aging windows, lighting and refrigerators and making other upgrades such as air sealing and installing electricity submeters, Riverview Court cut its energy costs by more than $300,000 a year. Download the full Riverview Court case study [PDF].
- Trump Tower at City Center – Just a few years after this White Plains high-rise was built, residents saw energy bills that were dramatically higher than expected. After completing a comprehensive energy upgrade project that improved lighting and added a combined heat and power unit, the building slashed energy use by 21 percent.
- Grant Village Apartments – Three dated, failing atmospheric boilers for 520 apartments across 45 buildings were upgraded to a decentralized approach that saved 25 percent and $293,643 in electricity and natural gas costs for this complex in Syracuse. Download the Grant Village case study [PDF].
- Saranac Lake Building – The mixed-use residential and commercial building at 135 Broadway in Saranac Lake turned around a long period of deferred maintenance and high energy bills with a comprehensive plan that cut energy use by 27 percent and delivered annual savings of $6,495. Projected payback time: 6.8 years. Download the Saranac Lake case study [PDF].
- Colvin Avenue Apartments – This two-story building in Buffalo, with 12 units, suffered from a variety of air-infiltration woes in addition to an aging central steam boiler and radiators with quirky controls. A comprehensive Energy Reduction Plan resulted in 40 percent energy savings in both electricity use and natural gas. In addition to upgrades to the building envelope and heating plant, a variety of health and safety issues were addressed. Here’s a quick look at the project, with before and after photos.
- Phipps Garden Apartments – This two-building Queens apartment complex was required to upgrade its #6 oil-burning boiler. Rather than do the minimum, Phipps Garden Apartments’ management invested in a comprehensive energy upgrade project, earning more than $300,000 in incentives and an annual energy savings of nearly $180,000. Phipps Garden Apartments case study [PDF].