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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.

New Construction

  • 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.

Existing Buildings

  • 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 photosLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page..
  • 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].
Last Updated: 04/08/2014