MPP Provider Portal

NYSERDA’s Multifamily Performance Program (MPP) helps developers, building owners, and their representatives to plan and implement energy efficiency projects within existing affordable multifamily buildings with five or more units.

Multifamily Building Solutions Providers can access guidance documents, modeling tools, tech tips, marketing materials, and general updates below related to the Multifamily Performance Program. If you have any questions about these materials, please contact mfbuildingsolutions@nyserda.ny.gov.

News and Events

MPP – Heat Pump Demonstration Study

MPP project applications submitted on or after December 4, 2020 that include heat pump measures are eligible to participate in the MPP – Heat Pump Demonstration Study. Projects that participate in this Study are eligible to receive a NYSERDA heat pump incentive, MPP incentives and utility-administered NYS Clean Heat Program incentives. Review the Addendum [PDF]  for details on how to participate and the frequently asked questions [PDF]  for more information. The incentives under the Heat Pump Demonstration Study will be available on a first-come, first serve basis.

TREAT Model Aggregation Tool & In-Unit Reference Guide

The Multifamily Performance Program (MPP) team has developed a TREAT Model Aggregation Tool to assist TREAT modelers import their simulation results into the format which the SAV-IT requires. The TREAT Model Aggregation Tool received an update on 1/20/2021. We have also added the “In-Unit Reference Guide” for navigating COVID-19 building access restrictions; the document determines how to gather information and track in-unit assumptions for a variety of measures. You can now access the tools and accompanying instruction slides below in the “Tools and Calculators” section. The links are provided here for your convenience:

If you have any questions or would be interested in a demonstration on how to use either of these tools, please do not hesitate to contact mfbuildingsoltuions@nyserda.ny.gov.

Multifamily Performance Program Update

Please note, the incentive schedule for Version 9 and 8.1 referenced in the FAQ are superseded by the incentive schedule established by the COVID-19 Response - Temporary Changes to MPP [PDF]. The temporary changes have been extended and will now expire on June 30, 2021.

We are happy to announce two significant changes to the Multifamily Performance Program that will go into effect immediately:

  • The energy savings threshold for MPP projects has been reduced from 20% to 15%, and
  • MPP will track energy savings in site savings rather than source savings.

These changes are to alleviate barriers to project participation and support market adoption of energy efficiency measures.  By reducing the energy savings threshold to 15%, we hope to spur energy efficiency adoption for projects that may not meet the more challenging 20% threshold.  Furthermore, by switching to site savings, we hope to encourage the inclusion of heat pump measures as an alternative to fossil fuel burning heating systems. 
 
These changes are part of a larger suite of updates to the Program intended to streamline Program processes.  The Program Guidelines, Terms and Conditions (T&C) and SAV-IT, along with marketing materials, such as fact sheets, infographics, and websites, will be updated to reflect these changes.  Providers may use the existing Version 8.1 documentation for project submissions until the new versions are available.  Applications that are submitted before the new T&C are available will be asked to sign the new T&C version when it’s released.  Please refer to this FAQ document [PDF] for additional details. If you have any questions about the updates, please contact Brian Cabezas, brian.cabezas@nyserda.ny.gov.

Now Eligible for Multifamily Buildings: FlexTech and On-site Energy Manager

The FlexTech Program offers a cost share to produce an objective, site-specific, and targeted study on how best to implement clean energy and/or energy efficiency technologies. FlexTech funds can cover energy audits and energy assessments. Flextech services may be provided by either a FlexTech Consultant or an Independent Service Provider. If you are interested in becoming a FlexTech Consultant, review Request for Proposals (RFP) 3628 to explore the program qualifications; firms approved through this RFP will receive an agreement that will remain in effect until June 30th.  2026. If you have any questions do not hesitate to reach out to the NYSERDA multifamily contact for FlexTech, Brian Cabezas, brian.cabezas@nyserda.ny.gov.

Onsite Energy Manager (OsEM) is a pilot program to demonstrate the value of a dedicated on-site energy manager. This program is intended for commercial and industrial facilities or multifamily buildings that do not have an existing dedicated full-time OsEM. An OsEM could oversee a single multifamily building or a portfolio of multifamily buildings. As part of the pilot program, NYSERDA will cost-share 75% of the salary costs, up to a certain cap, related to an onsite energy manager position. Applicants may seek support for a new permanent hire, a consultant, or a hybrid of supplementing permanent staff with a Consultant.  This offering is available through December 30, 2022 or until all funds are fully committed.  If you have any questions do not hesitate to reach out to the NYSERDA multifamily contact for On-site Energy Manager, Lee Butler (Lee.Butler@nyserda.ny.gov).

Program Options

Temporary Changes for MPP in Response to COVID-19

NYSERDA is making temporary adjustments to the MPP rules to provide the needed flexibility and to better support your business. The Temporary Changes were announced to Providers via email on April 8, 2020 and extended until June 30, 2021. The Temporary Changes received updates on June 9, 2020 and December 23, 2020. Please refer to the full guidance, COVID-19 Response - Temporary Changes to MPP [PDF], under the Program Options section below.

The Temporary Changes include the ability for Participants (the building owners) to assign incentive payments directly to Providers. Please see the Program Options section below to access the associated forms.

Heat Pump Demonstration Study

Assignment of Incentive Payments

As part of MPP’s Temporary Changes, the “Assignment of Incentive Payments” option will be in place until December 31, 2020.  

Assignment of Incentive Payment: Forms and Information

High Performance Component Version 8.1

The latest version of the High-Performance Component released December 2018 includes the following update:

  • Clarification of on-site generation and the impact on energy targets
  • Additional information on how HPC interacts with other programs

Application

Construction

Savings Verification and Information Tool

Stage 4

Guidelines

MPP Version 8.1

The latest version of the Program released December 2018 includes the following updates to the Version 8 program:

  • Site-source ratio was changed from 3.14 to 2.55 (to reflect current conditions)
  • Requirement was added to follow the Simulation Guidelines in order to calculate energy savings
  • Local Law 84 was corrected to Local Law 87
  • Method to exclude savings from on-site generation was added
  • Timeline for the utility data pull in the Terms and Conditions was extended from 5 years to 10 years

Application

Construction

Savings Verification and Information Tool

Stage 4

Guidelines

MPP Version 8

High Performance Component Version 8

MPP Version 7

MPP Version 6

MPP Version 5

MPP New Construction Version 6

Construction

Guidelines

Performance Path

Modified Prescritive Path

Data Release Authorization Forms

MPP New Construction Version 5

Construction

Guidelines

Performance Path

Modified Prescriptive Path

Data Release Authorization Forms

MPP New Construction Version 4

Energy Use Snapshot

Through this service, Providers can request a free weather-normalized energy usage report for a multifamily building that is participating in MPP. Experienced professionals build the Snapshot report by applying tested, trusted industry best practices to actual electricity and gas usage data straight from the utilities. The Snapshot Report saves you money and time and gives you the most reliable starting point possible when considering an energy efficiency project.

Benefits of a Snapshot

The Snapshot is delivered as an Excel file, so you can view cell formulas. It provides analytics and graphs that can help you to:

  • Calibrate simulation models to weather-normalized billing usage
  • Analyze the property's heating, cooling, and baseload energy usage patterns
  • Identify which energy loads have the biggest opportunities for conservation measures

Snapshot Details

Utility data gathering. NYSERDA will obtain and include up to two years of electricity and gas usage data from the utilities. Providers will need to supply NYSERDA with bulk fuels and district steam usage data, as that cannot be obtained directly by NYSERDA. For properties with direct-metered residential units, the report includes the sample of in-unit meters and shows the process used for scaling up the sample to represent 100% of the residential units.

Regression analysis. The weather-normalized energy usage is determined by a regression analysis performed on the property's actual utility usage data. The analysis follows best practices for weather normalized energy measurement as established in ASHRAE Guideline 14 and the International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol (IPMVP). The results of the regression analysis for each fuel are provided in the report along with a comparison showing how the regression model "fits" the original billing data. 

Degree day data. The report contains heating and cooling degree days and average temperatures per utility billing period.

Useful metrics. The report contains useful metrics about the property's energy use, such as heating and cooling slopes, baseload usage per apartment, and more.

Report delivery timeline. Reports are generally delivered to Providers about four weeks after they are requested.

Please note that a Provider must apply for this free Energy Use Snapshot service for any property that participates in the Multifamily Performance Program.

How to Request a Snapshot

A Provider must provide property information from the building owner and upload supporting documents in the Request Form in CRISLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.. You should only submit an Energy Use Snapshot application if the project intends on also applying to MPP.

How to Request an Updated Snapshot for the Same Property

Requesting an additional Snapshot, months or years later, can help you to track achieved energy savings at the property. If you have already received a Snapshot for the property, getting an update is easy. Confirm or update the following information if it has changed since the last report. Do not complete a second Request Form through CRIS – instead, email the information outlined below to multifamilyprograms@nyserda.ny.gov

  • Name of the property – as it appears in the original Snapshot report
  • Bulk fuels and district steam billing data – attach updated billing and delivery data
  • Utility’s aggregated data – if you used these in the original Snapshot request submission, attach an updated file
  • New utility account numbers for common area of master meters – if the property has new accounts for common area of master meters since the original Snapshot, provide signed Data Release Authorization Forms (DRAFs) for those new account numbers. You do not need to send new DRAFs for any account numbers that were submitted with your original Snapshot request.
  • Changes to the building’s heating, cooling and DHW equipment – briefly describe any changes to fuel type and associated equipment
  • Property stats – if any of the following stats have changed since the original Snapshot report please provide updates: total heated floor area (sq. ft.); number of apartments; number of bedrooms
  • Any other information – review your original Request Form on CRIS. If any information has changed, please list the updated information in your email request

Contact 

Email snapshot@taitem.com if you have questions about the Energy Use Snapshot request process. 

Data Release Authorization Forms

Data Release Authorization Forms (DRAFs) allow NYSERDA to pull customer utility data. DRAFs are required as part of the Energy Use Snapshot application and at the As-Built stage. Reach out to your case manager for more details.

The following DRAFs authorize access to building consumption data for 10 years and supersede Terms and Conditions that have shorter data access timeframes.

For projects with new Terms and Conditions that authorize access to building consumption data for 10 years, use the following DRAFs, where the superseded language has been removed.

Technical Tips

Tech Tips offer guidance and support for preparing the energy model and other required documentation for MPP submittals.

Webinars

MPP conducts quarterly webinars for Providers. The webinars generally consist of updates on the multifamily market, new technology discussions, and presentations on informative and relevant studies. The slides from previous MPP quarterly webinars can be requested by emailing mfbuildingsolutions@nyserda.ny.gov.

Tools and Calculators

Model Calibration Tool - Weather Data

These tools and calculators are resources for MPP Providers for the energy modeling process.

Quality Assurance Reference Guide

Reference guide to understand quality assurance scoring criteria and specific requirements when installing measures.

TREAT Model Aggregation Tool

This tool is designed to assist modelers in importing TREAT simulation results into SAV-IT. The accompanying slides provide instructions to operate the tool and transfer the calculations into SAV-IT.

In-Unit Reference Guide

In light of COVID-19 building restrictions, the In-Unit Reference Guide will help determine how to gather information and track in-unit assumptions for a variety of measures. This reference document is meant to complement the guidance in the Simulation Guidelines and quality control flags built into the SAV-IT.

Marketing

Marketing is critical in exposing the multifamily market to MPP. In this section, we will provide various materials to assist you in your marketing and outreach efforts. If you have any suggestions for new materials or feedback on existing ones, please contact mfbuildingsolutions@nyserda.ny.gov.

MPP At a Glance Fact Sheet

For conversations that could benefit from illustrating a clear explanation of the MPP process and how building owners can reach the 15% energy savings threshold, NYSERDA brought together our two infographics into one sales sheet.

Getting to 15% Savings Infographic

A visual that outlines some common measures to reach the 15% energy savings threshold for MPP. You can use this visual to facilitate conversations with potential clients or integrate into marketing activities on MPP.

Program Process Infographic

A graphic that clearly and simply explain the process of MPP from a building owner’s standpoint. This graphic identifies the steps in the process and who is responsible for what along each step of the way and when they get their incentives. You can share this with potential clients or integrate into marketing activities on MPP.

Attribution Logo

NYSERDA developed an attribution logo for Multifamily Building Solutions Providers to help identify your affiliation to the program on marketing and promotional materials related to MPP. The logo can be used on your websites, brochures and fact sheets, newsletters, and event-related materials that talk about MPP. Please refer to the attached guidelines regarding the use of the logo.

MPP Program Fact Sheet

Share this fact sheet with your potential clients so they can understand what MPP offers.

Talking Points

The following MPP Talking Points are intended to help you talk about MPP.  This document is not to be handed directly to building owners; rather it is designed to help in preparation of client meetings, develop marketing materials, website content and overall sell energy efficiency and the value of MPP. The copy can be leveraged directly or customized.

Building Energy Exchange’s High-Performance Technology Primers

The Building Energy Exchange developed High-Performance Technology Primers to help building owners better understand how different building system solutions can save energy and improve comfort in their buildings. You can use or reference the Primers in conversations with building owners as needed. Explore the categories below on the Building Energy Exchange websiteLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.:

  • Heating, Cooling, and Ventilation
  • Building Envelope
  • Domestic Hot Water
  • Lighting and Plug Loads
  • Renewable Energy

Case Studies

Show your clients how MPP has led to real, tangible benefits for affordable multifamily building owners across New York State.

  • Bronx, NY [PDF]: Two buildings, 108 units with projected annual energy savings of 28% and 31% and projected annual energy cost savings of $69,033 and $84,783
  • Watertown, NY [PDF]: Five buildings, 92 units with projected annual energy savings of 37% and projected annual energy cost savings of $30,389
  • Syracuse, NY [PDF]: One building, 37 units with projected annual energy savings of 27% and projected annual energy cost savings of $18,161
  • Albany, NY [PDF]: One Building, 211 units with projected annual energy savings of 22% and projected annual energy cost savings of $168,540