Mid- and High-Rise Multifamily Buildings

The need for efficient, resilient, durable housing in New York State with healthy indoor air quality is greater than ever.

The Multifamily New Construction Program provides technical assistance and incentives to high-rise, multifamily residential builders and developers who construct to high energy-efficiency standards including net-zero energy buildings, which are designed to produce as much energy as they use.

NYSERDA has made a total of $8 million available. Higher levels of support will be allocated to buildings for low- to moderate-income residents. The program supports solar and other renewable energy systems and energy efficiency measures such as increased insulation and improved air-sealing; high-efficiency heating, cooling, and balanced ventilation systems; and energy-saving appliances and lighting.

To be eligible, new construction or gut rehab multifamily building(s) projects must have 10 or more units and four or more stories. NYSERDA also has a program for low-rise buildings, typically defined as buildings with three or fewer stories.

How It Works

Building developers (considered Applicants in this program) must hire a Multifamily New Construction Partner (Partner), or a technical and design consulting firm that meets the criteria NYSERDA outlines in the Partnership Agreement below.

Prior to submitting an Application Package to NYSERDA, the Partner works with the potential Applicant to determine Multifamily New Construction Program eligibility, market type, and estimated incentives. NYSERDA is capping incentives by project, but the caps vary based on performance tier, market type of the project, and program year. 

Projects must achieve approved performance targets and meet program requirements to receive applicable NYSERDA incentives.

Developers can receive technical assistance, and financial incentives if they build to high efficiency standards, up to and including net zero buildings, by following one of these compliance paths, which are described in the Multifamily New Construction Program Guidelines below:

  • Performance Path with ENERGY STAR®
  • Passive House Institute US (PHIUS)
  • Passive House Institute (PHI)
  • Modified Prescriptive Path (MoPP)

Building performance is as much a function of proper building management as the design and construction. Therefore, after the project is complete, the developer or building owner must commit to benchmarking their building in Portfolio Manager software for a period of two years.

Who Can Apply

Building Developers

Developers must hire a Multifamily New Construction Partner, which is a technical consulting firm that has met the standards established by NYSERDA. Partners are the Applicant’s direct liaison to NYSERDA. 

Technical Consultants

Technical consulting firms can apply to NYSERDA to become a Multifamily New Construction Partner and help builders and developers build energy efficient and net zero multifamily buildings. NYSERDA expects the Partner to lead the application process.

How to Apply

Partners submit applications on behalf of building developers via online access.


NYSERDA will accept applications through December 29, 2017, or until funding is exhausted, whichever comes first.


Email MFNCP@trcsolutions.com for assistance.

Associated Documents

The following documents provide full details about the program and how to apply: