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 $11 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 be 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 engage with or hire a Multifamily New Construction Partner to act as their primary resource for technical services and in general support of their participation.

Prior to submitting a Project Application to NYSERDA, the Partner can work with the potential Applicant to establish eligibility and estimated incentives, which may be subject to a per project cap. Higher incentives are offered for projects if occupants will meet the low to moderate income criteria detailed in the Multifamily New Construction Program Guidelines. 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.

How to Apply

Project Applications are available for submission through Program Opportunity Notice (PON) 3716.

Deadline

NYSERDA will accept applications through December 31, 2018, or until funding is exhausted, whichever comes first.

Contact

Email MFNCP@trcsolutions.com for assistance.

Associated Documents

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