What is RetrofitNY

Multifamily buildings

RetrofitNY, a NYSERDA initiative, is revolutionizing the way buildings are renovated in New York State. Our goal is to spearhead the creation of standardized, scalable solutions and processes that will improve the aesthetic and comfort of residential buildings while dramatically improving their energy performance. RetrofitNY is working aggressively to bring a large number of affordable housing units to or near net-zero energy use by 2025, and provide new business opportunities in the State of New York. Our efforts support Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s ambitious climate goals while improving the quality of life for affordable housing residents.

The RetrofitNY approach is based on the successful European program, EnergiesprongLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page., which has brought 4,500 units of affordable housing to net-zero energy with 18,000 more in the pipeline. Launched in the Netherlands in 2013, Energiesprong is found in France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and, now, New York. Adapting this tested and proven model to New York, we are transforming the building renovation industry through four key actions:

  1. Aggregating demand among building owners, harnessing their collective market power
  2. Mobilizing the building industry to develop innovative technical solutions to substantially improve affordable housing buildings while residents continue to live in their apartments
  3. Engage with manufacturers to help drive innovation, availability and cost compression of relevant technologies
  4. Working with financial organizations to fund projects by capturing energy savings
  5. Engaging regulatory agencies to help facilitate widespread adoption

RetrofitNY will begin with affordable housing where high-performance retrofits have the potential to improve resident well-being. The relative uniformity of the building stock will also allow us to rapidly activate a large market and compress cost by using similar solutions on a number of buildings.

Where Are We Now? 

Currently, we are working to develop proof-of-concepts in the low- and mid-rise residential typologies in NYS. The winning teams for the first pilot round were awarded on June 27, 2018. We are working with a broad swath of industry first-movers in the engineering, finance, construction, and building sectors to develop cutting-edge, energy-efficient designs and new business opportunities in New York. Together, we will:

  • Improve living space comfort and indoor air quality, as well as the exterior aesthetics of the current building supply
  • Provide substantial savings on utility and maintenance expenses for building owners and/or residents, and use these savings to finance the improvements
  • Serve as a model for the industry beyond New York to follow in encouraging energy efficiency in existing buildings

Interested in Working With RetrofitNY?

If you are a manufacturer of building products, such as façade or other building related systems such as HVAC, or a building owner with a portfolio of buildings and are interested in working with the RetrofitNY initiative, please contact the RetrofitNY team to discuss.

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