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The reports below provide insights into deep energy retrofits and decarbonization of New York’s multifamily housing stock. From case studies to market analyses, this information is intended to help multifamily property owners and portfolio managers make informed decisions on carbon-neutral retrofits.   


Financial Products to Unlock The Value of Deep Energy Retrofits: A Feasibility Study (Executive Summary)

Learn about recommendations for creating financial products to reduce building emissions and improve returns to building owners. Download the Financial Products to Unlock The Value of Deep Energy Retrofits: A Feasibility Study (Executive Summary) [PDF]

ACEEE Report: Energy Labels Affect Behavior on Rental Listing Websites: A Controlled Experiment 

Learn about a discrete choice experiment that examines energy efficiency labels for rental properties.  The research evaluates how energy efficiency information impacts renter behavior when looking for housing on rental listing websites.

The report summarizes the findings from the experiment, explains the key design features of effective energy labels, and provides recommendations to local policymakers for designing and implementing energy disclosure policies for rental properties.  

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Cost-Effective Solar Strategies for Affordable Housing in New York State

Learn about cost barriers to adopting solar for affordable multifamily housing and how deep energy retrofits can make it financially viable. Download the Solar Strategies report [PDF].  

Energiesprong: A Dutch Approach to Deep Energy Retrofits and Its Applicability to the New York Market

Explore an assessment of the Netherland’s Energiesprong program’s transferability to the New York State market, conducted by Ian Shapiro of Taitem Engineering. The report identifies recommendations for adopting or modifying the program for New York State. Download the Approach to Deep Energy Retrofits report [PDF].

Market Characterization Study: Building Stock Assessment and Architectural Profiles of Predominant New York State Multifamily and Higher Education Dormitory Building Types

Learn more about the prevalent building typologies throughout New York State’s multifamily building sector in this joint study by Syracuse University and Pratt Institute. The building inventory assessment and architectural profiles developed for each typology should prove useful to those interested in developing the technologies and processes critical to retrofitting buildings to meet deep energy and net zero performance levels. Download Market Characterization Report [PDF]

To examine the highlights of architectural information and building characteristics of the mid-rise, postwar residential buildings primarily in the New York City area download the Typology 8 Addendum [PDF]

To learn more about New York State higher education dormitory building types download the Dormitory Typology Report [PDF].

Pilot Project Round 1 Final Reports – Successes and Challenges

Access final team reports that highlight the solutions they developed to advance toward net zero retrofits in today’s market, as well as the challenges to overcome to retrofit our residential building stock at scale. Based on the learnings from these six pilot designs, the RetrofitNY team is engaging with industry stakeholders to reduce cost and streamline processes to facilitate cost effective net zero retrofits.

Chris Benedict, RA and RiseBoro Community Partners [PDF] 

  • A four-story, 46-unit building in Brooklyn

Bright Power and Volmar Construction [PDF]

  • A five-story, 42-unit building in the Bronx

King + King Architects and Rock PMC [PDF] 

  • A two-story, eight-unit building in Phoenix outside Syracuse that is part of a five-building campus

SWBR Architects and Conifer Realty [PDF]

  • A two-story, 24-unit building in Portville in the Western NY Region

The International Center for Appropriate and Sustainable Technology (ICAST) and Beacon Communities [PDF]

  • A two-story, six-unit building that is part of a six-building campus in Troy.

The Levy Partnership and Joint Ownership Entity (JOE) NYC [PDF]

  • A six-story, 21-unit building in Harlem.

RetrofitNY: Cost Compression Study Phase I and II

Phase I - Evaluation of Deliverables and Main Cost Drivers 

Read the analysis conducted by Steven Winter Associates on the proposed solutions and primary cost drivers for the first six RetrofitNY pilot projects. Download Cost Compress Study - Phase I [PDF].  

Phase II - Opportunities for Cost-Effective Improvements in Net Zero-Level Performance Multifamily Residences
Read the analysis conducted by Steven Winter Associates on an optimal performance specification for net zero energy retrofit solutions to enhance efficiency and reduce cost. Download Cost Compress Study - Phase II [PDF]. To examine the highlights of the optimal performance specification to achieve a near-net zero level of performance for multifamily residential housing download the Mid-Rise Typology Addendum [PDF].