Housing & Development

Get ahead of the energy efficiency curve

$3.4 billion annually. That is how much the multifamily building sector could save on energy costs if they participated in quality energy efficiency planning.

Efficient, optimized, for affordable buildings

Building systems are connected and improvements you make to one system can impact another. To fully optimize energy efficiency make sure your project is comprehensive and system-oriented. Upgrade your building’s performance with proven and trusted advanced technology and systems to see energy savings of 20% or more while reducing energy expenses and ensuring the health and safety of your tenants.

Get expert guidance on building upgrades


Building managers and owners, can get help with a single piece of equipment to comprehensive whole-building upgrades. NYSERDA's Multifamily Building Solutions Network serves as energy advisors who listen to your priorities and concerns to incorporate energy efficiency on a scale that makes sense for you. Providers understand the inherent complexities of energy efficiency projects, with the knowledge and experience to design and oversee energy efficiency upgrades to meet your needs.

Build Homes for Future Generations

Home builders, developers, and architects can set themselves apart by building new single-family homes, townhomes, and patio homes to energy efficiency standards above the New York State Building Code. All of these properties offer comfort, energy savings, healthy indoor air quality, as well as help the community to be more environmentally responsible for future generations.

Keep up with eco-conscious tenants

Millennials and Baby Boomers alike ask about more than square footage. Common questions from potential tenants that figure into their decision making include energy efficiency ratings, renewable energy choices, and sustainable building materials and practices. Thinking about the greater good has become a mainstream part of doing business in the multifamily sector.

Rise above the rest

To attract the increasing population of energy savvy tenants, mid- and high-rise multifamily developers are adopting the latest in building science practices. NYSERDA programs offer technical and financial support for new construction and gut rehab projects, helping builders and developers meet the demands of today’s marketplace.


See It in Action


Rose May Manor slashes energy use by 39%

Guy Demascole purchased this Pulaski, NY apartment complex in total disrepair. After launching into a comprehensive overhaul including energy efficiency upgrades, tenants now enjoy low energy costs and a high quality of living.


Download: The Rose May Manor case study (PDF 630.4 KB)


Regulation Notice


Local Law 87 of New York City's Greener, Greater Buildings Plan requires all buildings over 50,000 square feet to file an Energy Efficiency Report (EER) with the Department of Buildings once every 10 years. The EER consists of an ASHRAE Level II energy audit and retro-commissioning study of base building systems.

Local Law 84 requires owners of large buildings to annually measure their energy consumption through benchmarking. This provides building owners and potential buyers with a better understanding of a building's energy and water consumption, eventually shifting the market toward increasingly efficient, high-performing buildings.