Multifamily properties rely on energy to provide tenants with a safe, comfortable place to call home.
Discover new ways that managing energy can lead to long-term savings and year-round comfort at your properties.
How you benefit
- Lower operating and maintenance costs and extend the lifespan of your equipment
- Increase tenant satisfaction by improving the aesthetics and comfort of spaces
- Mitigate risk and tenant complaints by avoiding unexpected building maintenance issues
- Improve the asset value and marketability of your properties
Key energy saving opportunities
1. Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
Heating and cooling are often the largest expenses at multifamily properties. By properly maintaining equipment or upgrading to high-efficiency HVAC systems, you can improve your building’s energy performance. If any of your systems are more than 10 years old or are not operating effectively, consider upgrading to newer, more energy-efficient models. Newer systems can improve tenant comfort with better climate and temperature control
2. Building Envelope Upgrades
Building envelope upgrades (increasing insulation, weatherstripping windows, etc.) can be a low-cost, effective way to improve the comfort of your buildings and properties. Making improvements helps to both regulate your indoor climate and protect tenants from the outdoors. These upgrades can also help ensure that your heating and cooling systems are performing efficiently, saving you energy and money.
3. Strategic Energy Management (SEM)
SEM is the framework for aligning energy efficiency with business practices and opportunities. Instead of managing energy saving projects one by one, it allows you to manage energy in a coordinated and strategic way across your portfolio of properties. SEM is a holistic process that includes forming a dedicated energy team, regularly collecting and tracking your energy use, creating an energy action plan, driving employee engagement, and more.
4. Clean Heating and Cooling Upgrades
Clean heating and cooling technologies, such as heat pumps, make it possible to keep your tenants comfortable year-round, save energy, and reduce your carbon footprint. Unlike conventional HVAC systems, heat pumps draw heat from the environment and move it indoors to heat or move it outdoors to cool your building. Heat pumps also allow for zoned heating and cooling—letting you customize the temperature of different spaces.
Multifamily Programs and Resources
- Multifamily Performance Program for Existing Buildings (NYSERDA) – NYSERDA provides incentives of $700-$3,500 per unit to affordable multifamily property owners for making building improvements that reach 15% or more in annual energy savings
- Low Carbon Capital Planning Support for Multifamily Buildings (NYSERDA) – Provides a 75% cost-share towards an energy study to help owners develop a step-by-step capital plan for their Multifamily property or portfolio to integrate low carbon retrofits at their own pace.
- Low Carbon Pathways for Multifamily Buildings (NYSERDA) – NYSERDA provides incentives of $700-$5,000+ per unit for the installation of low carbon energy-saving upgrade packages for existing market-rate and affordable multifamily buildings, including incentives for upgrades to the building envelope, ventilation, heating and cooling systems, and domestic hot water (DHW) systems.
- Building Operations and Maintenance Workforce Development Training Program (NYSERDA) – NYSERDA will share up to 50 percent of the cost, up to $400,000, to help employers and building owners develop training projects that create the educational strategy, on-site training framework, and tools needed to advance the skills of building operations and maintenance workers
- Flexible Technical Assistance (FlexTech) Program (NYSERDA) – Financial support for completing an energy study to identify and evaluate opportunities to reduce energy costs and incorporate clean energy into capital planning.
- Real Time Energy Management (RTEM) Program (NYSERDA) – Financial and technical support for installing a cutting-edge real-time energy management system (RTEM). NYSERDA will cost-share up to 30 percent of the overall RTEM project expenses and provide support to reap the benefits of building performance optimization.
- Charge Ready NY (NYSERDA) – Rebates for the installation of electric vehicle charging stations, up to $4,000 per charging port installed. This can be combined with a New York State tax credit.
- Energy Storage (NYSERDA) – Technical assistance and funding opportunities for implementing an energy storage system.
- NY-Sun (NYSERDA) – Financial incentives and financing to offset the cost of purchasing and installing a solar system for your business. NYSERDA is also providing $350 per kWh of energy storage capacity.
- NYC Retrofit Accelerator (City of New York) – Trusted experts provide free, one-on-one advisory services to streamline the process of making building improvements, connect you with qualified contractors, find incentives and financing, and train your building staff
For a full list of programs, visit our energy programs and incentives page.
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