Looking outside California: a new multi-family energy program was announced this week from New York State. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is relaunching its Multifamily Performance Program, with support of $27 million specifically for affordable housing from the state’s Clean Energy Fund.
As covered in MultiHousing News: “The improvements will lower owners and residents’ bills by $450 million over the 15-year lifetime of the upgrades and will improve the health of more than 220,000 affordable households by 2019, according to the NYSERDA release.
“In conjunction with this effort, NYSERDA and the NYS Homes & Community Renewal (HCR) will also be coordinating the development of sustainable affordable housing in the state.
“For existing buildings, NYSERDA will assist HCR in implementing new requirements to baseline and benchmark developments’ energy usage and connect building owners with incentives and technical assistance providers that will improve the building’s quality and reduce operating costs.
“For new buildings, NYSERDA will reward high-performance buildings that achieve Passive House and Net-Zero Energy standards (in which buildings produce as much energy as they consume on-site or through a community shared renewable energy project.) The renewable energy projects allow residents to buy or lease part of a solar project and receive credit for the power production on their monthly electric bills.”