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Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Toolkit

Buildings account for approximately 70% of electricity use and 40% of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, and offer significant opportunities for energy savings and GHG emissions reductions through the installation of energy efficiency retrofits and small renewable energy systems. Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) legislation — first introduced in Berkeley, CA in 2008 […]

Energy Efficiency Finance 101: Understanding the Marketplace

The number and diversity of energy finance programs have increased dramatically in recent years. Likewise, there is a growing interest among different types of financial institutions in participating in local initiatives. However, finding a financial partner that best fits a particular program can be a challenge. This paper attempts to catalog the different categories of […]

EarthCraft Multifamily 2014 Technical Guidelines

EarthCraft™ green building programs, which were first developed in 1999 through a partnership between the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association and Southface Energy Institute, are designed to specifically address the challenging energy, water and climate conditions of the Southeast. EarthCraft certification helps ensure that buildings and communities in the region meet strict criteria for saving […]

Multifamily Energy Audit Guide

The purpose of this document is to establish best practices and guidance for conducting the energy analysis required for multifamily (MF) building energy improvement projects funded by the various programs of the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). The intended audience includes energy auditors, building owners and operators, contractors, designers, architects, engineers, and […]

A Guide to Energy Audits

Energy audits are a powerful tool for uncovering operational and equipment improvements that will save energy, reduce energy costs, and lead to higher performance. Energy audits can be done as a stand-alone effort but may be conducted as part of a larger analysis across a group of facilities, or across an owner’s entire portfolio. This […]

Report on Investor Consents for Energy and Water Efficiency Improvements

The benefits of energy and water conservation in the affordable multifamily industry have been documented thoroughly over the past several years.  From the reduction in utility costs to the federal government; to the preservation of affordable housing by decreasing operating costs and thus keeping rents affordable and properties viable; and to the improvements to resident health […]

New York City Local Law 84 Benchmarking Report

New York City has released its third annual Local Law 84 Benchmarking Report. The new report analyzes a trove of building energy use data from 2012, collected from more than 23,000 buildings representing more than 2.1 billion square feet of space. It shows an increasing number of building owners are consistently reporting their energy and […]

ENERGY STAR Score for Multifamily Housing in the United States

The ENERGY STAR Score for Multifamily Housing applies to buildings that contain 20 or more residential living units. The objective of the ENERGY STAR score is to provide a fair assessment of the energy performance of a property relative to its peers, taking into account the climate, weather, and business activities at the property. To […]


Rising utility rates create financial risk for owners and reduce affordability for tenants of multifamily properties. To combat this challenge and multifamily properties’ impact on the natural environment, the Fannie Mae Multifamily Mortgage Business (Fannie Mae) launched the Green Initiative. The mission of the Fannie Mae Multifamily Green Initiative is to enhance the quality, affordability, […]

Georgia Power’s Home Energy Improvement Program: Multifamily and Public Housing Authority Properties

Georgia Power’s Home Energy Improvement Program: Multifamily and Public Housing Authority Properties THE MULTIFAMILY WHOLE-HOUSE APPROACH–Maximum Potential Rebate: Up to $1,100 Per Unit THE MULTIFAMILY INDIVIDUAL IMPROVEMENTS APPROACH–Maximum Potential Rebate: Up to $350 Per Unit Annually Download

Increasing Energy Efficiency in Small Multifamily Properties in the Northeast

Residential multifamily properties represent not only a significant share of the housing stock in the region, but a significant opportunity to capture energy efficiency savings through cost-effective retrofit measures. The ability to attain these savings has never been more vital, as state policymakers throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States are setting […]

City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management Multifamily Toilet Rebate Program Application

Department of Watershed Management Multifamily Toilet Rebate Program Application. Rebates are limited to multifamily property owners and/or management companies whose properties are City of Atlanta water customers. Download

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