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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 energy efficiency consultants and program staff. Use of the best practices in this guide will improve the accuracy and uniformity of energy audits, and increase the alignment between predicted and actual energy savings in retrofitted MF buildings.
Energy Audit

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 guide provides an overview of the energy audit process, including an overview of the different energy audit options available and information on how to select an energy auditor.
Energy Audit

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
  • Energy Audit PTEEGA Utility Incentives & Programs

    Alliant Energy 2014 Multifamily Programs (Iowa)

    Types of benefits for owners include:

    • Existing total property energy assessment
    • Rebates
    Energy Audit PTEEMN Utility Incentives & Programs

    CenterPoint Energy Efficiency Incentives for the Multifamily Sector in Minnesota

    Types of benefits for owners include:

    • Prescriptive rebates for boilers, tune-ups, water heaters, steam traps
    • Custom rebates for low-flow, windows, building envelope
    • Audits, Energy Design Assitance and Others
    • Bonus rebates are available for Affordable Housing
    Energy Audit PTEEMN Utility Incentives & Programs

    Xcel Energy Multi-Family Building Minnesota Conservation Programs

    Types of Programs include:

    • Prescriptive / Fixed Rebates (Commonly used Equipment)
    • Custom
    • Holistic Programs
    • Studies
    • Rate Savings
    Energy Audit PTEEMN Utility Incentives & Programs

    Retrofit Case Study: Loft 27, Lowell, Mass.

    Boston-based WinnCompanies has cut its electric bill for common areas by 25% at Loft 27, a 173-unit apartment building, as the result of efficiency retrofit and solar projects completed in 2012. The apartment development was created from the adaptive re-use of an historic former mill.
    Energy Audit Lighting Retrofit Solar Utility Incentives & Programs

    Cutting Utility Costs: The Residences at Wood Street, Pittsburgh, Pa.

    The investment of a mere $1.25 million in energy and water retrofit improvements at a 91-year-old, 16-story mixed-use building in downtown Pittsburgh, Pa. is already generating substantial savings from reduced utility costs, while providing more comfortable living conditions for the residents.
    Energy Audit PTEEPA Retrofit Water

    Energy and Water Savings In Multifamily Affordable Housing

    When the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 (ARRA) allocated $5 billion in stimulus dollars for Weatherization Assistance Programs (WAP), Pennsylvania was one of four states — Colorado, New Jersey, Kansas and Pennsylvania―that had a well-established staff and infrastructure in a state-wide agency to deliver and administer funds to multifamily housing (Glatter 2009). The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA), through its Preservation through Smart Rehab program, received $22.5 million of the ARRA monies. The program itself predates ARRA and is designed to preserve multifamily affordable rental units in the state. Beginning in February 2010, PHFA allocated ARRA funds to upgrade 8,288 units in 109 properties. The first property was completed in December 2010; the last was completed August 2012. This report is the initial analysis of the results of that program based on one year of pre-retrofit and one year of post-retrofit utility bills. Of the 109 funded properties, all implemented energy upgrades and 91 had sufficient pre-retrofit and post retrofit energy data to be included in the study. Seventy-seven properties implemented water upgrades and all of them had sufficient pre-retrofit and post-retrofit water data to be included.
    Energy Audit Lighting PTEEPA Retrofit Water Weatherization/WAP

    Green & Healthy Property Management: A Guide for Multifamily Buildings

    Through our work in the Green Retrofit Initiative we learned that there are many ways to improve the energy performance of a property, maximize the health of residents, and decrease safety hazards. In creating this guide we actively engaged three CDCs and their third-party property managers to comb through applicable green and healthy goals, the thresholds for action, and the responsibility of each party. In the same way, we hope others will use this document as an organizational policy, adopted by executive leadership, and a working procedures manual for ensuring high-performing physical assets while improving the health and safety of residents. LISC created this Guide to help affordable housing owners define and pursue measures to reduce the use of energy, water, and harmful chemicals in their properties, reduce waste generated on site, create healthier living environments for residents, and reduce the carbon and environmental footprint associated with residential properties. Owners and property managers are encouraged to review the sample policies and practices and tailor them to meet their needs.
    Energy Audit Landscaping Property Management Resident Engagement Water