Over the last year, we have conducted a wide-ranging industry study looking at the efficacy of the current energy efficiency programs for New York City’s rental housing stock.
CHPC’sGreen Building Committee – comprisingindustryleaders inarchitecture, development, planning, finance, and engineering – agreed that there are many good programs andtalented practitioners with substantial technical expertise working tomake greener and more sustainable housing stock a reality. But they shared a concern thatowners of small to mid-size buildings (5-49 units) were failing to take advantage of many of the well-intended energy efficiency programs, limiting the number of energy retrofits being undertaken. As one committee member put it, The programs are there, but almost every program offered is not operating at capacity.
We conducted extensive interviews and site visitswith many practitioners, consulted with officials at Con Edison, the New York State Energy Research andDevelopment Authority (NYSERDA) and the New York City EnergyEfficiency Corporation (NYCEEC),reviewed the citys legislative initiatives and looked at the details of programs seen in other cities.
Using all of this expert information, we compiledTen Industry Recommendations that would remove many of the barriers preventing owners from taking advantage of available resources and knowledge:
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