Resources for Multifamily Properties: Navigating Efficiency Policies and Incentives
Many Better Buildings partners across the country benefit from state and local support to achieve their efficiency goals. Governments, commissions, and businesses offer technical assistance and funding to increase energy efficiency through two primary tools: regulatory policies and financial incentives.
For multifamily housing providers, navigating the patchwork of policies and incentives can be challenging. Regulatory policies differ across cities and states and often require energy usage data, which can be difficult to collect from utilities depending on local data-sharing laws. While financial incentives can help make efficiency upgrades possible, identifying and pursuing them can be a major hurdle as well.
However, successfully leveraging these policies and incentives can lead to reduced operations costs, elimination of energy and water waste, improved tenant health, and energy independence. Explore the resources below to understand the policies and incentives in your area:
- The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) State and Local Policy Database provides an extensive overview of the energy efficiency and renewable policies pertaining to buildings, utilities, transportation, and appliances in each state.
- Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) provides a comprehensive list of financial incentives and policies that support renewable energy and energy efficiency in each state.
- The Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) publishes maps and detailed descriptions of mandatory building energy benchmarking and transparency policies across the country, as well as state-specific building performance policies.
- HUD’s Multifamily Utility Data Collection Database maintains profiles of utilities’ aggregated data collection policies and benchmarking practices. Click on a state to see an individual utility’s profile. Also on this page, download the multifamily utility data collection database spreadsheet for a list of utilities across the country, the types of data they provide, and the forms they use.
For more information on innovative approaches multifamily partners are taking to reduce energy in Better Buildings, visit the Better Buildings Solution Center.