There are more than 18 million market-rate and affordable multifamily housing units in the U.S., with a collective potential of over $3 billion in cost-effective energy savings. Sector leaders are working to capture these savings through an array of approaches, including energy efficiency retrofits, renewable energy installations, organizational change, resident outreach, and operations and maintenance. The opportunities for energy savings in multifamily rental housing is particularly significant, because the energy expenditures per square foot in these homes are 37% higher than in owner-occupied multifamily homes and 76% higher than in owner-occupied single family homes.

Utility Benchmarking

This comprehensive guide to multifamily utility benchmarking includes links to key resources and requirements, tools and reports, case studies, and FAQs.

The 2020 Summit is Going Virtual

The Better Buildings, Better Plants Summit is transitioning to a virtual leadership symposium, taking place June 8-11, 2020. Experience 4 days of sessions, workshops, recognition, and more with industry experts and peers.

COVID-19 Resource Center

Dealing with COVID-19 presents an unprecedented scenario for building owners, plant managers, and employees. Better Buildings has collected resources from partners, affiliates, and other organizations that may prove useful.

Featured Solutions

Stewards of Affordable Housing (SAHF), Enterprise Community Partners, and Mercy Housing instructed building owners on the importance of developing organizational sustainability and resilience plans. Take the first steps to outline a strategy for reaching your 20 percent energy and/or water reduction pledge as a Better Buildings Challenge partner and identify other critical objectives using this free take-home planning workbook.
Get a rundown of ACEEE's nationwide study of utility provider incentives for the multifamily buildings sector, as well as a broad overview of other sources of funds for energy and water conservation.
The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) employed multiple large-scale energy performance contracts (EPC) through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to kick-start investment in energy efficiency and carbon reduction while developing a long-term strategy for energy-smart capital investments. This resulted in increased energy savings of Energy Performance Contracts from 8% to 18%.
Union Gardens Showcase Project
Danville Development conducted upgrades to this low-income senior community to improve both the property's energy performance and residents' quality of life. The measures reduced energy use by 23% and saved over $15,000 annually.
Timbercroft Apartments Showcase Project
Timbercroft Apartments is an affordable and townhouse and apartment development located in Owings Mills, Maryland. The property recently completed major renovations and expects to show 20 percent energy savings.
Trails at the Park Showcase Project
Trails at the Park is an affordable housing property owned by Foundation Communities that recently achieved 15 percent energy savings and 16 percent water savings after receiving a grant to implement comprehensive energy- and water-efficient upgrades.

Other Resources

Implementation Model

Tampa Housing Authority successfully created a utility data sharing protocol and a process for regularly uploding property data into ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to better manage energy performance across its 3.2 million square feet of multifamily housing.


Better Buildings Challenge multifamily partners joined to discuss the year ahead. The session highlighted some of the most exciting case studies from the previous year, review progress on the Year of Data, honor special achievements.
In the 21st Century, a "Better Building" is a building adapted and prepared for unexpected storms, droughts, and other meteorological anomalies. Housing providers discussed experiences in disaster recovery and readiness planning.

Showcase Project

Cascade Apartments Showcase Project
Since the baseline year, there has been an 21% reduction in whole property energy use and a 6% reduction in total costs, and KCHA-paid water bills have been reduced by an average of 24%, or 1.1 million gallons per year.


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