Energy and water efficiency retrofit projects are upgrades or changes to your building systems that reduce energy or water use and improve how your building operates. Retrofit projects range from simple projects such as updating your common area lighting to larger projects, such as replacing your boiler.
Community Retrofit NYC is a program provided by the City of New York that offers free advisory services to owners, operators, and residents of small- and mid-sized multifamily buildings located in Central Brooklyn and Southern Queens to undertake energy and water upgrades in their buildings.
Community Retrofit NYC is geared towards multifamily buildings between 5 and 50 units located in Central Brooklyn and Southern Queens including parts of Marine Park, East Flatbush, Crown Heights, Greenpoint, Bushwick, East New York, Richmond Hill, and Ozone Park. See our Community Retrofit Neighborhoods.
If your building is outside of a Community Retrofit Neighborhood or has more than 50 units, your building can receive assistance through the NYC Retrofit Accelerator. The NYC Retrofit Accelerator is a complementary program that supports all owners and operators of buildings citywide to complete energy efficiency and water retrofits and comply with the City's building energy regulations. Visit NYC Retrofit Accelerator for more information.
Absolutely! Our program serves all multifamily buildings with 5 to 50 units, regardless of ownership structure.
A team of building experts will work directly with building owners and decision-makers in small- and mid-sized multifamily buildings to:
Community Retrofit NYC cannot assist with tenant-landlord disputes and cannot remove housing or building violations. However, the program can work with you to resolve these through building upgrades and working with HPD.
Many energy and water upgrades pay for themselves within a reasonable payback period. However, if building owners do not have the upfront capital to pay for the efficiency upgrades or have additional property needs, there are many financing and incentive options building owners can access to help cover costs. These include the City's new Green Housing Preservation Program, which provides low and no-cost financing for energy and water improvements and moderate rehabilitation work for multi-family buildings between 5 and 50 units in exchange for a commitment to affordability.
Community Retrofit NYC can help building owners, residents, and other decision-makers decide on financing options. See our Resources page for more information.
Nothing! Community Retrofit NYC is a free service provided by the City of New York for the owners and residents of buildings in Central Brooklyn and Southern Queens.
The Green Housing Preservation Program is NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development's new program that provides low and no-cost financing for energy efficiency and water conservation improvements, and moderate rehabilitation of small- to mid-sized multifamily buildings (more than 5 units and less than 50,000 square feet) in exchange for a commitment to affordability. Based on a typical scope of work, buildings may be able to reduce their utility costs by 10 percent or more.
Community Retrofit NYC will help connect interested and eligible building owners to the Green Housing Preservation Program. Contact us today if you are interested in learning more.
Community Retrofit NYC is part of Mayor de Blasio's commitment to reduce citywide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80 percent from 2005 levels by 2050 (80x50). The energy used in buildings accounts for nearly three-quarters of citywide GHG emissions, so scaling up energy efficiency retrofits in existing buildings is essential to achieving this goal. Visit the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability’s website for information on the City’s efforts to achieve its GHG goals.
Community Retrofit NYC is also a key component of the Mayor's commitment to preserving housing affordability. Utility and fuel costs account for almost 25 percent of operating costs in a typical residential building. Improving the energy and water efficiency of buildings mitigates rising building operating costs, which can translate to cost-savings for residents and frees up capital to make other investments in a building.