Energy Efficiency Programs and Tips for your HDFC

Improve your Heating System

Solar Energy

FREE Building Operator Training (10 week series)

Hands-on Energy Efficiency Trainings

Energy Efficiency Training ON-SITE at Your Building!

Local Law 87: Energy Audit and Retro-Commissioning (Buildings Over 50,000 sq. ft.)

Local Law 84: Benchmarking (Buildings Over 25,000 sq. ft.)

Fuel Conversion

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Save Money and the Environment!


Improve your Heating System through One- and Two-Pipe Heating Programs

NYC Retrofit Accelerator’s Better Steam Heat campaign is a comprehensive initiative designed to help buildings upgrade their steam heating systems. Steam heating systems are particularly prevalent in New York City buildings, and are often decades old and not well-maintained, leading to wasted energy, uneven apartment temperatures that cause residents to open their windows in the middle of winter, and banging pipes that keep tenants up at night.

Retrofit Accelerator’s Energy Efficiency Advisors can work with your building one-on-one to address your heating issues and needs. Taking a holistic approach to the heating system, Efficiency Advisors will explain your options to fix your steam heating system, connect you with trained and qualified contractors, and find incentives to help pay for the cost of the work.

Save money and contribute to a cleaner city! Building heating systems account for 40% to 50% of energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from a typical large multifamily building. And depending on building size and heating fuel, smart steam heating system adjustments can save you from $10,000 to $30,000 a year on energy costs.

** Even if your building has a two-pipe heating system, new programs may be available to improve your system’s functionality and efficiency. Contact NYC Retrofit Accelerator for more information!


Solar Energy

Solar energy is more affordable now than ever before, and NYC’s high electricity rates and generous solar incentives make solar a great investment. UHAB has partnered with Solar One, WeAct for Environmental Justice, Sustainable CUNY and Solarize NYC in their Solar Uptown Now campaign to bring solar to affordable housing in northern Manhattan.

If you are considering solar, there is no better way to save even more money than by joining a Solarize campaign! The Solar Uptown Now campaign will negotiate competitive pricing from qualified local solar installation companies, making the process simple for you. This is a community-led campaign, so the more of your neighbors that sign up, the lower the price is for everyone!

UHAB’s partners at Solar One will work with you to determine if solar energy is a good financial investment for your building, connect you to incentives and financing plans, and help you find an installer. This is a great opportunity to invest in a clean energy source that could save your building thousands of dollars over the long life of your solar panels!


Upcoming Training Opportunities


CUNY Building Operator Training

As heating season begins, take this opportunity to make sure your building’s superintendent or operator has a refresher on energy efficiency and maintenance measures that will help your building stay comfortable for less cost. This fall may be your last chance to participate in this free training!

The Building Operator Training, offered by CUNY Building Performance Lab in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability is a free, 10 week, 30-hour energy efficiency training that could help your building save up to 20% on energy costs. The training will cover building systems (heating, electrical, water) with emphasis on preventative maintenance and energy efficiency.

By having your superintendent or a shareholder who performs the building operator functions complete this course, your building can qualify for a $700 rebate (per person attending the class) to go towards select energy efficiency improvements.

For more information visit BPL’s website, or contact Sasha Hill (212-479-3374; hill [at] or Eliana Steinberg (212-479-3337; steinberg [at] We can help you find the right session for you and submit your application directly.


NYC Retrofit Accelerator Trainings


Hands-On Efficiency Trainings

NYC Retrofit Accelerator’s low-cost, hands-on trainings are aimed at helping you operate your building efficiently, reduce costs, and increase resident comfort. These intensive, interactive settings may be a good option for a crash course in energy efficient building operation!

You will learn how to:

  • Diagnose energy and water efficiency challenges
  • Implement no- to low-cost energy solutions on your own
  • Schedule and prioritize projects
  • Find funding and incentives to help pay for projects

Heating and Air Sealing: February 21-22 (2 days), $50

Water Conservation and Plumbing: February 28, $25

Energy Efficiency Electrical: March 1, $25

Classes meet at Solar One Lab, 29-76 Northern Blvd., Long Island City (Queens) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Register here!


On-Site Training for Building Staff

If your board or other residents want to learn more about how your building runs and what you can do to make it more efficient, contact us to arrange a free on-site training with NYC Retrofit Accelerator! This training includes a two-three hour building walking tour and highlights simple opportunities to save energy, and you’ll be able to ask about specific issues and systems in your building.

Contact Sasha Hill (212-479-3374; hill [at], Eliana Steinberg (212-479-3337; steinberg [at], or Emily Ng (212-479-3318; ng [at] for more information.


Local Laws and Compliance


Local Law 87: Energy Audit and Retro-Commissioning

New York City’s Local Law 87 requires all buildings over 50,000 square feet to perform an energy efficiency audit and retro-commissioning once every 10 years, as part of the City’s Greener, Greater Buildings Plan (GGBP). The intent of this law is to inform building owners of their energy consumption through energy audits, which are surveys and analyses of energy use, and retro-commissioning, the process of ensuring correct equipment installation and performance.

Check if and when your building is required to comply with Local Law 87 here.

If your building is above 50,000 sq ft and required to comply:

  • Visit the City’s website for more information about the law and the required Energy Efficiency Report (EER)

  • Contact NYC Retrofit Accelerator for help. Retrofit Accelerator can help walk you through the process of finding someone to complete the audit and submit a report to the city. Contact them today if you have questions about the law or if your building will be required to comply within the next few years! If you have upcoming planned work, some contractors can complete the audit at the same time and you can use this audit for Local Law 87 compliance within four years.


Local Law 84: Benchmarking

Beginning May 2018, buildings exceeding 25,000 square feet must comply with New York City’s Benchmarking Law (Local Law 84).  Benchmarking is the process of evaluating energy and water efficiency in buildings. By measuring, tracking, and comparing energy and water consumption using standard metrics, building owners can assess the relative efficiency of their buildings compared to other similar buildings.

The City will release the covered buildings list for May 2018 within the next few months. You can find information about covered buildings from 2017 (buildings over 50,000 sq ft) here.

The NYC Benchmarking Help Center can help you do this Benchmarking reporting (for free!), saving you from hiring an outside contractor to do the work.

NYC Benchmarking Help Center

They can be contacted for one-on-one live support and help:

Email: questions [at]

Phone: 212-566-5584



Fuel Conversion

In 2011, the Department of Environmental Protection issued regulations that require all buildings burning No. 4 heating fuel oil to convert to a cleaner fuel (natural gas, ultra-low sulfur No. 2 oil, biodiesel, or steam) upon boiler or burner retirement or by January 1, 2030, whichever is sooner. NYC’s Local Law 43 has already phased out usage of No. 6 heating fuel oil. For a summary of these regulations, visit the Clean Heat Regulations page.

If your building needs to convert its fuel source, NYC Retrofit Accelerator can help you walk through the process and finance your conversion.


For more information about any programs listed on this page, please contact the Member Services Energy Efficiency Team:

Sasha Hill (212-479-3374; hill [at],
Eliana Steinberg (212-479-3337; steinberg [at]
Emily Ng (212-479-3318; ng [at]