The ENERGY STAR Multifamily High Rise (MFHR) Program provides a modeling, testing, verification, and benchmarking process that gives utilities confidence that they are capturing energy savings from the MFHR buildings they incentivize.
Residential mid and high rise buildings lie at the intersection of the commercial and residential sectors. EPA designed the ENERGY STAR MFHR Program specifically for this unique building type. By sponsoring ENERGY STAR multifamily high rise construction, utilities can complement their existing residential and commercial energy efficiency programs.
For units in multifamily mid and high rise buildings to earn the ENERGY STAR, a new or substantially rehabilitated mid or high rise multifamily building must be designed to be at least 15% more energy–efficient than MFHR buildings built to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air–Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Standard 90.1–2007. MFHR ENERGY STAR Guidelines require buildings to undergo rigorous testing and verification validated by a Licensed Professional who provides quality assurance for the Developer Partner and their subcontractors. This process gives utilities greater confidence that the efficiency measures are being properly installed and that MFHR buildings meet performance and quality expectations.
Developers and owners of MFHR buildings must also commit to benchmarking their buildings with EPA’s Portfolio Manager for a period of no less than two years after construction. Portfolio Manager is a free, online, interactive energy management tool that allows developers/owners to measure and track their building’s energy and water consumption, identify investment priorities, and verify improvements over time. Utilities are encouraged to work with building developers, owners, and managers to ensure that buildings are performing as efficiently as possible.
The multifamily sector provides an opportunity for utilities to capture energy savings as well as support affordable housing in their service territories.
Utilities can capitalize on the energy savings potential in the multifamily sector by incentivizing mid and high rise buildings through the ENERGY STAR MFHR Program. As a sponsor, utilities can also leverage the following resources:
For more information about incorporating the ENERGY STAR Multifamily High Rise Program into your utility portfolio, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Program (for low rise multifamily buildings or single family homes) or to access additional resources for utility sponsors, visit the page on Sponsoring an ENERGY STAR Residential Homes Program. Here you’ll find additional information on program design, implementation, and partnering with the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Program.