AEA Services to New York Supportive and Affordable Housing

AEA offers services, efficiency programs and training to help you take advantage of energy saving opportunities to manage the costs of heating (and cooling) your buildings. We are a nonprofit affiliate member of the Supportive Housing Network offering unique expertise and services with Network members with whom we share a mission and commitment to developing and maintaining affordable, healthful and safe housing for New York’s most vulnerable residents.  In addition to our own services, AEA can help you to leverage a variety of resources for energy efficiency upgrades to residences you manage, as well as those you may be planning to develop.

Our staff provide more than referrals; AEA has the technical expertise to help you develop and oversee your projects  to insure that your projects realize energy savings and qualify to receive incentives.  AEA is recognized as a leader in energy engineering and design services, energy modeling, construction project management and more for green new construction.  We operate a state-of-the-art Energy Management Training Center and Installer Training Lab in New York City that prepares property managers and building operators to manage buildings efficiently, as well as contractors and energy professionals to deliver top quality services to their clients.

Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)

AEA has provided energy audits and direct weatherization services for supportive housing for many years.  A special contract from NYS HCR targeting supportive housing enabled us to greatly expand this service with dollar from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Under this contract alone, AEA weatherized nearly 2,600 units of housing in 57 buildings in 2010-11– most of them managed by Network members.  SHNNY worked closely with AEA to secure the cooperation of funding agencies and facilitate building enrollment.  Nonprofit providers whose buildings have participated in Weatherization are  saving substantial amounts on their energy bills, and reduced operating costs means more funding available for program services to residents.  To read case studies of four projects weatherized by AEA in partnership with the Network under this contract, click on the photos at right.

Weatherization Assistance Program continues, at reduced funding levels similar to pre-ARRA budgets.  AEA and its network of downstate Weatherization Assistance Program subgrantees offer weatherization to properties occupied by low-income New Yorkers, including supportive housing.  To locate the WAP subgrantee in your area, click here.

Meanwhile there are many opportunities under NYSERDA and utility programs to make your affordable housing properties more energy efficient.

Energy Audits, Design Services, Usage Analysis and Energy Services

Whether you are preparing to comply with New York City’s Local Law 87 or simply want to maximize the efficiency of your buildings, a full ASHRAE Level II energy audit provides a complete picture of the most cost-effective steps to take.   AEA is nationally known for the quality of its energy audits and its engineering expertise in multifamily housing. AEA offers a broad range of energy-related design and consulting services — for both new construction and existing buildings.

In addition to energy audits, other AEA services include:

  • Energy audits, benchmarking and retro-commissioning
  • Work scope and specification development
  • Construction management
  • Green building design (Energy Star, Enterprise Green Communities, Passive House)
  • Quality assurance
  • Energy usage monitoring and controls.

Read about all of our energy services here.

Con Edison multifamily energy efficiency incentives

In 2016, AEA continues serving providers of affordable and supportive housing under Con Edison’s renamed Comprehensive Multi family Program (CMFP), formerly known as the Multifamily Energy Efficiency Program (MFEEP).  This year, AEA and Willdan Energy Services (the implementer of Con Edison’s Small Business Direct Install program) joined forces in a proposal with Willdan serving as the implementation contractor.  Willdan assumes the lead role in June, 2016.  This enables AEA to concentrate on serving affordable housing properties and positions us to more easily engage in new types of ventures and opportunities with utilities, NYSERDA and others in New York’s changing energy marketplace.

Beginning in 2016 there are new free measures available for buildings that meet the program’s affordable housing criteria.  We are excited about these changes and will be there with you to help your residences take advantage of new offerings in cooperation with the new implementation contractor. Take a look:

  • Buildings with eligible Con Edison firm gas accounts may have free air sealing measures installed by AEA’s experienced air sealing crews, and boiler tune-ups at no charge by approved participating contractors.
  • For the first time, custom measures not included in the program’s list of prescriptive incentives can also be performed. A custom measure assessment must be submitted and approved for this work to be incentivized.
  • In addition, the program is now open to multifamily properties of 5 or more units with no cap on the maximum number of units.  Network members whose larger buildings were not eligible for the original MFEEP may wish to enroll their buildings under the expanded program.
  • For Direct Install measures in the apartments, residents receive LED light bulbs and (in buildings with eligible Con Edison gas accounts) may also get water saving aerators and showerheads that win high marks from tenants.
  • In the apartments of buildings with eligible Con Edison gas accounts and steam systems where installation is feasible, AEA can install thermostatic radiator valves (“TRVs”) to better manage the distribution of heat among the units.

The Con Edison CMFP offers a survey to assist providers in identifying energy saving opportunities, and measures eligible for Con Edison incentives under the program.  And properties served by Con Edison networks located in the utility’s targeted demand management areas may receive additional free lighting and electrical measures.

For more information about the program and how to apply, email Marta Bell or call her at 212.279.4307.

National Grid multifamily gas efficiency incentives

AEA is National Grid’s implementation vendor for the National Grid Direct Install Multifamily Program.

In this role, AEA installs water efficiency measures to residents of properties with eligible National Grid gas accounts in that utility’s NYC and Long Island service territories. In buildings with eligible Con Edison electric and National Grid gas accounts, AEA’s crew can install measures for both programs during the same visit.

Under this program, AEA can install thermostatic radiator valves (“TRVs”) in the apartments of buildings with eligible National Grid gas accounts and one-pipe steam systems.

You can reach us at 1.877.316.9491 to learn more about this program and have an application ssent to you.

AEA can also assist you in identifying and applying for energy efficiency incentives for your properties under National Grid’s Multifamily program for your building’s common areas, which is self-administered by the utility.   The program offers incentives for boilers and hot water heaters, heating controls, insulation and other items, and a pathway to obtain incentives for custom measures as well.

NYSERDA

NYSERDA Multifamily Performance Program (MPP) has recently undergone changes in eligibility, incentives and program rules. As a  NYSERDA Building Solutions Provider, AEA helps you to make your supportive and affordable housing properties more energy efficient and cost-effective to operate and to access the new incentives offered under two options  (“targeted” and “comprehensive”).   AEA has been a long-standing track record of excellence as a NYSERDA MPP partner and now “solutions provider” for both existing buildings and new multifamily construction projects.  We look forward to working directly with building owners, managers and developers to achieve the building performance goals and access that program’s financial incentives.

AEA continues to provide support for both existing buildings and green new construction. To inquire about MPP for existing buildings contact mppinfo@aea.us.org, to inquire about MPP for green new construction contact Gina Buffone at gbuffone@aea.us.org

Learn more about our work on the NYSERDA MPP for existing buildings here.

Learn more about green new construction projects participating in the MPP and other programs here.

Public Housing (NYCHA)

AEA is dedicated to serving residents of public housing through a variety of mechanisms. We have installed hi-efficiency electric and gas measures in thousand of apartments under both the Con Edison and National Grid multifamily programs, and recently renewed our agreement to perform this work in collaboration with National Grid in selected NYCHA properties not already covered by other energy efficiency performance agreements.

In 2015-2016 AEA teamed with Ameresco to perform energy audits in hundreds of NYCHA apartments in preparation for energy upgrades in properties they serve under contract with NYCHA.   We continue to pursue all available options to serve public housing and other HUD-supported properties in New York City and wherever we work.

Training

AEA offers over 50 courses for building performance professionals, energy efficiency technical and program staff, installers, weatherization workers, green professionals and job seekers in green industries. As part of its diverse curriculum, AEA offers Building Performance Institute (BPI)certification courses for building operators and property managers to help them manage their energy use, and to run and maintain their equipment for maximum the efficiency and performance. AEA also offers a wide variety of courses for energy professionals, construction managers, and contractors, including those developing high performance buildings to achieve the Passive House Standard. One course of particular interest to affordable and supportive housing providers is “EEBOPS,” described below.

  • Energy Efficient Building Operations Specialist training (EEBOPS)– Building staff make operations and maintenance (O&M) decisions daily that directly affect the comfort and safety of residents and the building’s energy costs. The EEBOPS course helps personnel remove the guesswork from managing building performance for energy efficiency. Even the most experienced building operators and facility managers will learn new best practices that will yield immediate benefits and real cost savings. Completion of the EEBOPS Course is a requirement for superintendents of multifamily buildings undergoing weatherization through the NYS Weatherization Assistance Program. EEBOPS also prepares students for this BPI certification.Read more about EEBOPS and the other BPI certification courses we offer here.

Browse our full training calendar here.

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