Roughly 17% of U.S. households live in multifamily housing and spend $21 billion on energy annually. An increasing number of studies demonstrate the significant energy savings potential in this building sector. Building owners, residents, utilities, and financial institutions are overcoming complex ownership structures, split incentives, meter configurations, and resident engagement to realize these energy savings.

Utility Benchmarking

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

Register for the 2018 Summit

The 2018 Better Buildings Summit will be held with DOE’s annual Energy Exchange in Cleveland, Ohio on August 21-23. Don't miss the largest and most exciting DOE training, trade show, and peer event of the year!

Find a Partner

Through the Better Buildings Challenge, more than 345 public and private sector organizations across the country are working together to share and replicate positive gains in energy efficiency. 

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.
Gladys Gardens Showcase Project
Hempstead Housing Authority received funding from the Community Development Corporation of Long Island to rehabilitate and increase the energy efficiency of Gladys Gardens, a 30-unit public housing family development built in 1972. The project achieved 40% energy savings.
To further support its BBC commitment, the Housing Authority of the City and County of Denver (DHA) joined the SEED pilot program in 2014. SEED, which stands for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), Energy, and Economic Development, is a cross-agency effort to prepare public housing residents for current and future technical jobs by increasing energy literacy, providing learning opportunities, and connecting residents to training opportunities to better pursue careers in the space.
344 East 28th Street Showcase Project
New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) undertook a $2.2 million lighting, heating, and hot-water modernization project, which has resulted in cost savings of more than $100,000 annually.

Other Resources


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

Golda Meir House Showcase Project
Golda Meir is a multifamily property that offers a supportive community for nearly 200 elderly households, the majority of which are low-to-moderate income. The property is undergoing energy- and water-efficient improvements as part of JCHE's larger portfolio-wide modernization effort.


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