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New state incentives target multi-family building energy improvements

From Mainebiz:

A state incentive program launched in August is enticing owners of mid-size multi-family buildings to reduce their energy costs by at least 20%.

The new Efficiency Maine program opens up retrofit incentives to multi-family buildings with five to 20 units — a category of housing that previously did not qualify for incentives.

To receive money from the $3.4 million fund, owners of buildings with five to 20 units must have an auditor outline a plan to reduce a building’s total energy consumption, measured in kilowatts and therms, by 20%.

Given the age of Maine’s housing stock, energy consultant Andrew Calise says that’s not often a problem with multi-family units.

“It’s rare that you would find there’s nothing to be done,” says Calise, the principal of the Portland-based Strategic Energy Group.

Just over one quarter of Maine’s 722,645 housing units were built before 1939, according to the most recent census data.

Building age is one reason for high retrofit potential but another is that until this year, mid-size multi-family buildings — of which Efficiency Maine estimates there are around 53,000 in the state — had no access to incentive programs similar to those available for individual homeowners or commercial buildings.

“This particular type of building was just not taken care of,” says Rick Meinking, Efficiency Maine’s business program manager.

The program’s incentives can deliver up to $1,400 per unit or 50% of the retrofit costs — whichever is less — to a building owner for improvements that reduce a building’s overall energy consumption by 20%.

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