When retrofitting buildings for efficiency, replacing windows can be a great place to start. Windows can comprise up to 25 percent of a property’s exterior wall area and can account for up to 50 percent of a property’s heating and cooling demand (1). However, replacing otherwise functioning windows only for the sake of increased efficiency is generally not cost effective. Windows tend to be expensive, and the cost savings due to increased efficiency will usually not recoup your initial investment in a satisfactory time period. Continue reading ENERGY STAR® Windows

New Combustion Safety Testing Procedure

Promoting and ensuring safety is a core mission of the Multifamily Upgrade Program (MUP). In order to provide the highest level of resident safety, MUP has updated our combustion safety testing procedure to more closely align with PG&E’s Natural Gas Appliance Testing (NGAT) procedure. PG&E’s NGAT procedure accounts for issues most often found in PG&E territory (climate, types of appliance most often used, etc.), while aligning with other third-party implementation programs. Continue reading New Combustion Safety Testing Procedure

2018 MUP Partner Awards

The Multifamily Upgrade Program (MUP) is proud to recognize the achievements of our participating contractors, consultants, and energy raters during the 2018 program year. MUP’s partners are crucial to the program’s success, and we cannot thank our partners enough for delivering energy savings and improved safety and comfort to properties and their residents. Continue reading 2018 MUP Partner Awards