Featured Energy Consultant: E3 California

E3 California (E3) is a full-service energy consulting and sustainability planning firm specializing in multifamily and mixed-use developments for both affordable and market-rate sectors. E3 ensures a project’s sustainability and energy goals align with your budget and provide a plan for navigating the complexities inherent to building codes and programs.

With over 50 years combined experience as sustainability and energy efficiency consultants, E3 staff offers a unique blend of expertise and credentials. E3’s hands-on experience and knowledge of building codes and efficiency programs are the foundation for the specialized services they offer. E3 has participated in MUP since 2015.

Featured MUP Project: Orchard Village

  • Incentive: $131,288
  • Annual energy savings: 25 percent
  • Measures installed:
    • Attic insulation
    • Windows
    • Appliances
    • Boiler
    • Duct Sealing
    • Lighting
    • Cooling

Featured Contractor: Bright Power

A MUP participating contractor since 2016, Bright Power is a leading provider of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and energy management solutions for the real estate industry. They use their Find-Fix-Follow approach to Find the best opportunities across a real estate portfolio, deploy the Fixes on specific assets, and Follow to ensure long-term value, always optimizing for their clients’ financial and sustainability goals.

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Home Energy Management Systems

Home energy management systems (HEMS) allow for monitoring, measuring, and controlling multiple end uses including appliances, HVAC, hot water equipment, and plug loads throughout the home. Note, HEMS can refer to a standalone technology, such as a singular smart thermostat, or a suite of interconnected components. A HEMS provides homeowners a high degree of control over energy use in the home, and allow homebuilders to market units as energy efficient and green.

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Financing Options: Fannie Mae’s Multifamily Green Financing

Energy efficiency, through lower utility bills, is an investment with both immediate and long-term rewards. To encourage energy efficiency retrofits, some financial institutions started creating financing options specifically for multifamily property owners who are looking to invest in their properties.

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45L Tax Credit

Earlier this year, the United States Congress voted to extend the Energy Efficient Home Credit, i.e. the 45L tax credit, to developers of energy efficient homes and apartment buildings. The credit is $1,000-$2,000 per dwelling unit for housing construction that is significantly more energy efficient than national energy standards. Given California’s aggressive building code, which often exceeds the national standard, MUP recommends all builders who meet the following eligibility criteria research claiming the credit.

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