Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) – Multifamily Apartment Buildings

What is the Weatherization Assistance Program?

The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is an energy efficiency and conservation program administered by the New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR). HCR’s Energy Services Bureau pays for weatherization services to eligible residential clients. Funding for the New York State Weatherization Assistance Program is provided by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). These funds are used to leverage additional funds from building owners, utility companies and other sources.

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18 Years of Weatherization Experience

Embarking on energy-efficiency repairs or retrofits can be challenging. Community Environmental Center (CEC) provides reliable, high-quality energy efficiency and conservation services to multiple-family dwellings. CEC will help building owners lower the energy costs associated with heating and cooling large apartment buildings by conducting surveys of the buildings, performing energy audits and creating a prioritized work scope to assure the highest energy savings for the allowable investment.
CEC’s main focus is to help multifamily building owners save energy and money on their utility bills through energy-efficiency improvements on rental properties. CEC assigns a certified construction manager to supervise subcontractors, and provide accurate and complete project documentation. CEC will communicate with you every step of the way to ensure that you become one of our many satisfied customers.

WAP Services

Depending on energy audit results, CEC will provide the following services:

  • Window repair or replacement
  • Heating system replacement or upgrade
  • Installation of energy-saving light bulbs (compact fluorescent)
  • Hot water tanks and radiators replacement
  • Weather-stripping and caulking to seal cold-air leaks around doors and windows
  • Insulation of water heater and exposed pipes
  • Replacing of inefficient refrigerators
  • Installation of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Roof insulation using cellulose instead of fiberglass
  • Other energy conservation measures…

Benefits for the Building Owner

By getting weatherization, you will receive the following benefits:

  • J-51 tax exemption and abatement benefits for the entire cost of the work scope, including the WAP grant
  • Increased R-value by filling roof cavities with cellulose insulation
  • Reduced operating costs and maintenance fees
  • Savings on heating, water and electrical bills
  • Improved tenant-owner relations and reduced complaints about no heat
  • A sustainable building for tenants to raise their families

Easy As:

APPLY: Complete the application and submit all the required documents, including audit fees.
QUALIFY: Community Environmental Center (CEC), in collaboration with the building owner, will ensure that 50% of the tenants meet the HEAP income eligibility guidelines based on 60% of the NY State median income and family size.
INSPECT: A certified CEC energy technician will visit your building to perform an energy audit and determine the amount and kind of weatherization services needed for your building. CEC performs an instrumented building energy audit from the basement to the roof to evaluate potential energy and operation efficiency. CEC will recommend cost-effective energy efficiency measures to maximize energy savings and minimize waste.
ANALYZE: After the energy audit, CEC analyzes the results and a representative discusses recommendations with you to execute an agreement. Building owners are expected to contribute up to 50% of the total cost of the work.
WORK: The weatherization is completed, with CEC overseeing local subcontractors.
CERTIFY: After the weatherization is completed, an inspector from the NYS Homes and Community Renewal visits your building to make sure that the weatherization has been performed according to State regulations.

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