Pratt Center Project

Energy Efficiency

EnergyFit NYC

The EnergyFit NYC Pilot seeks to increase energy savings and reduce carbon emissions in New York City’s one- to four-family homes. The Pilot offers a specific package of common energy saving measures tailored to particular building types in order to make it easier, cheaper and quicker for homeowners to save money while also improving home comfort, health, and safety.

Against the background of global climate change, an ongoing local challenge in New York City has been to increase energy efficiency in the residential sector.  Historically New York City’s one- to four- family homes have had very low participation rates in energy saving programs, and thousands of low- and moderate-income residents in communities burdened by energy costs and an outdated building stock have struggled to secure retrofit financing and take part in these programs. The programs are difficult to understand, time-consuming and often not a good fit for the City’s building stock, such as brownstones and rowhouses.

EnergyFit’s first phase began in January 2016 and is currently focused on one- and two-family, attached, gas-heated, masonry homes. Its long-term goal is to support the design of a citywide program aimed at increasing energy retrofits in a range of residential building types, with a focus on building a successful program for low and moderate income homeowners.

The Pilot builds on Pratt Center's multi-year Retrofit Standardization Initiative, which confirmed that buildings built during a similar time and of similar materials with similar structural features require the same types of upgrades to maximize energy efficiency and home health and comfort.  The measures for the Pilot’s first phase include:

  • Three-tiered air sealing and weatherstripping of the home and basement
  • Air sealing and insulation of the roof hatch
  • Air sealing and insulation of the attic or roof cavity
  • Installation of carbon monoxide/smoke detectors
  • Performance of home health and safety tests and improvements

Homes selected for the EnergyFit Pilot receive the package of measures.  Pratt Center will then track their energy usage for one year after the retrofit and survey homeowners quarterly to gain qualitative information regarding the homeowner’s perceptions on the process. Collectively, this data will inform the development of improved citywide programs that are accessible and inclusive for a range of homeowners.

Homes not selected for the first phase of the Pilot will receive information on other energy programs that may be able to help them begin to save money and energy.

A full analysis of the Pilot’s impact is expected in the Spring of 2017.  To view the Interim Report, click here.  

For more information on the EnergyFit NYC Pilot, please visit www.energyfitnyc.com or contact rmorris@prattcenter.net. 

Year-1 of the EnergyFit Pilot is supported by the New York City Council.