News and Resources

Case Study Feature: Red Rock Creek Commons

Name:Red Rock Creek Commons Location:Tigard, OR Property Size:1 Building, 48 Units Project Type and Pathway:New Construction, Whole Building Reserved Incentive:$122,576 Electric Energy Savings:49% Compared to Code122,576 kWh Measures Summary:The Oregon Multifamily Energy Program incentivized the following energy efficiency measures proposed at Red Rock Creek Commons: High Efficiency Ventilation FansPackaged Terminal Heat PumpsEfficient WindowsWall InsulationRoof InsulationLED … Continue reading Case Study Feature: Red Rock Creek Commons

Resident Education Highlight: Savings That Count Fact Sheet

The OR-MEP team developed a series of resident education pieces for property managers to implement at their properties to help residents understand and reduce their energy use. These resources are designed to raise awareness about energy efficiency in a practical and relatable format. The Savings That Count fact sheet provides an apartment layout residents can … Continue reading Resident Education Highlight: Savings That Count Fact Sheet

Promote Energy Conservation to Reduce Spending on Utility Bills

While residents often pay their own utility bills, many multifamily properties offer perks such as use of common areas and paid water bills. When properties pay for energy and residents control use, it can be difficult to achieve savings. However, promoting energy conservation can help properties lower utility bills. Here are some tips to encourage … Continue reading Promote Energy Conservation to Reduce Spending on Utility Bills

New Bi-Monthly Newsletter Publication Schedule

Starting in June of 2020, the Oregon Multifamily Energy Program (OR-MEP) newsletter is shifting to a bi-monthly publication schedule. The next OR-MEP newsletter will publish in August 2020. The OR-MEP team is excited to continue delivering relevant, timely and informative news and updates through the newsletter. Stay up to date with program happenings between newsletters … Continue reading New Bi-Monthly Newsletter Publication Schedule

Our Commitment: Actively Anti-Racist

Special Director's MessageOregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) is committed to combating white supremacy and to dismantling structural racism. Read the special June 3rd Director’s Message here. OR-MEP StatementThe Oregon Multifamily Energy Program (OR-MEP) stands in solidarity with Black communities – in Oregon and across the nation – in the fight against racial injustice and … Continue reading Our Commitment: Actively Anti-Racist

OR-MEP Training Webinar: A Multifamily Overview of the 2019 Oregon Zero Energy Ready Commercial Code

The Multifamily Overview of the 2019 Oregon Zero Energy Ready Commercial Code webinar is hosted by OR-MEP and the Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) and focuses on the 2019 Oregon Zero Energy Ready Commercial Code. The current commercial energy code is applicable to projects permitted on or after January 1, 2020. This training covers: What’s changed … Continue reading OR-MEP Training Webinar: A Multifamily Overview of the 2019 Oregon Zero Energy Ready Commercial Code

Case Study Feature: Henry Building

Name:Henry Building Location:Portland, OR Property Size:1 Building, 173 Units Project Type and Pathway:Existing Building, Whole Building Reserved Incentive:$88,327 Electric Energy Savings:22% Compared to Code110,409 kWh Measures Summary:The Oregon Multifamily Energy Program incentivized the following energy efficiency measures proposed at Henry Building: Mini-Split Heat PumpIn-Unit Window Watcher ThermostatsRoof InsulationAir SealingEfficient Storm WindowsLED Lighting: In-Unit and Common … Continue reading Case Study Feature: Henry Building

Resident Education Highlight: Children’s Activity Booklet

The OR-MEP team developed a series of resident education pieces for property managers to implement at their properties to help residents understand and reduce their energy use. These resources are designed to raise awareness about energy efficiency in a practical and relatable format. The Children’s Activity Sheet is designed to teach a younger audience (ages … Continue reading Resident Education Highlight: Children’s Activity Booklet

OR-MEP Energy Modeling Guidelines

Oregon Multifamily Energy Program (OR-MEP) recently released new Energy Modeling Guidelines. The Energy Modeling Guidelines describe the modeling requirements for projects pursuing the Whole Building Path for both Existing Building and New Construction projects, and serve as supplement to the OHCS Multifamily Energy Program Manual. The Whole Building Path, which is designed for projects interested … Continue reading OR-MEP Energy Modeling Guidelines

Resident Comfort and Energy Savings During COVID-19 Stay Home, Save Lives Order

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and Governor Kate Brown’s Stay Home, Save Lives Executive Order, more Oregonians are now spending most of their time at home. This change in daily life will likely increase household energy use for many Oregonians. The OR-MEP team compiled the following tips and resources to help you and … Continue reading Resident Comfort and Energy Savings During COVID-19 Stay Home, Save Lives Order