Retrofit Resource Hub
You can find out more about your options when retrofitting, and learn about technical and financial resources.
About the Hub
Boston's buildings account for about 70% of the entire City's greenhouse gas emissions. To address the climate crisis, all buildings in Boston will need to drastically reduce their emissions. The technology to do that is available now. Decreasing your building's emissions will help:
- make your building healthier and more resilient
- lower utility bills, and
- create more construction and energy-related job opportunities.
You can choose the best path for your building based on:
- equipment lifespan
- tenant turnover
- refinancing cycles, or
- other long-term capital planning considerations.
It’s important to be prepared when these milestones happen. Through the resources on this page, you can start making your plan today.
Pathways for emissions reductionEmissions
Reduce energy use
The first and most cost-effective step is to reduce your building's energy use by investing in energy efficiency upgrades. Utility incentives and energy cost savings often offset the upfront costs.
SWITCH FOSSIL FUELS TO ELECTRICITY
Consider switching from oil, propane, or natural gas to electricity. This allows your building to stop burning polluting fossil fuels and instead use clean, renewable energy.
Buy Renewable Energy
Renewable energy can be produced onsite or purchased from off-site projects. You can cut down on the amount you need to buy by first making efficiency upgrades.
Boston’s Building Emissions Reduction and Disclosure Ordinance (BERDO) requires large buildings to meet targets. These targets put them on track to the citywide goal of carbon neutrality by 2050.
Understand your optionsOptions
For multi-family building owners / managers
We have information on everything from capital planning to navigating utility programs. Find out where to start or how to go deeper.
For commercial building owners / managers
We have information on everything from energy management systems to green leasing. Find out where to start or how to go deeper.
As more buildings are decarbonized, more skilled contractors will be needed to do that work. Find out more about how to be trained and find opportunities.
For residential tenants
You can make your apartment more comfortable, healthier, and more energy efficient. Know your rights and the resources available to you.
For commercial tenants
Get the most out of your lease. You can work with your landlord to incorporate sustainable practices.