The electrification of multifamily housing is becoming more prevalent as cities prioritize sustainable initiatives and the reduction of emissions from buildings and homes. To meet these goals, renewable energy sources for heating and water systems are necessary for new projects.
While going all-electric offers numerous environmental and safety benefits, it can also present uncertainties for developers who have not previously developed an electric building. With ever-changing city and code requirements, developers may struggle to know what questions to ask, what considerations to evaluate, and the associated timing to ensure their building design is efficient, adheres to requirements, and keeps their proforma on track.
To help, KEPHART is offering guidance on essential questions and other considerations developers should discuss with their architects and when in the design process these choices need to be made.
Timing is crucial when considering going electric. The MacLeamy Curve below shows the relationship between timing and the design/cost impact, highlighting the importance of making design decisions early to minimize costs. The longer the team waits, the more expensive it becomes to redesign the building to accommodate the appropriate equipment choices.
When considering going electric, it’s recommended to consult your experienced architect as early in the process as possible. With the professional expertise of an energy modeling company like Energetics, the team can begin to navigate energy efficiency requirements and explore financial incentives available to you. By starting a dialog and asking the essential questions above, developers can minimize design changes and achieve a financially viable and environmentally friendly end result.