San Francisco Department of the Environment

BayREN Multifamily Program Recognized Nationally for Effectiveness and Innovation

SF Environment staff Devon Berry (left) helped support the install of energy efficincy lighting at a Mercy Housing location in San Francisco.

On January 16, 2019, BayREN's Bay Area Multifamily Building Enhancements Program (BAMBE) was recognized by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) with a prestigious Exemplary Program Award.

The BAMBE program, led by Alameda County's StopWaste and supported by the Association for Energy Affordability and San Francisco Department of Environment, focuses on energy efficiency retrofits and offers no-cost consulting and cash rebates for multifamily properties with five or more attached dwelling units. BAMBE serves the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area and supports efficiency improvements designed to save 15 percent or more of a building's energy and water usage. 

Since 2013, the program has helped upgrade over 31,000 units at 458 properties across the Bay Area, providing over $22.5 million in rebates. In San Francisco alone, over 8,600 multifamily units have been renovated through the BayREN program.

Awards are presented only once every five years - this year, ACEEE, with the collaboration of an independent advisory panel, selected 53 models worthy of emulation. The full report, The New Leaders of the Pack: ACEEE's Fourth National Review of Exemplary Energy Efficiency Programs is available online.