Following the deadly heat wave of 2021, Oregon passed legislation to reduce the risk of more heat-related deaths. One part of this legislation led to the Landlord-Provided Cooling Space initiative, which offers cash incentives to multifamily property managers to purchase and install cooling equipment in common areas, such as lobbies, dining areas, community rooms, laundry areas, or off-site spaces within ¼ mile of the property.
As part of an effort to provide cooling spaces for Oregonians, the initiative offers incentives for qualifying ductless heat pumps and portable or window air conditioners sized to provide safe cooling levels during extreme heat events. While all multifamily properties are eligible to receive an incentive, some properties are prioritized. These include:
- Tribal housing
- Affordable multifamily housing
- Nonprofit-managed multifamily housing
- Senior-focused housing
- Agricultural workforce housing
- Manufactured home parks
For more information about this initiative, visit Energy Trust’s Landlord-Provided Cooling Space page or contact Heath Heiberg, Existing Buildings trade ally manager, at 503.307.3328.