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Multifamily & Commercial

Our sustainability consulting and third party verification services mean working with your team from design to project completion.

Multifamily & Commercial Energy Services

We work with all project types and sizes from residential market rate development, senior living, student housing, affordable housing, renovations and retrofits, office spaces, retail centers, and everything between. We value each individual client and project’s needs, working with you to meet your sustainability goals. Our team will value-engineer and customize the partnership level you are looking for.

Building Performance Inspections & Testing

Identifying issues, answering questions, creating visibility.
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Stay on track

Energy Efficiency Consulting, Building Inspections and Testing
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Green Building Certifications

From design to lease up we handle it all.
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Get certified

We determine which program best suits your development.
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Incentives, Education, & Marketing

From eligibility to benchmarking to rebate we review all of your options.
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Save money and add value

Incentive Consulting, Leasing/Property Management Training, Marketing Support
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Energy Modeling and Reporting

Visualize the data from your project.
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Review and report

Utility Estimates, Energy Use Projections, Energy Cost Savings
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Southern Energy Management provides a suite of services to multifamily & commercial project teams. We understand that every project has unique sustainability goals and priorities. That’s why we’re committed to meeting our customers where they are regardless of whether they are ready to sprint towards their goals, walk slowly forward, or anywhere in between. We’re confident that we can find a solution that matches your vision and values.

Ready to get started?

We’re happy to help find the program that’s right for you!

We're Your Green Certification Experts

SEM is by your side to assure a successful project from choosing the right program, design, pre-construction, on-site field verification, and final project documentation.

Better APRs
Green certified properties qualify for a lower APR when flipping from a construction loan to a mortgage loan.
Increased Sales Price
Properties with certifications fetch higher sales price to other developers or property management groups.
Lower Maintenance Costs
Third party certified buildings are better built, more durable, and keep maintenance costs low.

Why Southern Energy Management?

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Founded in 2001, SEM has helped developers construct, market, and rent healthier, greener homes for nearly 20 years. With an in-house knowledge base of building scientists, energy analysis, solar system designers, and marketers we have the expertise to elevate your properties to the top of the market. 

B Corp

We learned a long time ago that if we held ourselves to higher standards and took care of our people and the environment, we would rise above the rest. That’s why Southern Energy Management decided to become a certified B Corp in 2009. 

B Corp verifies that SEM meets rigorous standards in social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.


Who is SEM?

We’re a passionate team dedicated to improving the way people make and use energy.

Our Projects

We’ve worked on multifamily & commercial projects across the country.

Case Study

Sojourn Glenwood Place offers comfort and efficiency to residents as well as savings and a more sustainable lifestyle as a Bronze Level Certified NGBS community. We are proud to have been a part of this project as the independent third party verifier, ensuring quality and high performance.

What Our Partners Have to Say

Grant was extremely patient, informative, and all around amazing. We will definitely be contacting you for any future projects!
Lindsey Camper
Carolina Renovation and Maintenance, Inc.
Rachel Della Valle is great, and I appreciate that compared to some other firms I have worked with, your firm is very turn-key. Getting green certifications is always going to create additional headache and additional work. SEM keeps that additional work/headache to a minimum. Lots of good followup, lots of reviewing the plans and filling out checklists, occasional lists of questions - exactly what we need.
Charles Swanson
Humphreys & Partners Architects
The support of Laurie Colwander and team is invaluable.
Wayne Jones
Jones Architecture

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