Weatherization Assistance Program
With extensive experience in property development and management, Paul Salib is the founder and managing partner of Castellan Real Estate Partners in New York City. Dedicated to improving energy efficiency across Castellan’s real estate portfolios, Paul Salib has attracted more than $1.7 million in grants from the New York State Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP).
WAP funding helps outfit residential buildings with energy-saving enhancements that lead to an average yearly cost savings of more than 20 percent. Residents who earn 60 percent of the state median income or less are eligible to apply for WAP funds.
Developers and property managers of affordable housing can also apply for assistance in upgrading their properties. Those receiving WAP assistance are given an “energy audit” to identify specific steps they need to take to increase their building’s energy efficiency.
According to the audit results, WAP-funded property enhancements may include sealing cracks and holes, adding increased insulation in attics and walls, installing energy-efficient lighting and refrigerators, replacing or repairing heating systems, and similar energy-saving fixes.
Castellan Real Estate Partners
Castellan Real Estate Partners is led by its founder and managing partner, Paul Salib. Backed by a significant amount of private capital, Paul Salib’s company is known for making sizable profits on in-demand real estate properties.
Castellan Real Estate Partners recently sold an East Harlem multifamily property to Emerald Equity Group, led by real estate investor Isaac Kassirer. Emerald Equity paid Castellan Real Estate Partners nearly $25 million for the four-building portfolio of mixed-use rental properties, according to the Commercial Observer, New York’s expert source on commercial real estate deals. Castellan acquired all four of the early 20th-century walk-up buildings for a combined $13.5 million in 2013.
With a total of more than 100 residential units and three commercial units, the three buildings on East 117th Street have a combined 42,000 square feet. The fourth property is on Park Avenue and covers 22,000 square feet.
Paul Salib is a professor at Schack Institute of Real Estate – New York University School of Professional Studies. In 2009, he founded fully integrated real estate investment firm Castellan Real Estate Partners. One of Paul Salib’s contributions as the company’s top executive is the decision to focus on green initiatives.
Many property owners neglect to invest in capital improvements at their properties, thus resulting in a decay that can be damaging to both a property’s value and the surrounding community. Unlike many other property managers, Castellan prioritizes building upkeep and makes significant effort to improve energy efficiency in its properties. Its initiatives have reduced the costs of operating its properties, lowered tenant utility bills, saved energy, and minimized properties’ carbon footprints.
Castellan also works to develop relationships with various city government agencies such as the NYC Department of Housing, Preservation, and Development and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. These connections have been instrumental in helping Castellan obtain weatherization grants to help improve buildings’ energy efficiency.
Castellan Real Estate Partners
A managing principal at New York-based Castellan Real Estate Partners, Paul Salib leads the company’s efforts in acquiring assets and overseeing its portfolio. Paul Salib’s firm takes financial viability into consideration as it maximizes every opportunity to reduce energy and resource usage throughout its numerous real estate holdings.
With the knowledge gained from energy audits it contracted Bright Power, Inc., to perform, Castellan has undertaken major projects including balancing and tuning of heat distribution in buildings, converting to natural gas boilers, and installing sophisticated heat monitoring and management systems. It has also undertaken smaller projects to improve energy and resource usage.
These small-scale projects include insulating roof cavities, air-sealing common door areas, using high efficiency bulbs in common area lighting, installing new toilets that control water usage per flush, and installing low-flow shower heads. Based on projected payback periods, Castellan will enjoy these projects’ economic returns during the firm’s ownership holding period. Many of these projects qualify for New York State Energy Research and Development Authority rebates as well, further reducing payback periods.