N.Y. Buildings of Excellence Program

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Buildings of Excellence competition advances innovative low- and zero-carbon emitting building projects.

New York’s $30 million “Buildings of Excellence” Competition to advance the design, construction and operation of low-or zero-carbon emitting buildings will close the first round of entries on Tuesday, June 4, 2019.

The Buildings of Excellence competition will include three rounds over three years, with each round providing up to $10 million and up to $1 million available per project. The first round, taking place now, will focus on multi-family buildings.

More information about the program and its competition rules can be found on NYSERDA’s website. For press information on the Buildings of Excellence competition, view the full press kit online.

New Yorkers pay about $31 billion annually for electricity and heating fuels, and buildings account for 56 percent of statewide greenhouse gas emissions from fuel combustion. The competition is part of Governor Cuomo’s Green New Deal, a clean energy and jobs agenda to transition New York State to a carbon neutral economy.

Buildings of Excellence supports New York State’s comprehensive approach to build a strong foundation for climate action by harnessing the potential of energy efficiency to put the state on a path to a carbon neutral economy and advance the state’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030.

Administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the Buildings of Excellence Competition will offer financial incentives and recognition to developers and architects for building construction and operation projects that demonstrate cost-effective and replicable low-carbon or carbon neutral designs. The competition will also show how low-carbon buildings can be profitable, attractive and affordable for New Yorkers.

Round One of the Competition will close for entries on Tuesday, June 4.

Proposals can be submitted on NYSERDA’s website and will be accepted for projects in one of four statuses:

  • Early Design – up to $1,000,000 Projects in the schematic design or design development phase
  • Late Design – up to $750,000 Design development is complete and the construction documents are being developed, but the building permit has not yet been issued
  • Under Construction – up to $500,000 If the building permit has been issued, but the first Certificate of Occupancy, whether temporary or permanent, has not been issued
  • Post-completion Performance Optimization – up to $250,000 Projects must show how additional proposed enhancements and/or optimizations demonstrate replicability and improve the living environment.

To be eligible, projects must be located in one of the six electric investor-owned New York State utility company territories. Projects must demonstrate design and construction methods that can be easily replicated and adopted by professionals for future projects.