New York directs $18 million to research technologies for net-zero buildings


The New York state government has awarded $18 million to projects selected to participate in the first round of the Buildings of Excellence Competition.

The 28 projects will use the funding to come up with solutions enabling the design, construction and operation of low-carbon emitting multifamily buildings.

Projects which received the funding include:

  • Capital Region: $2.4 million for three projects
  • Finger Lakes: $3.0 million for three projects
  • Mid-Hudson: Approximately $790,000 for two projects
  • New York City: Over $10 million for 18 projects
  • Southern Tier: Over $1.0 million for two projects

Click here for a full list of winning projects.

The projects will be administered by the New York State Research and Energy Development Authority in partnership with the American Institute of Architects New York State, ASHRAE and The Real Estate Board of New York.

The competition supports the state’s Green New Deal climate change programme in which the governor has set a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 85% by 2050.

The competition was launched in March 2019 and has received 53 proposals from across the state.

The initial funding for the project was earmarked at $10 million until NYSERDA added an additional $8 million.

The aim of the competition is to collect data which will be used to develop net-zero buildings of the future.

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Governor Cuomo said “Reducing harmful emissions from buildings is critically important to our carbon neutral future and a vital part of New York’s aggressive strategy to curb the impacts of climate change and stimulate green economic development.

Alicia Barton, President and CEO, NYSERDA said, “Public-private partnerships, such as those demonstrated through Buildings of Excellence, are helping to drive change across the state and are a key component of New York’s transition to carbon-neutral buildings and a green economy. Governor Cuomo is leading this transformation, which will benefit all consumers with the comfort, affordability and improved health benefits that are provided by low- and zero-carbon living spaces.”
The second round of the Buildings of Excellence Competition has also been launched with up to $10 million available in funding available under two categories: Early Design, awards of up to $1,000,000 and Late Design, awards of up to $750,000.

Proposals are being accepted through April 2020, with awards expected to be announced in fall 2020.