NYSERDA - Buildings of Excellence Competition For Demonstration Projects (RFP 3925 – Rd3)

January 31, 2023



The Buildings of Excellence Competition is a competitive grant program for new construction, gut rehabilitation, and adaptive re-use of exceptional multifamily projects in New York State. Eligible projects must be completed within the service territories of the following utilities: Central Hudson Gas & Elec Corp, Consolidated Edison Co-NY Inc, New York State Elec & Gas Corp, National Grid, Orange & Rockland Utils Inc, Rochester Gas & Electric Corp.

The Buildings of Excellence Competition (the Competition) seeks proposals for demonstration projects that will achieve carbon neutral performance while being beautiful and functional, providing healthy, safe, comfortable, and resilient living spaces for their occupants. Successful proposers will also demonstrate how they will be profitable for the project’s developers and owners and demonstrate realistic cost reductions in design and construction of carbon neutral buildings. The Competition aims to accelerate the design, development, construction, and operation of carbon neutral multifamily buildings that are more resilient while integrating co-benefits for occupants such as controlled and healthy indoor air quality, as well as exceptional comfort. Successful proposers must demonstrate how their projects’ energy use and per capita carbon emissions will be substantively reduced, while increasing building resiliency, including passive survivability, in a manner that can be replicated at scale. The Competition will identify and select proposals for projects that demonstrate the greatest potential for success and replication in the market. Selected projects are eligible to receive up to $1,000,000 in direct funding (based on project size) as well as support for initiatives focused on broad marketing and public awareness. 

Proposers must demonstrate (1) architectural design quality and innovation, (2) how their project will generate interest in and demand for the construction of carbon neutral and resilient buildings, and (3) their commitment to share information related to the project’s design, costs, and performance used to support the decision-making processes employed to achieve the desired outcomes. This third issuance of the Competition will focus on mid- to high-rise multifamily and mixed-use projects that are at an early stage in their design and development cycle. Projects intended to primarily serve market-rate occupancy will be evaluated and considered for award separately from projects primarily intended to serve Low- to Moderate-Income (LMI) households, or projects located in disadvantaged communities.

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Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Financial Incentive
State: New York
Incentive Type: Grant Program
Web Site: https://portal.nyserda.ny.gov/CORE_Solicitation_Detail_Page?SolicitationId=a0rt000000WH8uA
Administrator: NYSERDA
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
up to $1,000,000 in direct funding
Installation Requirements: Proposals will be accepted from owners or developers for multifamily new construction, gut rehabilitation, and adaptive re-use projects. To be eligible, a project must exclude all fossil fuels from the building systems and equipment. Building systems and equipment at a minimum refers to building heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), domestic hot water (DHW), kitchen, laundry, and other appliances.


Name: New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Address: 17 Columbia Circle
Albany NY 12203
Phone: (518) 862-1090

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.