Buildings of Excellence Competition (RFP 3928 - Rd5)

Due Date:  06/05/2019  (Round 1); 05/27/2020  (Round 2); 07/14/2022  (Round 3); 09/21/2023  (Round 4); 09/18/2024  (Round 5)


The Buildings of Excellence Competition (the Competition) seeks proposals for multifamily demonstration projects that will be clean and resilient, beautiful, and functional, and will provide healthy, safe, comfortable, and resilient living spaces for their occupants.  Successful proposers will demonstrate how their projects will be profitable for the developers and owners and demonstrate realistic cost reductions in the design and construction of clean and resilient buildings.  The Competition aims to accelerate the design, development, construction, and operation of multifamily buildings that integrate 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 and active survivability, in a manner that can be replicated at scale. Proposers must also commit to publicly share information related to the project’s design, costs, and performance relied on to support the decision-making processes employed to achieve the desired outcomes.

This fifth round of the Competition will consider projects that intend to serve all market sectors, while primarily focusing on mid- to high-rise multifamily buildings that are at an early stage in their design and development cycle.  The Competition is available to projects located anywhere in New York State, regardless of whether the project will be located in an investor-owned electricity distribution company service territory.  Special consideration may be offered for projects that are or will be located in disadvantaged communities, for projects that will be eight (8) stories or greater in height, and for projects that involve the adaptive re-use of commercial office, institutional, or retail space to provide multifamily housing.  Selected projects are eligible to receive up to $1,000,000 in direct funding as well as support for initiatives focused on broad marketing and public awareness. The Competition will set aside a minimum of $5 million to support affordable housing projects.

This round of the Competition will accept proposals for multifamily demonstration projects in the early schematic design through the design development phase as of the date their proposal is submitted to NYSERDA.  Projects that have received a municipal approval; a Building Department’s final approval of the building’s architectural, mechanical, and plumbing plans; or the permit that allows for construction of the building at the time their proposal is submitted to NYSERDA will not be eligible for consideration.  The funding provided through this Competition may be used in conjunction with transportation (e.g., electric vehicle charging station) and distributed energy resources (e.g., solar photovoltaics or battery storage) funding available from NYSERDA and utility service providers. Projects that have been awarded funding from Category B or Category C of NYSERDA’s PON 4614 or funding from NYSERDA’s PON 5614 will only be eligible for an award of up to $700,000 through this Competition. Proposers must review the rules of all other programs, including utility programs, to determine if those funds are accessible in combination with funds offered by this Competition.

Informational webinar:  NYSERDA will deliver informational webinars on Tuesday June 11, 2024, starting at 10:00 AM, and Wednesday September 4, 2024, starting at 10:00 AM.  Participants will have the opportunity to submit written questions to the presenters in advance or during the webinar.  Fill out this form to receive an invitation for the listed informational session and to be notified of additional informational webinars that may be scheduled.  Submitting your contact information will ensure you will also be notified when the Competition is about to close, when winners are announced, and when a future round of the Competition is launched.


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