Buildings of Excellence Competition (RFP 3928 - Rd3)

Due Date:  06/05/2019  (Round 1); 05/27/2020  (Round 2); 07/14/2022  (Round 3)


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 that will be profitable for the project’s developers and owners.  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 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.

This round of the Competition will accept proposals for demonstration projects that are, as of the date of the proposal’s submission to NYSERDA, in an early design status as defined and detailed in section II of this RFP. The funding provided through the Competition may be used in conjunction with other funding offered by NYSERDA and utilities service providers. However, proposers must review the rules of the other programs to determine if those funds are accessible in combination with funds offered by this Competition.

 Informational webinar: NYSERDA will deliver an informational session on Thursday May 5, 2022, starting at 11:00 AM, which will be hosted at the Building Energy Exchange (BE-Ex). Please Register for this event, which will be live streamed to allow for remote participation.  Opportunities for participants to submit written questions to the presenters will be provided. Additionally, fill out this form to be notified of additional informational webinars that may be scheduled. Submitting your contact information will ensure you will also be notified of when a future round of the Competition is launched, are about to close, and when the winners of each round are announced.



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