$10 million in funding allocated for NY Buildings of Excellence Design Competition

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New York’s state government is making $10 million in funding available under the third round of its $40 million Buildings of Excellence Design Competition to deliver carbon neutral multifamily buildings.

Round Three adds a new component to the competition, funding early-stage support for design teams and developers to ensure the most cost-effective solutions are integrated into projects from the start to build healthier and more comfortable multifamily buildings, Gov. Kathy Hochul’s office said in an April 7 statement.

“This one-of-a-kind competition advances Governor Hochul’s new goal to achieve two million climate-friendly homes by 2030 and supports the state’s nation-leading Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 85 percent by 2050 on our way to a carbon-neutral building stock,” the news release asserted.

“New York is leading the way to deliver clean, safe and affordable housing for future generations,” Hochul said. “Supporting climate friendly new construction is transforming how the building industry identifies and implements climate solutions and helping us deliver tangible results as we transition to a clean energy economy and address the growing impacts of our changing climate.”

The competition is administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).

Proposals are invited for early-stage design projects that integrate carbon neutral features into pre-schematic and schematic design phases, and construction and completion of exemplary carbon neutral multi-family buildings. In support of the Climate Act’s goal to ensure that at least 35 percent, with a goal of 40 percent of the benefits of clean energy investments support disadvantaged communities, at least half of the funding through the challenge’s third round is targeted for projects that support low-to-moderate income residents.

“NYSERDA is pleased to launch the third round of the Buildings of Excellence Competition in support of Governor Hochul’s goal to achieve two million climate friendly homes by 2030,” said the authority’s president and CEO Doreen M. Harris. “This program is the first-of-its-kind in the nation, spurring innovative, forward-thinking projects that advance replicable and cost-effective carbon neutral construction that provides healthy living and work-spaces for all New Yorkers.”

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