NY Buildings of Excellence Winners to be Announced at Oct. 29 Event

October 04, 2019


The winning projects for Phase I of NYSERDA’s (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority) Buildings of Excellence Competition will be revealed at an October 29 event at Building Energy Exchange (BE-Ex) in Manhattan.

The Buildings of Excellence Competition is the most exciting public/private catalyst for market transformation to zero carbon buildings that we’re aware of right now in the United States. Reminiscent of the Brussels Exemplary Buildings competition that helped catalyze a complete shift to Passive House construction in the Brussels region over the course of a few short years, this competition holds great promise for shifting building practice—as well as our expectations of what a building should be—in New York and beyond.

According to NYSERDA: “Buildings of Excellence recognizes visionary architects and developers who take the lead in achieving beautiful, low carbon buildings that improve our quality of life; and, most importantly, inspire the industry to follow their example to a low carbon future.”

Phase I of the competition focuses on multifamily buildings and will included up to $10 million in project awards, with individual projects winning as much as $1 million each. Phase II will launch soon, according to NYSERDA, followed by a final, third phase.

The competition is a key component of NY’s Green New Deal and the state’s effort to slash its building emissions. “The development of low- to zero-carbon buildings will create healthier living spaces and communities for all New Yorkers, while driving down harmful emissions from one of our highest contributing sectors—our building stock—and pushing us forward on our path to carbon neutrality,” Governor Cuomo said.

If you’re in New York City, join the unveiling and celebration of Phase I winners by registering here.

If, like me, you’re based elsewhere in the world (why can’t Washington State have a competition like this, btw?), stay tuned for the news of competition winners to hit the interwebs shortly after the event.


Zachary Semke
Zachary Semke
Zack Semke is Director of Passive House Accelerator and a member of Al Gore's Climate Reality Leadership Corps. He writes and speaks about…

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