SUNYIT Receives High Performance Energy Efficiency Award from NYSERDA

NYSERDA Support for Energy Efficiency Project Helps SUNYIT Reduce Annual Costs by $62,000

May 01, 2013

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has recognized SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome (SUNYIT) with a High Performance Building Plaque for energy efficiency measures that will cut energy costs by $62,000 annually.

NYSERDA awards High Performance Building Plaques to hospitals, colleges and universities, schools, businesses and other organizations that construct or substantially renovate buildings that perform at least 30 percent above the New York State energy code. SUNYIT’s Wildcat Field House is rated to perform 34 percent above New York State energy code requirements. This building achieved LEEDÒ Gold Certification.

SUNYIT was awarded $190,000 from NYSERDA, which helps to offset the incremental cost of the energy efficient measures at the field house at its Marcy campus. Major energy efficiency improvements to the 58,000-square-foot facility include improved heating, ventilation and air conditioning; lighting and lighting controls; and energy efficient building shell (walls, windows, roof).

The electricity savings of 320,000 kilowatt hours is equivalent to the amount of electricity consumed by 46 homes annually and will be realized by the university every year for years to come.

”I’m pleased to accept this recognition of our partnership with NYSERDA and the efficiencies we have achieved as a result of it,” said Wolf Yeigh, President of SUNYIT. “It’s a point of pride for our students, faculty and staff that this beautiful building is an example of our ‘green’ strategy for the entire campus.”

“Governor Cuomo has strongly supported energy efficiency initiatives like the one at SUNYIT as the State looks for additional opportunities to make its buildings more energy efficient,” said Francis J. Murray Jr., President and CEO, NYSERDA. “I commend SUNYIT for its proven commitment to energy efficiency and for working with NYSERDA’s New Construction Program to make the most of its energy-saving opportunities.”

"Whether it's called 'green building' or 'sustainable construction,' or 'high performance,' it's the new standard by which all habitable structures are being renovated,” said Senator Joe Griffo, member of the State Senate's Energy and Telecommunications Committee. “I'm pleased that one of the best-known institutions in our area is being recognized with this distinction. I'm honored to join the Governor and the forward-thinking minds at NYSERDA and SUNYIT for their commitment to resource efficiency and environmental conservation."

“I commend SUNYIT’s leadership for its commitment to designing new buildings that will conserve energy, and be environmentally friendly,” said Assemblyman Anthony J. Brindisi . “NYSERDA is an excellent resource not only for designers of large facilities like the field house, but for individual homeowners as well. This and other collaborations NYSERDA is a part of often result in significant utility cost reductions for years to come, and that benefits state taxpayers.”

Funding for this project is through NYSERDA’s New Construction Program (NCP), which provides technical support to design teams and financial incentives to building owners involved in the construction of new or substantially renovated structures in New York State. NCP is a first-come, first-served program available to commercial, institutional and industrial sector customers of certain utilities. NCP incentives are paid out upon project completion and installation of approved energy efficiency measures is verified. The intent of the program is not only to improve energy efficiency and green building practices, but to effect a permanent transformation in the way buildings are designed and constructed throughout the state.


NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect our environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York since 1975.