Green Buildings

Bank of America Building in NYC
The Bank of America Building at One Bryant Park is
a new 2 million plus square foot office building that
was constructed in midtown Manhattan. Designed by
Cook + Fox Architects, it is the first high rise building
to strive for a LEED Platinum Rating

Green buildings are environmentally responsible, economically viable, productive and healthy places in which people can live and work. Under the current Commercial New Construction Program, NYSERDA offers incentives to customers whose buildings achieve LEED or NY-CHPS certification. A one-time investment premium of 0-2% of first costs can increase the environmental performance of new and substantially renovated buildings.

Read Green Building Case Studies 

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Green Design Charrettes

Green design charrettes are meetings between stakeholders of a construction project with the purpose of exploring green building opportunities and feasibility. NYSERDA will coordinate a green design charrette for the building owner, tenant or developer to assist in the "building green" process.

Green design charrettes provide a forum to explore the green building opportunities specific to the project for acquiring points under the LEED rating system for LEED certification or Executive Order No. 111 compliance. Green design charrettes are typically for LEED certification, but can be used whether or not LEED is pursued.


Examples of Design Guidelines

NYSERDA has experience in establishing green design guidelines. NYSERDA supplied technical and financial assistance in the development of the following guidelines:

  • New York City Department of Design and Construction's High Performance Building Guidelines 
  • Battery Park City Authority's Residential Environmental Guidelines
  • World Trade Center Sustainable Design Guidelines and World Trade Center Sustainable Design Guidelines Reference Manual
  • Green Guide for Health CareLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.
Last Updated: 08/04/2014
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How to Apply

  • Consolidated Funding Application
  • Applications for PON 1601 are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis through 5:00 p.m. ET on December 31, 2015, or until funds are exhausted.
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Who Can Participate

  • Commercial building owners, municipalities, or businesses with legal authority to make decisions about buildings
  • Must pay into SBC
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Who to Contact

Contact the NYSERDA Outreach Project Consultant: or 585-671-8110

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