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Advanced Buildings Program


Buildings require a lot of energy to heat or cool spaces, circulate air, and operate lighting. And most buildings—from single-family homes to skyscrapers—will likely be around for about 100 years. Currently, 80 percent of buildings across the State were constructed before energy codes emerged in the 1970s; they were not designed to be energy efficient. Laboratories and startups are working on business models and technology to lower buildings’ emissions and energy use, but they need help getting their innovations to market. NYSERDA’s Advanced Buildings program is bridging that gap.

The current funding opportunity from the Advanced Buildings program is helping bring innovation in heating, ventilation, and cooling (HVAC) systems into the mainstream.

NextGen HVAC Funding Opportunity

HVAC equipment uses 40 percent of a building’s energy. As a whole, HVAC systems account for 36 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions in the State. Reducing emissions from these systems will help New York reach its goal of a 600 TBtu increase in statewide energy efficiency from 2012 levels and overall greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030.

To tackle emissions from HVAC, NYSERDA’s Advanced Buildings program released the Next Generation (NextGen) HVAC funding opportunity to help develop energy-efficient building technologies and new business models for New York’s building industry. This funding opportunity focuses on cutting-edge HVAC systems, including new renewable heating and cooling systems and the integration of advanced controls.

How It Works

A total of $30 million has been made available for seven rounds of innovation challenges to encourage private investment and advance the next generation of HVAC systems for buildings.

NYSERDA is seeking concept papers focusing on:

  • Advanced solutions for heat pumps in cold climates,
  • Solutions that minimize a refrigerant’s GHG contribution potential and advance low GWP refrigerants,
  • A panelized system for deep-energy retrofits,
  • An integrated HVAC solution for midrise buildings,
  • Improved thermal storage for HVAC applications, and
  • Innovative materials, construction approaches, and manufacturing methods that improve building envelopes.

NYSERDA will review and select concept paper submissions through a competitive process. The most promising will receive a request to submit a full proposal.

Who Can Apply

Anyone can apply for the NextGen HVAC funding opportunity. NYSERDA encourages university researchers, entrepreneurs, startups and established companies that support development of new technologies and business models in buildings as well as forward-thinking building owners to apply.

How to Apply

The application and instruction on submitting a concept paper are available on the NextGen HVAC funding opportunity page.


Check back on this page for future due date for sixth round concept papers.


Joseph Borowiec
[email protected]
518-862-1090 x3381