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Advanced Buildings Program


Buildings require a lot of energy to heat or cool spaces, circulate air, and operate lighting. Currently, about 80 percent of buildings across the State were constructed before energy codes emerged in the 1970s and utilize the burning of fossil fuels for space heating and hot water. Laboratories, startups, and established companies are working on innovative business models and technology to enable building electrification, lowering buildings’ emissions and energy use, or intelligent energy management but they need help getting their innovations to market. 

The current funding opportunity from the Advanced Buildings program is focused on accelerating the development and commercialization of innovative buildings solutions to enable electrification and decarbonization of buildings.

NextGen Buildings Funding Opportunity

The approximately 8 million buildings in NYS are responsible for 60% of the State’s energy consumption, and 32% of the State’s greenhouse gas emissions. Reducing emissions from these buildings will help New York reach its aggressive Climate Act Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. goals.

To tackle emissions from buildings, NYSERDA’s Advanced Buildings program had released the Next Generation Buildings Innovation Challenges funding opportunity to help develop energy-efficient building technologies and new business models for New York’s buildings.

How It Works

A total of $8 million is available for Round 8 of the NextGen Building Innovation Challenges to encourage private investment and to advance the next generation of innovative building technologies.

NYSERDA is requesting proposals focused on:

  • Intelligent Buildings, and 
  • Thermal storage solutions for HVAC applications 

Who Can Apply

Anyone could apply to the NextGen Buildings Innovation Challenges funding opportunity. NYSERDA encouraged university researchers, entrepreneurs, startups and established companies seeking support to advance new or improved technologies and business models in buildings as well as forward-thinking building owners to apply.

How to Apply

The application and instructions for submitting a concept paper are available on the NextGen Buildings Innovation Challenges funding opportunity page Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.


Concept Papers are due by July 17, 2024 at 3:00 p.m. EST.


Program Team
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Read about Advanced Buildings as a focus area for Innovation@NYSERDA.