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Research and Resources


NYSERDA has compiled and curated the following resources and tools to help inform the Carbon Neutral Buildings Roadmap. This includes the latest research reports and papers that address the barriers and opportunities of transitioning homes and buildings off fossil fuels and scaling net-zero energy construction in New York.


The 2019 New York Getting to Zero Status Report provides an overview of the policies and programs in New York that are driving the progress of net-zero energy construction.

(Coming soon will include Roadmap-specific research from RMI, E3, and NBI.) Further Roadmap-specific research for additional technical, policy, and market insights is currently underway and will be posted here as it becomes available.

Resources and Tools

NBI developed its Getting To Zero Buildings DatabaseLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page., which is a comprehensive list of zero-energy commercial and multifamily buildings across the United States and Canada. The database is an interactive tool that maps each emerging or verified net-zero building by location and building type.

The ScoutLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. platform is a tool developed by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for estimating the energy and carbon impacts of energy conservation measures for residential and commercial buildings. Scout analyzes and characterizes the performance, installed cost, lifetime and year the measure was introduced to the market.

DOELink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. is using various approaches to research, promote, and proliferate net-zero energy buildings across the country.

Case Studies

The following case studies highlight recent projects that demonstrate net-zero energy buildings are possible and showcase many that are in operation today. These projects are real-world examples of how New York can achieve a carbon neutral building stock through a culmination of high-performance design, energy efficiency measures, and advanced building solutions such as renewables, grid-responsive technologies, and energy storage.