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2022 Partners


Join the Challenge: Become a Partner

NYSERDA is recruiting a second cohort of Empire Building Challenge (EBC) partners (“Cohort 2”) to establish partnerships with a select group of building owners and MEP engineers who are willing to work together to test new thermal system designs and implementation approaches in their buildings. Cohort 2 will focus on deploying innovative thermal solutions (including but not limited to heat recovery, thermal storage, advanced heat pumps, low temperature hydronics, advanced system integrations, etc.).

Who Can Apply

Commercial and multifamily real estate portfolio owners, managers, developers, or operators and MEP engineering firms that meet minimum threshold criteria are eligible to apply. Commercial and multifamily properties must be 20 stories or higher. Buildings must be located in New York State and contribute to the System Benefits Charge on any electric utility account.

Successful Applicants will be eligible to receive up to $100,000 in technical assistance funding to develop a carbon neutrality roadmap for their building(s). They will also be eligible to submit proposals to receive up to $3,000,000 for low carbon retrofit project implementation through a competitive funding opportunity expected to be released in the second half of 2022.

NYSERDA is interested in teaming arrangements that can deliver innovation to help advance the mission of the EBC program and scale successful strategies for tall building decarbonization across New York State. To be considered, Applicants must have a decarbonization project proposal ready for implementation before the end of 2026, and building owners must be willing to test new thermal system designs and implementation approaches to drive decarbonization in their buildings. Building owners that are part of Cohort 2 will make a public commitment to achieve carbon neutrality for one of more of their buildings by 2035, and MEP engineering firms will commit to pursuing resource efficient, thermal-oriented approaches to decarbonization.

How to Apply

Read the full solicitation Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. for detailed eligibility requirements and information on how to apply.

Informational Webinar

NYSERDA held an informational webinar on Thursday, April 7 to provide more details on the solicitation.