Buildings require a lot of energy to, for example, heat or cool spaces, circulate air, and operate lighting. In New York State, 60% of greenhouse gas emissions come from these building operations. Any building—from a single-family home to a skyscraper—will likely be around for about 100 years after it is built. Currently, 80% of buildings across the State were built before energy-related building codes were developed in the 1970s, so they were not designed to be energy efficient.
This program fosters development of energy-efficient, building-related technologies and new business models for New York’s building industry. NYSERDA focuses on two main areas:
- Next-generation HVAC systems including new renewable thermal (geothermal) heating and cooling systems and integration of advanced controls
- Smart Building technologies including systems of intelligent, automated energy monitoring and control capabilities that integrate renewable energy and energy storage
How to Participate
NYSERDA's funding opportunities for university researchers, entrepreneurs, and new and established startup companies support development of new technologies and business models in buildings.
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from residential, multifamily, and commercial buildings requires that new ideas for business models and advanced technology move from academic laboratories and startup companies to the marketplace.
Forward-thinking building owners can also participate in technology development. For example, NYSERDA has assisted technology developers and buildings owners with installing demonstration projects. These projects provide tech developers with valuable testing to finalize designs and offer building owners the chance to save energy.
The program is supporting a Request for Information (RFI) to help reduce the energy use and total costs of New York State residential and commercial consumers through the advancement of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. This work solicits stakeholder input in developing a prioritized list of research and study needs associated with the development of next generation of systems for a NYSERDA HVAC program.