Showcasing visionary projects for New York’s future

The Buildings of Excellence competition’s mission is to stimulate the design, construction, and operation of very low, or zero carbon emitting buildings. With prizes up to $1 million, the competition will recognize important achievements across multiple project categories. In addition, eligible projects may also apply for incentives through NYSERDA's Multifamily New Construction, NY-Sun, Geothermal, and Electric Vehicle programs.

Eligible projects:

  • Use design and construction methods that are replicable and will achieve broad-based adoption by both developers and consumers
  • Provide superior financial benefits for owners, and provide healthy, safe and outstanding living environments for occupants

Many ways to be awarded:

Proposals will be accepted for projects in one of four statuses:

Early Design – up to $1,000,000 Projects in the schematic design or design development phase

Late Design – up to $750,000 Design development is complete and the construction documents are being developed, but the building permit has not yet been issued

Under Construction – up to $500,000 If the building permit has been issued, but the first Certificate of Occupancy, whether temporary or permanent, has not been issued

Post-completion Performance Optimization – up to $250,000 Projects must show how additional proposed enhancements and/or optimizations demonstrate replicability and improve the living environment.