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Timeline and Updates



Preparation is completed, proof of concept and design is in progress, and pilot projects and first market are upcoming activities 

Over several phases in the coming years, RetrofitNY will catalyze the market for energy-efficient building renovations that approach or achieve carbon neutrality. But the time to get involved is now. We’re busy engaging property owners to generate demand and actors across the design and building industry to innovate and develop high-performance retrofit designs.

If you’re interested in participating, contact us for more information.


Request for Qualifications Now Open

RetrofitNY is continuing to make progress in transforming New York’s existing building stock to carbon neutrality.

RetrofitNY has released three Requests for Qualifications (RFQLs) to build a pool of candidates for upcoming carbon neutral demonstration pilots.

Individual RFQLs are available for:

Candidates that are qualified through these RFQLs will be able to apply for funding for a carbon neutral retrofit project when they form a project team with other qualified candidates.

RetrofitNY Pledge Launches

NYSERDA has launched the RetrofitNY Pledge, a formal call to action to help motivate manufacturers to make cost effective, high-performance building retrofit solutions more affordable and accessible. The Pledge enables building owners to use their collective buying power, at no risk to themselves, to compel manufacturers to introduce new retrofit solutions into the market.

Each signature helps build momentum to move manufacturers toward developing and making these solutions available. It sends a signal to the industry that owners care about sustainability and the well-being of residents and want to be a leader in the market when these solutions become available. It also sends a signal of strong market demand enabling the supply side industry to lower costs.

There’s no binding commitment in signing the Pledge, and the impact is easy to see. By joining other building owners and leaders in the industry, we send a collective, powerful signal that the demand for these solutions not only exists but are necessary to help make New York’s carbon neutral future possible.

Learn more about the RetrofitNY Pledge

PON Issued – Round 5 of NexGen HVAC Innovation Challenge

Round 5 of the Advanced Building’s NexGen HVAC Innovation Challenge is now open with deadline to submit concept papers on November 17th, 2020. The innovation challenges are focused on improving the performance and value propositions of current and next generation HVAC innovations for New York’s buildings. Of the six challenge areas in this round, you may be particularly interested in the challenges on panelized systems for deep energy retrofit and integrated HVAC solutions for mid-rise multifamily buildings.

What’s the opportunity?

Integrated HVAC solutions for mid-rise multifamily buildings

  • Seeking a cost-effective solution that will integrate a building’s key mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) systems for multifamily buildings 4-7 stories.
  • Challenging industry innovators to develop an integrated approach that will efficiently and cost-effectively deliver a multifamily dwelling unit’s heating, cooling, ventilation, dehumidification and domestic hot water needs.
  • Proposed approach should demonstrate potential at scale to significantly reduce installation and maintenance costs over business as usual for the given use case.

Panelized systems for deep energy retrofit

  • Seeking a cost-effective offsite-manufactured panel system with pre-fitted fenestration bringing a building’s exterior to passive house performance levels with significantly reduced on site construction times.
  • Targeting low-rise 1-3 story and mid-rise 4-7 story multifamily buildings.
  • Challenging industry innovators to develop an envelope system that will cost-effectively enclose a multifamily building’s vertical wall and roof surfaces, incorporate high performance windows and doors, incorporate a variety of aesthetically pleasing exterior finishes for different architectural contexts, integrate photovoltaics (PV), and facilitate operations of the building’s mechanical systems.

Explore the HVAC Challenge

Building Stock Assessment and Architectural Profiles Market Characterization Study- Now Available

Learn more about the prevalent building typologies throughout New York State’s multifamily building sector in this joint study by Syracuse University and Pratt Institute. The building inventory assessment and architectural profiles developed for each typology should prove useful to those interested in developing the technologies and processes critical to retrofitting buildings to meet deep energy and net zero performance levels. Download Market Characterization Report [PDF]

Designed Firms Qualified for NYCHA RFP

NYSERDA qualified ten design firms through NYSERDA’s RFQL 4234, to respond to NYCHA’s RFP 99825 to design net-zero energy retrofit pilot. NYCHA will select one design firm to design and oversee construction of the net-zero energy retrofit approach through RFP 99825, with design work occurring later this year and construction anticipated in 2021.

Team Lead Point of Contact Email Phone Number
CHA Consulting Kym Roundtree kroundtree@chacompanies.com (617) 939-9872
CTA Architects Christa Waring cwaring@ctaarchitects.com (212) 243-7404
Curtis + Ginsberg Architects Matthew Melody matt@cplusga.com (212) 634-1816
Cycle Architecture + Planning Tony Daniels tony@c-ap.net (646) 308-1603
FXCollaborative Architects Morgan Reuther mreuther@fxcollaborative.com (646) 616-7004
Magnusson Architecture and Planning Matt Scheer mscheer@maparchitects.com (212) 253-7820
Marvel Architects Pablo Ceja pceja@marvelarchitects.com (646) 442-8784
Paul A Castrucci, Architect Grayson Jordan grayson@castrucciarchitect.com (212) 254-7060
River Architects Juhee Lee Hartford juhee.lee-hartford@riverarchitects.com (845) 265-2254
Studio Gang Henry Rowe marketing@studiogang.com (773) 384-1212

NYCHA Collaborates with NYSERDA to Release RFP to Design Net-Zero Energy Retrofit Pilot

NYSERDA and the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) are working together on an RFP issued and funded by NYCHA for the design and construction oversight of a high performance retrofit for a building owned by NYCHA. The RFP is for multidisciplinary design teams to develop a net-zero energy retrofit solution. To be eligible to apply for the NYCHA RFP 99825, design teams will first need to be qualified through NYSERDA’s RFQL 4234.

PON Issued to Design and Manufacturer Energy Pod

Through NYSERDA’s Advanced Building’s NextGen HVAC Innovation Challenge, a solicitation was issued to design and manufacture an “energy pod.” An energy pod will meet a dwelling unit’s heating, cooling, ventilation, dehumidification, and domestic hot water needs on a distributed basis in one cost-effective, compact unit. To achieve scale with net zero energy retrofits at affordable multifamily properties, component costs must be drastically reduced. For the mechanical equipment, NYSERDA is looking to accomplish this with an energy pod.

Pilot Project Round 1 Final Reports – Successes and Challenges

As a first step in scaling cost effective net zero retrofits, RetrofitNY awarded six design-build teams across New York State funding to design a high-performance retrofit solution for a multifamily affordable property. The final team reports highlight the solutions they developed to advance toward net zero retrofits in today’s market, as well as the challenges to overcome to retrofit our residential building stock at scale.

The teams worked closely with the building owner to design solutions – approaching net-zero energy levels of performance - using products and technologies available in the current market. These innovative solutions demonstrated the feasibility of high-performance retrofits for the most prevalent types of multifamily residential buildings in the State and provide an important baseline on the current state of the U.S. market. Based on the learnings from these six pilot designs, the RetrofitNY team is engaging with industry stakeholders to reduce cost and streamline processes to facilitate cost effective net zero retrofits.

SUNY Residence Hall ZNE Pilot

DASNY, SUNY, and NYSERDA announced a RFQ to retrofit a residence hall to zero net energy performance. For more information about getting involved with RetrofitNY, visit our Getting Involved page.

2018 RetrofitNY Team Awards

The winning teams for the first pilot round were awarded on June 27, 2018. The design/build teams are:

  • The International Center for Appropriate and Sustainable Technology (ICAST): working with Beacon Communities on a two-story, six-unit building that is part of a six-building campus in Troy.
  • The Levy Partnership: working with Joint Ownership Entity (JOE) NYC on a six-story, 21-unit building in Harlem.
  • Bright Power: working with Volmar on a five-story, 42-unit building in the Bronx.
  • SWBR Architects: working with Conifer Real Estate on a two-story, 24-unit building in Portville in the Western NY Region.
  • King + King Architects: working with Rock PMC on a two-story, eight-unit building in Phoenix outside Syracuse that is part of a five-building campus.
  • Chris Benedict, RA: working with RiseBoro Community Partnership on a four-story, 46-unit building in Brooklyn.

RetrofitNY Design Workshops - 2018

Net Zero Retrofit Tech Forum

Experts from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) joined RetrofitNY to share their knowledge on state of the art technology for building retrofits to our RetrofitNY project teams and stakeholders on July 11, 2018.

NREL's buildings research teams lead efforts in developing cutting-edge technical solutions to improve the energy efficiency of both residential and commercial buildings, and to accelerate the integration of renewable energy technologies with buildings.

To receive a link to the recorded webinar, email us at RetrofitNY@nyserda.ny.gov.


RetrofitNY Webinar - Energiesprong Field Study & NY Model Solution

The Energiesprong initiative in the Netherlands has produced impressive solutions to take existing buildings to a net zero energy level of performance. Over the last few years the program has managed to reduce initial costs around 60% to catalyze a self-sustaining market for net zero retrofits.

RetrofitNY presented an interactive webinar for its awarded project teams on July 17, 2018. Ian Shapiro of Taitem Engineering reported on his Netherlands-based study[PDF] of the Energiesprong program. Simon Verduijn of the Energiesprong Foundation presented a model solution on a New York building and addressed specific design challenges. Simon also spoke about Energiesprong’s successes and mistakes in mobilizing projects, working with tenants, and technical challenges.

To receive a link to the recorded webinar, email us at RetrofitNY@nyserda.ny.gov.