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A new construction or gut rehab project is often the best time to explore clean energy options. Below, developers and business owners alike can discover new ways to add the value of clean energy to your building projects and stay ahead of the competition.
Energy-efficient lighting in buildings can create a safer, more productive environment and save money. In comparison to conventional lighting options, high-efficiency lighting uses less energy, costs less to operate, and can last much longer than traditional options—up to 25 years. You can also use controls and sensors to increase safety and save even more. Light your buildings the right way from the very beginning with high-efficiency lighting design.
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Constructing a highly-efficient building envelope, which includes products and techniques such as insulation and air sealing, can be a low-cost and effective way to reduce heating and cooling costs over the life of a building. Prioritizing your building envelope during a new construction or gut rehab project also helps increase comfort for your clients, employees, or tenants by regulating your indoor climate (temperature control, air quality, etc.) and protecting against outdoor elements (drafts, condensation, etc.). A properly sealed and insulated building is a great first step on your business’s path to a low carbon building portfolio.
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Installing efficient ventilation systems can improve the comfort and air quality of your building while reducing energy consumption. For example, demand-controlled ventilation (DCV) systems automatically adjust your ventilation equipment to meet the needs of your building and tenants. DCV systems can also reduce ventilation when spaces are not occupied or are at lower than peak occupancy to optimize efficiency.
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Clean heating and cooling technologies, such as heat pumps, make it possible to keep the occupants of your new building comfortable year-round, save energy, and reduce your carbon footprint. Unlike conventional HVAC systems, heat pumps draw heat from the environment and move it indoors to heat or move it outdoors to cool your building. Heat pumps also allow for zoned heating and cooling—letting you customize the temperature of different spaces.
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NYSERDA supports architects, developers, and business owners in improving the energy efficiency of new construction projects.
Programs are available from NYSERDA to help identify energy-efficient opportunities for your new construction projects and develop an implementation plan.
Developers and portfolio owners can improve their bottom line and futureproof their business by reducing energy use and adopting clean technologies in their new construction projects. Consider maximizing energy-saving strategies with additional cost-effective energy investments, including:
For a full list of programs, visit our energy programs and incentives page.
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NYSERDA offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise, and support to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce reliance on fossil fuels. A public benefit corporation, NYSERDA has been advancing energy solutions and working to protect the environment since 1975.