Ideas for the industry June 13, 2022

Ecosystem and the Empire Building Challenge

Building-Level Climate Electrification Emissions GHG Net Zero New York City NYC

NYSERDA’s Empire Building Challenge (EBC) created public-private partnerships with ten of the largest commercial and multifamily real estate owners committed to leading the industry toward the goal of deep decarbonization of existing buildings.

This program, the first of its kind in the US, is focused on urban multistory buildings, which are challenging to retrofit for decarbonization in a cost-effective manner.

Working with each partner’s consulting and engineering teams to change the status quo for what energy retrofits can accomplish, the EBC is harnessing the collective creativity and will power of the real estate community to demonstrate that a meaningful leap forward in the fight against climate change is not just possible but also replicable across the region.

Ecosystem is proud to continue as NYSERDA’s Technical Advisor to the EBC in Cohort 2. In this role, we are leveraging our expertise in integrated engineering and construction, performance-based electrification projects, and carbon-neutral master plans to challenge each partner’s pilot projects. We are evaluating their design, constructability, and technology selection. Our goal is to ensure the pilot projects push the envelope and achieve the greatest possible reduction in carbon emissions. These projects, representing 100 million square feet of NYC real estate, will be implemented and completed by 2025.

The Empire Building Challenge Partners

Cohort 1

  • Beam Living/Blackstone
  • The Durst Organization
  • Empire State Realty Trust
  • Rudin Management Company
  • Silverstein Properties
  • Vornado Realty Trust
  • Hines
  • Jonathan Rose Companies
  • L+M Development Partners
  • Omni New York

Cohort 2

  • Amalgamated Housing Cooperative
  • Boston Properties (BXP)
  • Brookfield Properties
  • Equity Residential
  • Lefrak Organization
  • Tishman Speyer

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