Governor Cuomo has set an ambitious, yet achievable, goal of accelerating energy efficiency in state buildings 20% by 2020. BuildSmart NY is a state initiative that aims to accomplish this goal in a strategic, coordinated, cost-effective, and data-driven manner.
Through the use of advanced data analytics, BuildSmart NY will benchmark State facilities to prioritize resources and identify best practices. Comprehensive energy analysis will identify equipment and process upgrades in the largest and most inefficient buildings, accelerating efforts to improve the efficiency of State building portfolio. BuildSmart NY will also promote best practices for building operations and maintenance to ensure efficiency improvements are sustained. The BuildSmart NY team will be located at the New York Power Authority.
In addition to our immediate goal of reducing energy waste, costs, and greenhouse gas emissions, we have a longer term objective of catalyzing investment in energy efficiency by demonstrating the economic, social, and environmental benefits of building energy efficiency. To help achieve these goals we have developed the BuildSmart NY website.
About the BuildSmart NY Website
With this site we are pioneering the use of big data and social networking technologies to increase transparency, accelerate projects, and drive innovation in buildings throughout New York State. The website will include progress reports, case studies, energy savings, project costs, greenhouse gas emission reductions, and other information. This level of transparency will enable greater accountability on government spending and performance, more information sharing among agencies and energy efficiency implementers, and a larger pool of information from which stakeholders can learn and build.
This site will serve as the one-stop-shop for information on building energy efficiency projects connected to New York State. It will not only host information on state buildings, but it will also include details on buildings and projects that receive support from the New York Power Authority or the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA).
We believe that by sharing information we will encourage local governments, private sector companies, and non-profit institutions to follow New York’s lead and to make an investment in buildings that will benefit institutional bottom lines, the economy, and the environment.