About BUILD SMART NY State Building Initiative

Governor Cuomo has set an ambitious, yet achievable, goal of improving energy efficiency in state buildings 20% by 2020. BUILD SMART NY is a state initiative that aims to accomplish this goal in a strategic, coordinated, cost-effective, and data-driven manner.

Over the next seven years, BUILD SMART NY will benchmark the energy usage of state buildings, and execute energy master plans at the most energy intensive campuses. Based on the findings of the benchmarking data and energy master plans, BUILD SMART NY will target retrofits in the largest and most inefficient buildings, accelerating efforts to improve the efficiency of state buildings. BUILD SMART NY will also implement best practices for building operations and maintenance to ensure efficiency improvements are sustained. The BUILD SMART 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. One way we will do this is through the BUILD SMART NY website.


About BUILD SMART 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. Meaning, it will not only host information on state buildings, but it will also include details on buildings that receive energy efficiency support from the New York Power Authority or the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. Currently the website includes projects initiated in state buildings over the last few years. More recent projects will be added shortly and uploads will continue on a regular basis.

In the end, we hope 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.