$30 Million Building Better Homes Initiative Officially Launches

J.M. Lesinski

A shot of several homes and buildings along East Ferry Street in Buffalo, New York.Photo by J.M. Lesinski

A new initiative supporting New York state’s goal to reduce greenhouse emissions by eighty-five percent by 2050 was recently launched by New York State Governor Kathy Hochul.

"Single-family homes are too often overlooked as sources of greenhouse gas emissions in New York and it's crucial we work with both developers and homebuyers to reduce emissions," remarked Hochul of the initiative. "Through the Building Better Homes initiative and its incentives, we are not only ensuring homebuyers have greener options to choose from, but also that we continue to work with the building and development industries to pave the way towards a more sustainable future."

To be administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the initiative hopes to grow the market of the carbon neutral single-family home, while also modernizing and decarbonizing designs of buildings to be as green and efficient as possible and creating a network of builders devoted to healthy home construction. Program partner applications, worth up to a quarter of a million per partner, will be accepted until December 31, 2023.

"NYSERDA is launching the Building Better Homes initiative, in recognition of the impact of harmful building emissions on New York State residents and the world in general,” President and CEO of NYSERDA Doreen Harris said of the initiative. “Through public-private partnerships, we are taking action to transform the market for carbon neutral homes by highlighting the health benefits of this type of construction and catalyzing market demand as we advance the state's climate and clean energy goals."

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