Restoration Partners with St. Nicks Alliance and Wins Buildings of Excellence Competition Awards from NYSERDA

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Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation Partners with St. Nicks Alliance and Wins Buildings of Excellence Competition Awards from NYSERDA

April 20, 2021

Dekalb Commons was named one of five projects to win funding in the second round of the Buildings of Excellence Competition, administered by The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). The Buildings of Excellence Competition recognizes and supports the design, construction and operation of low-carbon emitting multifamily buildings in New York. It supports the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (Climate Act), the most aggressive climate change program in the nation, which puts New York State on a path to economy-wide carbon neutrality and mandates an 85 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. This second round awarded $13 million to 14 projects, five of which are working with Bright Power, a leading energy and water management company.

Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation joined with St. Nicks Alliance as part of the development team. At Dekalb Commons, St. Nicks Alliance and Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation will use the award with Bright Power, Magnusson Architecture and Planning PC and Dagher Engineering, PLLC to build to Passive House standards and investigate the feasibility of integrating a solar photovoltaic (PV) array with community solar. Building to Passive House standards will provide future residents with greater thermal comfort, increased air quality, and superior insulation, controlling utility costs. By integrating community solar, St. Nicks Alliance and Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation will be able to generate electricity at the property and will enable more New Yorkers to realize the benefits and savings associated with clean energy. Bright Power will also provide Enterprise Green Communities certification in addition to commissioning and Passive House consulting. Bright Power is delivering the technical support for this project’s participation in NYSERDA’s Multifamily New Construction Program.

"St. Nicks Alliance is committed to the development of energy efficient and sustainable housing. We are honored to receive the Buildings of Excellence award from NYSERDA for our Dekalb Commons project. This award recognizes the commitment and efforts of not only St. Nicks Alliance, but our committed partners of Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, Magnusson Architecture and Planning, and Bright Power. The addition of the Blue Ribbon for Design Excellence for the Buildings of Excellence Competition further shows the team's strong commitment to provide quality and sustainable affordable housing. We hope to continue this mission of energy efficiency and sustainability in future projects," stated Frank Lang, Director for Housing.

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