The New York City Housing Authority announced the winners of a design competition Wednesday as part of an effort to cut its $380 million annual energy bill.
The agency’s 2,547 buildings use about 40% more energy than privately owned multifamily buildings. However, the authority has been historically cash-strapped and has struggled to meet its more pressing capital needs, such as repairing leaky roofs, making extensive energy retrofits difficult to fund.
Rather than trying to replace building systems entirely, the authority and the Mayor’s Office of Technology and Innovation, which jointly made Wednesday’s announcement, challenged private companies to pitch solutions that work in tandem with the existing NYCHA infrastructure. The three winning teams—H.T. Lyons and Consolidated Energy Design, Sentient Buildings, and Applied Thermal Solutions and Maxi-Therm—will pay for the installation of the products in the hope that, if successful, they’ll be hired to roll out the technology across more of the city’s public housing stock.
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