Two SWBR Projects Win NYSERDA Buildings of Excellence Award

Two SWBR projects were recently selected as winners in Round Two of New York State’s Buildings of Excellence Competition for the design of a net-zero emitting multifamily building. This competition supports Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s nation-leading climate goals outlined in the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), which place New York State on a path to economy-wide carbon neutrality and mandates an 85 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

“Sustainable design is incredibly impactful for multi-family housing projects,” said SWBR Principal Joe Gibbons, AIA. “Not only will these two projects have less of an environmental footprint, but they will cost little to heat or cool, saving residents money while providing them a beautiful and healthy home.”

Selected in the Early Design category, PathStone Corporation’s proposed Baird Road Apartments is a 76-unit apartment building for seniors in Perinton, NY. The project’s design achieves Net-Zero energy through the Passive House design standard, and features health and wellness through Enterprise Green Communities 2020 and WELL Certification.

Rockabil’s Johnson Park Green Community Apartments, also selected in the Early Design category, is a three-building affordable and supportive housing complex in Utica, NY. The project is designed to meet Passive House certification and will serve as a tool kit for future inner-city medium-density affordable housing developments.

“For architects, the most profound design challenge of our time is finding solutions to our impacts on the climate,” says Sustainable Design Director and Principal Mark Maddalina, AIA. “Through their focus on low-carbon operations, health and wellness, these projects represent a transformation in the design of multifamily buildings.”

SWBR is providing architectural design services for both projects.

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