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Commercial Solutions

Clean and Efficient 21st Century Buildings

HeatSmart CNY is working with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to connect commercial, mixed-use, and other large property developers and building owners with the experts, tools, and funding to choose clean heating and cooling, creating the buildings we need for the modern energy system.

Benefits of Heat Pumps

Heat pumps are a winning strategy for projects like retrofits for landmark buildings, mixed-use properties, apartment buildings, school buildings, and other commercial and large properties. Clean heating and cooling with heat pumps can:

  • Save money with lower monthly energy usage and expenses
  • Make you a cutting-edge environmental leader and reduce your carbon footprint
  • Improve indoor air quality and increase indoor comfort levels

The evolution of heat pump technologies means commercial buildings can now fully electrify their heating and cooling systems with the assurance of efficiency, reliability, and room-by-room temperature control. Learn more about Ground Source and Air Source heat pumps, contact the HeatSmart team, or enroll below to talk about how your property can benefit.

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Policy Impetus and Impact

New York’s landmark 2019 climate law, the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, aims to confront the greatest threat facing life as we know it: a rapidly changing climate. New York is taking a sweeping set of measures to reduce our carbon footprint, make our communities more resilient, and adapt to a changing climate. This climate law sets the stage for this and creates the opportunity for citizens and communities to partner with businesses, schools, and governments to create a green economy and build a climate-proof future with the help of clean heating and cooling technologies. The goal is to achieve 100% zero-emissions electricity by 2040, and reduce emissions by at least 85% from 1990 levels by 2050.

Local Success Stories

Alto Cinco Restaurant, Syracuse
Air Source Heat Pump

Auburn Memorial City Hall
Geothermal Heat Pumps

Auburn Police and Fire Station
Geothermal Heat Pumps

Barden Homes, Tully
Geothermal Heat Pump

B&D Warehouse and Training Facility, Cato

Cayuga Community College REC and Main Building
Geothermal Heat Pumps

Cayuga-Onondaga County BOCES Regional Education Center, Auburn
Geothermal Heat Pumps

Cazenovia Fire Department
Air Source Heat Pumps

Chapel House, Colgate University
Geothermal Heat Pump

Food Bank of Central New York Warehouse
Geothermal Heat Pump

Inns of Aurora
Geothermal Heat Pumps

The Gear Factory
Cold Climate Air Source Heat Pumps

Hamilton Fire Department
Air Source Heat Pumps

Hamilton Highway Garage
Geothermal Heat Pump

Hotel Skyler, Syracuse
Geothermal Heat Pump

Iron Pier Apartments, Syracuse
Geothermal Heat Pump

Jefferson Clinton Commons, Syracuse Armory Square
Geothermal Heat Pump

LeMoyne College Jesuit Residence
Geothermal Heat Pump

Lime Hollow Nature Center
Geothermal Heat Pumps

Living Word Worship Center, East Syracuse
Geothermal Heat Pump

Marcellus Library
Geothermal Heat Pump

Opendore Project of the Howland Stone Store Museum
Geothermal Heat Pumps

Nino’s Pizzeria II, Auburn
Air Source Heat Pump

The Pike Block, Downtown Syracuse
Geothermal Heat Pump

The Sinclair, Skaneateles
Air Source Heat Pumps

SUNY Cortland Professional Studies Building
Geothermal Heat Pump

Shelia Johnson Design Center at SUNY Morrisville
Geothermal Heat Pump

SUNY Oswego Shineman Science Center

Syracuse University Center of Excellence
Geothermal Heat Pump

Town Hall, Preble
Air Source Heat Pumps

Village of Skaneateles Offices
Geothermal Heat Pump

The Whitlock Building, Syracuse
Cold Climate Air Source Heat Pumps

The Bottom Line

As with anything of quality, the upfront costs may be higher. These are reduced by the NYS Clean Heat program through utilities and by other applicable commercial programs and tax credits. And the investment is worth it in the long run considering increased building value, better comfort for your tenants, and (sometimes dramatically!) reduced annual energy costs. Dig deeper into funding opportunities!

Not sure where to start?

There are many programs available for buildings, businesses, and municipalities – it can be overwhelming to figure out which ones apply to you. HeatSmart CNY can connect you with the programs that are most appropriate for your building and situation. Enroll now to get started!

Start with an energy audit to review overall energy use in your building, particularly heating/cooling load and opportunities for reducing it. Buildings over 10,000 square feet can get a free clean heating and cooling screening from NYSERDA through December 31, 2022. We can also help arrange more exhaustive studies like FlexTech, which helps fund expert engineers for in-depth designs.

Commercial and Large Building Incentives and Programs

Additional incentives are available for smaller buildings under 10,000 square feet with a heating load under 300,000 BTUH or under $100,000 in annual energy expenses:

Programs are available for multifamily buildings including apartments and condos:

P-12 schools can receive screenings through NYSERDA programs.

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