The Buildings of Excellence Competition Early Design Support Request for Proposal (the “Early Design Support RFP”) seeks proposals for qualified design firms that will provide early-stage design support for new construction and adaptive reuse projects that will achieve carbon neutral-ready performance while being beautiful and functional, providing healthy, safe, comfortable, and resilient living spaces for their occupants, and will be profitable for the project’s developers and owners.
The Early Design Support RFP is part of and in support of the larger Buildings of Excellence Competition (the “Competition”). The current round of the Competition is comprised of two RFPs, this Early Design Support RFP and a project demonstration RFP. The Competition aims to accelerate the design, development, construction, and operation of carbon neutral-ready multifamily buildings that are more resilient while integrating non-energy co-benefits for occupants such as controlled and healthy indoor air quality, as well as exceptional comfort. Successful proposers to the Early Design Support RFP will be expected to demonstrate how their design firm will engage with projects to substantially reduce energy use and per capita carbon emissions, while increasing building resiliency, including passive survivability, and improving health, comfort, and productivity for occupants, in a manner that can be replicated at scale.
The Early Design Support RFP will identify and partner with selected professionals that demonstrate the greatest potential for success and replication in the market. Through this Early Design Support RFP, selected design firms are eligible to receive up to $250,000 in direct funding per project, as well as support for initiatives focused on broad marketing and public awareness.