NYCEDC Releases Circular Design & Construction Guidelines, an Operational Guide to Reduce Embodied Carbon in NYC’s Built Environment

Seven Project and Development Teams Selected to Participate in New York City’s First-Ever Mass Timber Studio Program

New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) today announced the advancement of two key commitments featured in New York City’s Green Economy Action Plan that seek to revolutionize a green path forward for cleaner construction and low carbon buildings with the launch of the Clean and Circular: Design and Construction Guidelines and the selection of the first design and development teams of the NYC Mass Timber Studio.

Key to New York City’s decarbonization efforts, the Clean and Circular: Design and Construction Guidelines, offer an operational guide to reduce waste and embodied carbon in New York City’s built environment. Additionally, NYCEDC awarded seven design and development teams to participate in the NYC Mass Timber Studio, a first-of-its-kind program in New York City, announced in September 2023. The technical assistance program is designed to support active mass timber development projects in the early phases of project planning and design. Mass timber is a natural, renewable and sustainable material with a lower carbon footprint than traditional building materials like concrete and steel.

The full list of NYC Mass Timber Studio awardees include:

  • Mass Timber in Harlem – Harlem, Manhattan: Project evaluating the viability of converting an existing design of a six/seven-story residential building from a concrete superstructure to a lower carbon mass timber superstructure. The project team includes atelierjones, Magna & York, Sage and Coombe, Swinerton, Timberlab, and DCI Engineers.