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Sustainable Contractor Designation Program

How to Become a Sustainable Contractor

STEP 1: REQUIREMENTS

To apply for Sustainable Contractor Designation, you must:

  • Have an electronic copy of your certificate(s) ready to upload to the Department; and
  • Have an efiling account with the Department

NOTE: If you do not have an efiling account, visit the efiling section on the Department’s website and create an account.

STEP 2: QUALIFICATIONS

To obtain Sustainable Contractor Designation, you must:

  • Have one of the following active license(s)/registration(s):
    • General Contractor Registration (1-, 2- or 3-family home);
    • Master/ Special Electrician; or
    • Master Plumber; and
  • Have current insurance information

STEP 3: CERTIFICATION/CREDENTIALS

To obtain Sustainable Contractor Designation, you must have at least one of the below  certifications/credentials corresponding to your license type.

License Type

Organization/
Website

Certification/Partnership

General Contractor

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Family Home

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

High-Performance Building Design Professional

Building Performance Institute (BPI)

Certified Professional

Energy Star

Multi-Family Home Builder

Single-Family Home Builder

Green Advantage

Green Advantage Certified - Commercial/Residential

Green Advantage Certified - Residential

National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)

Certified Green Professional Designation (CGP)

Master Certified Green Professional Designation (Master CGP)

Passive House Institute US

Certified Passive House Consultants

RESNET

Energy Smart Contractors

U.S. Green Building Council

LEED AP Homes

LEED AP Interior Design & Construction

Urban Green Council, USGBC NY

GPRO – Construction Management

Master Plumber

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

High-Performance Building Design Professional

Operations & Performance Management Professional

Green Advantage

Green Advantage Certified - Commercial

Green Advantage Certified - Commercial/Residential

Green Advantage Certified - Residential

North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP))

Solar Thermal Installer Certification

Passive House Institute US

Certified Passive House Consultants

U.S. Green Building Council

LEED AP Building Design & Construction

LEED AP Homes

LEED AP Interior Design & Construction

LEED AP Operations & Maintenance

Urban Green Council, USGBC NY

GPRO – Construction Management

GPRO – Plumbing

Master/ Special
Electrician

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

Building Energy Assessment Professional

High-Performance Building Design Professional

Operations & Performance Management Professional

Association of Energy Engineers

Certified Building Commissioning Professional

Certified Lighting Efficiency Professional

Existing Building Commissioning Professional

Green Advantage

Green Advantage Certified - Commercial

Green Advantage Certified - Commercial/Residential

Green Advantage Certified - Residential

North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP)

PV Installer Certification

Small Wind Installer Certification

Passive House Institute US

Certified Passive House Consultants

U.S. Green Building Council

LEED AP Building Design & Construction

LEED AP Homes

LEED AP Interior Design & Construction

LEED AP Operations & Maintenance

Urban Green Council, USGBC NY

GPRO – Construction Management

GPRO – Electrical


STEP 4: HOW TO APPLY

To apply for Sustainable Contractor Designation, complete and submit the online application and upload all necessary forms. Follow the directions below to complete your application and upload all necessary information.

  • Login into your eFiling account to access the online application
    Fill out the online application, including all necessary certification/credential(s) information
  • Submit your online application
  • Once you have submitted the online application, you will be redirected to the certificate upload form 
  • Fill out the certificate upload form, including all the required information and upload your certification/credential(s)

NOTE: If you are an Energy Star Builder, you will be required to upload a copy of the list from the Energy Star website where it indicates your business name as an active partner.

Once you have submitted the certificate upload form, you will receive an email from the Department’s Licensing Unit confirming your submission. The Licensing Unit will then review your forms and certification/credential(s). This process takes approximately 2-3 weeks. After your review is complete, you will receive an email with your status: 

  • If you are denied, you may contact the Licensing Unit for more information  
  • If you are approved, your designation and certificate information will appear on your BISWeb online profile. The designation will appear on your new license card at your next renewal

For more information, contact the Licensing Unit at (212) 393-2259.

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