Green Physical Needs Assessments (GPNA)

The New York City Housing Development Corporation (HDC) has released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to establish a list of consultants who are qualified to perform Green Physical Needs Assessments (GPNA) and provide technical assistance to building owners for HDC and HPD-subsidized projects. HDC seeks responses from building science, energy-efficiency consulting, architecture, and engineering firms.

The Green Physical Needs Assessments (GPNA) program was established to help the City achieve its sustainability, energy and water efficiency goals as set forth in both Housing New York and One City: Built to Last. GPNA will intefgrate cost-effective measures into moderate rehabilitation projects financed by the City. Each year this will impact hundreds of multi-family buildings of all sizes, containing approximately 5,000 units of affordable housing.

While HPD and HDC do have a physical needs assessment component in the development and preservation for all affordable housing, it does not include an evaluation of energy or water consumption; nor does it make recommendations for energy efficiency or water consumption measures. Additionally, the process of determining an appropriate scope of work, choosing a contractor to perform the work, monitoring construction, and ensuring that the building is operated correctly to maximize the impact of improvements can be daunting for building owners to navigate.

Teams pre-qualified through this RFQ will provide the following assistance:

  • Green Physical Needs Assessment that integrates energy and water audit protocols into full a roof-to-basement assessment of physical needs to ensure that the holistic needs of a property are addressed; 
  • Technical assistance and owner’s representative services throughout the scoping/bidding/construction/post-construction verification phases.

The RFQ document details the scope of services, responsibilities and reporting requirements along with the timetable for submissions and prequalification. An HDC contact is also provided, to whom submissions should be addressed and who will be available regarding any questions.

The RFQ document can be downloaded from the following link: HDC Green Physical Needs Assessment + Technical Assistance Services RFQ