HPD works to ensure that the City's investment in affordable housing goes toward buildings that achieve deeper affordability through sustainable practices. Following a citywide vision for a more sustainable future, HPD ensures that the benefits of increased housing quality and lower utility costs improve the lives of affordable housing residents in New York City.   

Sustainability Initiatives

Enterprise Green Communities Criteria (EGCC): The EGCC constitute the only comprehensive green building framework designed for affordable housing.

Benchmarking Protocol: As of February 1st, 2016 buildings receiving HPD financing are required to benchmark and track utility usage for heating, electric and water. 

Green Housing Preservation Program (GHPP): GHPP provides forgivable and no-interest loans for energy efficiency improvements, as well as low-interest loans for moderate rehabilitation.

Integraged Physical Needs Assessment (IPNA): IPNA integrates an evaluation of energy, water, and health needs into a full roof-to-cellar assessment of a property's physical conditions to ensure that the holistic needs of the property are addressed.

Passive House: A high performance and sustainable building standard. 

Healthy Homes Training: Training on integrated pest management, active design, and smoke free buildings.

Sustainability Metrics

  • Number of buildings entering certification for EGCC in calendar year 2016: 269
    • Number of units: 8875
  • Number of buildings entering LEED certification in calendar year 2016: 7
  • Percent of projects in calendar year 2016 option to implement smoke free buildings: 60%

Sustainability Resources

*Program funded with New York State funds (NYSERDA and utility energy efficiency programs) are subject to adjustment and pending Public Service Commission approval.