Enterprise Green Communities Criteria

Enterprise Green Communities Criteria


The Enterprise Green Communities Criteria (EGCC) constitute the only comprehensive green building framework designed for affordable housing. The criteria provide proven, cost-effective standards for creating healthy and energy-efficient homes. All new construction and substantial rehabilitation projects receiving funding from New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) must comply with the New York City Overlay (NYC Overlay) to EGGG.

All projects filing for EGCC PreBuild Approval after October 15, 2020 must comply with the 2020 NYC Overlay.

2020 EGCC and NYC Overlay

The 2020 EGCC and NYC Overlay focuses on adopting a “Path to Zero” for energy efficiency and carbon emissions, prioritizing community health and well-being, and ensuring that our buildings “can withstand disasters that can upend lives and destroy whole communities.” In this time of crisis due to COIVD-19, ensuring high-quality, safe, and healthy homes for all New Yorkers has never been so important.

There are two prerequisites for the certification of projects which must be completed before submitting for EGCC PreBuild: a Solar Feasibility Analysis and Green Communities Trainings.

Instructions, documents, and forms:

2015 EGCC and NYC Overlay


Contact an HPD's Sustainability Officer at GreenCommunities@hpd.nyc.gov or Enterprise Green Communities at certification@enterprisecommunity.org.