Sustainability

Sustainability

HPD works to ensure that the City's investment in affordable housing goes toward building and preserving energy efficient, sustainable, and resilient buildings. Aligning with NYC's goals of carbon neutrality and climate resiliency, HPD ensures that our projects promote the health, safety, and prosperity of New Yorkers.

The need for our work to mitigate and respond to multiple risks and everyday threats -- like the ill effects of climate change and housing affordability -- has never been more important. 

Featured High Performance Projects


Aerial view of Beach Green Dunes building by the shore.
Beach Green Dunes
Rendering of Grand Concourse.
425 Grand Concourse
Rendering of the very large Sendero Verde complex.
Sendero Verde

Sustainability Initiatives

HPD's Futureproof Stakeholder Series: Sign up for news of upcoming events.

HPD Sustainability framework: An overview of HPD's requirements.

Enterprise Green Communities Criteria (EGCC): The EGCC is the only comprehensive green building framework designed for affordable housing, prioritizing carbon reduction, community health and well-being, and ensuring that buildings "can withstand disasters that can upend lives and destroy whole communities."

Solar Where Feasible: Projects financed by HPD are required to complete a Solar Feasibility Analysis and install solar where it is financially feasible. HPD has partnered with non-profit Solar One to create tools and provide free technical assistance to identify and optimize solar projects across HPD's portfolio.

HPD-NYSERDA Retrofit Electrification Pilot: Through an innovative joint pilot program with NYSERDA, owners interested in building electrification may be eligible to receive grant funding to incorporate electrification of hot water heating systems or space heating and cooking into HPD Preservation scopes.

HPD Design Guidelines for New Construction: Establishes the design criteria by which BLDS will evaluate proposed developments upon application to HPD for financial assistance. The Design Guidelines complement requirements in EGCC or LEED.

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

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. GHPP projects must reduce energy use by at least 20%.

Integrated 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 building standard that reduces energy use and operational costs while improving comfort and durability. Numerous HPD projects are pursuing Passive House certification or Passive House levels of performance. 

Green Communities Trainings: These trainings are a prerequisite to certification for EGC or LEED. Starting in late 2022, there will be two training modules available including Healthy Homes and a new "Future Buildings" training on high performance and resilient building strategies.

HPD's Policy on Electric Heating: As New York City moves toward decarbonization and building electrification, HPD has developed policies around electric heating to ensure that efficient systems are encouraged, poorly performing systems are not allowed, and tenants are protected.

Sustainability Metrics

  • Projects certified by EGCC: 321
  • Projects on the path to EGCC certification: 347
  • Passive House Projects closed as of 2020: 21
  • LEED Certified Projects to date: 56
  • GHPP Projects closed to date: 25

Sustainability Resources

Incentive Programs