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NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development

Green Building

HPD has instituted a uniform green building policy to ensure the City’s investments in affordable housing are going towards buildings that have deeper affordability through lowered utility bills and healthier living environments, while balancing maximum benefit to tenants and owners with low incremental upfront costs.

As of August 15th 2012, HPD is adopting a modification of the 2011 Enterprise Green Communities Criteria.  All new construction and substantial rehabilitation projects receiving funding from HPD are required to comply with the 2011 Enterprise Green Communities Criteria Certification Overlay for NYC HPD Projects. 

For detailed instructions on using the HPD Overlay click this link

Projects that submitted for review to DOB or HPD prior to August 15th, 2012 will be permitted to continue with the 2008 Green Communities Criteria or other approved green building standard.    

The Green Communities criteria is the only comprehensive green building framework designed for affordable housing and provides proven, cost-effective standards for creating healthy and energy-efficient homes. More information about the policy and the steps to achieve certification are described in the Frequently Asked Questions Document below.

All rehabilitation projects, including moderate rehabs, will continue to follow the HPD’s Standard Specifications Document which has been updated to integrate green elements.

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