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 or may pursue certification with LEED v4, gold or platinum.
The 2020 updates focus 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.” New York City's Overlay further promotes these goals by aligning with City's goals of carbon neutrality and climate resiliency to promote the health, safety, and prosperity of New Yorkers.
Ensuring high quality, safe and healthy homes for all New Yorkers has never been so important. In this time of crisis due to COVID-19, the need for our work to respond to multiple risks and everyday threats is amplified – like the ill effects of climate change and housing affordability.
There are two prerequisites for the certification of projects: an approved Solar Feasibility Analysis and Green Communities Trainings for building owners, architects, and contractors.
NOTE: To ensure you are using the most up-to-date forms, always download from this website at the time of use.
As of October 15, 2020 projects may no longer certify with the 2015 Overlay.
Contact an HPD's Sustainability Officer at GreenCommunities@hpd.nyc.gov or Enterprise Green Communities at email@example.com.