Brooklyn Daily Eagle: HPD, CPC Launch Online NYC Green House Guide

Will Help Environment, Will Help Multifamily Building Owners To Keep Costs Down

(February 22, 2011)

Compiled by Linda Collins
Brooklyn Daily Eagle

NEW YORK CITY — Owners of Brooklyn multifamily properties may now access new green guidelines online to help them keep costs down, reduce their overhead and keep their buildings more affordable for the people that live in them.

The NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and the Community Preservation Corp. (CPC) jointly launched the guidelines and site, nycgreenhouse.org, last week, describing it as “a broad-based knowledge source and online resource guide for multifamily property owners” in all boroughs. The program includes training workshops to be led by HPD staff and representatives from community organizations — these will be announced at a future date — plus materials like a hands-on tool kit that can be downloaded.

“Our data proves that rising utility costs contribute heavily to the rise in the cost of living and renting in New York City,” said HPD Commissioner Rafael E. Cestero in a published statement. “This new educational program will help building owners identify the measures they can take to ensure their buildings operate more efficiently.

“And by going greener and following the simple advice we have put up on the web site and in the collateral educational material, owners will also be helping the environment.”

Added Michael Lappin, CPC president and CEO, “By taking a green approach to housing development and management, owners can dramatically improve the physical and financial health of their buildings. Overall, the city will benefit from a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.”

According to Cestero, the web site, made possible by CPC, and the companion fact cards contain money-saving ideas and “how-tos” that link operational cost savings to sustainable practices in the general areas of energy, water, building materials and community-based initiatives.

The new resource was made possible through a grant from HSBC Bank USA.

Other program sponsors include the city’s PlaNYC overseers, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Con Edison, National Grid, Enterprise Green Communities, Local Initiatives Support Corporation-NYC, NYC CoolRoofs, the Pratt Center for Community Development, the NYC Housing Authority (NYCHA) and the American Lung Association.