Green Physical Needs Assessments
A Green Physical Needs Assessment (GPNA) is a long-range planning tool with a focus on increased energy efficiency, reduced utility cost, and reduced life-cycle costs. The assessment outlines the anticipated capital needs of a public housing development and the estimated cost per year to complete this work. The term of a GPNA is twenty (20) years. In addition to predicting the capital needs, the report is prepared in conjunction with an Energy Audit (EA). The EA provides calculations of estimated energy usage for certain components (Building Envelope, Water, HVAC, Appliances, and Lighting). A payback analysis, to determine if the energy savings will outweigh the additional cost of a more efficient component, is provided to support the assessor’s recommendations. A GPNA may be used by the housing authority, HUD, or entity for, renovation or preservation of a public housing development.