Monday, September 23, 2013

Green Physical Needs Assessment (GPNA) Classes Available

As of July 2013, in order to measure the impact of government funding and develop management practices to implement capital towards the most effective energy efficiency solutions in the units of Public Housing, The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has developed a Green Physical Needs Assessment (GPNA) tool as part of a new Public Housing Authority (PHA) process.

The GPNA tool includes a comprehensive list of components (site, building exterior, building systems, common areas, and units) with measurable line items that make up a complete PNA. The GPNA’s components are based on the Public Housing Capital Fund Financing Program Form-52829, green physical condition assessments, Uniform Physical Condition Standards (UPCS), and other building industry components.

With this new process, before the assessment can begin, HUD data must be fully reviewed, edited and in accurate form down to the building and unit level detail. All PNA Submissions to HUD, including previously exempt small PHAs, must be done through the new PNA tool. In order to gain knowledge, PHAs will have one year to submit PNAs and energy audits using the new tool.

From the tool, aggregated capital needs can be identified in several areas of need including: Replacement, refurbishment, accessibility, marketability/livability, and sustainability needs.

Unit-cost, based on the industry cost chose by the PHA, and Effective Useful Life (EUL), used as the basis for the replacement of components as they meet the end of their life cycles, are applied to all building/site components in the PNA. These are entered in the Cost Libraries in the tool.

The inspection-based tool collects Remaining Useful Life (RUL) information for each component, as well as the quantity for each component on the inspection forms for each of the component categories.

These basic entries--EUL, cost, RUL, and quantity-- are used by the tool to automatically calculate and create a 20 year cost projection for each Development/AMP. Other capabilities of the tool can expand the functionality for PHAs.

Compatible with Windows-based Microsoft Access® application, Windows desktop PCs, notebook PCs, and/or network computers, the tool may also be configured on handheld devices.

To view available informational courses about GPNA, please visit, or you may call our office at 646-564-3546 and one of our associates will be happy to help you.