Archive for Green Buildings

Green Building Roundtable: Sustainable Innovation

Last Tuesday, in partnership with Enterprise Community Partners, CHPC hosted a roundtable focusing on the demographic of small to mid size building owners. In our report, All Buildings Great and Small, we discovered that this group of building owners often does not take advantage of programs aimed at creating more sustainable housing stock.


There were nearly twenty participants seated around the table. Click here for a list of the participants. We brought together city planners, utility representatives, industry experts, and building owners to share ideas and build a stronger vision of what a green future looks like for all …

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All Green Buildings Great and Small



By Ilene Popkin, Senior Fellow


Over the last year, we have conducted a wide-ranging industry study looking at the efficacy of the current energy efficiency programs for New York City’s rental housing stock.

CHPC’s Green Building Committee – comprising industry leaders in architecture, development, planning, finance, and engineering – agreed that there are many good programs and talented practitioners with substantial technical expertise working to make greener and more sustainable housing stock a reality. But they shared a concern that owners of small to mid-size buildings (5-49 units) were failing to …

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Roundtable Discussion: All Green Buildings Great and Small


CHPC will be hosting a round table discussion with industry professionals designed to help policymakers improve the coordination of existing programs and identify what policies are missing that new programs should address.

Using our report, All Green Buildings Great and Small as a starting point, the round table will explore what barriers limit building owners from taking advantage of all available resources and knowledge. The timing of the event couldn’t be better.. With the release of his plan to reduce New York City’s green house emissions,Built to Last, Mayor DeBlasio, has draw national attention to the question

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Steering the New Course: policy ideas for the new administration


CHPC’s Ideas for Housing and Land Use Policy in New York City

With so much political change in New York this year, we felt that it was important to set out our suggestions and priorities for housing and land use policy based on all of CHPC’s work over recent years. We always aim to be a resource for decision-makers inside and outside of government – to help them to understand NYC’s most pressing housing and neighborhood issues, think through the real impact of policy on the three-dimensional built environment, and map out realistic policy steps for …

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The Moreland Commission Report

Recycle Building

On June 22nd 2013, the final report from the Moreland Commission on Utility Storm Preparation and Response was released. We found the findings extremely useful and concise, and they support the conclusions that we have been revealing through our Green Building committee work.

As a starting point, the report reflects on the fact that “New York could – for the money that it is spending – do much better in providing these [energy efficiency] vital services”. It provides an overview of the obstacles and consequences as well as a series of recommendations in approaching energy efficiency in New York …

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CHPC Goes to Coney Island!

On Tuesday, CHPC staff visited Coney Island to tour the nearly-complete Coney Island Commons  - the fantastic result of a collaboration between CHPC board members Andrea Kretchmer, Larry Hirschfield and William Stein. Coney Island Commons is a mixed-use affordable housing development anchored by a community center to be operated by the YMCA of Greater New York.

When complete, Coney Island Commons will provide the neighborhood with 195 high-quality residential units for rent to low and middle-income families. In an effort to address neighborhood disaster-recovery challenges, 39 of the 195 units have been specially reserved for those applicants who were displaced …

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