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Green Physical Needs Assessments

It is official – the Green Physical Needs Assessment is on its way and NMA is here to help!

This is mandatory for all PHAs, so don’t let your agency slip when it comes to this very important process. Contact us today to start a discussion about how we can help your agency.

Major things to know

The GPNA is mandatory for all public housing agencies

It includes new Energy Audit requirements

Reports will be submitted through a the new HUD GPNA tool within 12 months of rule launch

The proposed rule would require agencies to project the current modernization and life-cycle replacement repair needs of their projects over a 20-year period

All PHAs are required to perform a PNA once every 5 years, to update annually, and to submit to HUD via The GPNA tool

Benefits of the GPNA

It encourages project-based strategic planning for PHAs

PHAs are better able to take advantage of capital improvement opportunities as markets change and new programs emerge

Agencies are better able to assess the impact of implementing energy conservation measures and to independently evaluate potential for Energy Performance Contracting

PHAs have an organized and comprehensive reference resource that can be used for modeling



Conducting the PNA

When conducting your physical needs assessment, NMA will perform a general needs survey of a statistically valid sampling of your properties which will include:

The condition of the property; immediate critical and noncritical repair needs, expected repairs, replacement and major needs over a 20-year time period, and the total estimated cost in current dollars to complete these items.


Evaluation of existing and prior physical needs assessments, energy audits, capital fund performance and evaluation reports, work order history, and historical data on prior capital improvements as part of the assessment of current and future capital improvement needs.


  • A survey of units which are susceptible to architectural stress, such as:
    • Ground floor units
    • Units underneath a roof
    • Units adjacent to elevator cores
    • Units on the side of the building that receives increased weathering
  • Survey of 100% of the building envelope, including common areas.


    Your Report

    After the PNA, NMA will carefully evaluate all data collected, and provide to you a narrative report that:

    • Identifies actions necessary to turn vacant units into occupied units
    • Identifies necessary work to ensure long-term viability and to comply with federal, state, and local requirements and codes. Priority will be based on:
      • Emergency conditions
      • Statutory or legally mandated requirements
      • Section 504 needs assessment requirements
      • Lead-based paint testing and abatement requirements
    • Identifies replacement needs
    • Identifies work necessary to meet Section 504
    • Analysis of long-term viability and reasonable cost for each property assessed.
    Submitting Your Report NMA is happy to take care of the reporting for you via the new GPNA tool, or we can simply provide you the information for you to submit yourself.

    • Need an up-to-date PNA? Contact us today!
      1-800-783-3100 or email