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County
In effect
Resolution 2007-84
Pima County, AZ
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Pima County Board of Supervisors adopted Resolution 2007-84, requiring all new county-occupied and -funded buildings, including additions over 5,000 square feet, to earn LEED Silver certification. The resolution also requires all LEED-certified buildings to be maintained under the LEED for Existing Buildings ratings system, with the intention to apply the same standard to all existing facilities.
County
Amended
San Mateo County Municipal Green Building Policy
San Mateo County, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2001, San Mateo County adopted a Sustainable Building Policy, requiring all new buildings over 10,000 square feet to be built and certified to the highest practicable LEED rating. In 2017, the San Mateo Board of Supervisors approved an update to the Sustainable Building Policy, requiring county projects to earn at least 50% of LEED's Energy & Atmosphere credits and to achieve net-zero energy with generation from on-site or adjacent renewable energy resources.
County
Elapsed
Los Angeles County Sustainable Design Program
Los Angeles County, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors adopted the Los Angeles County Sustainable Design Program, requiring all new public buildings over 10,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. The board also approved a motion instructing the Directors of Public Works and Planning to investigate and report back within six months on opportunities to incorporate LEED standards or similar requirements into industrial, commercial, and residential development standards.
County
Repealed
Marin County Building Code, Ordinance 3533
Marin County, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2010, the Marin County Board of Supervisors enacted Ordinance 3533, requiring new commercial projects over 5,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification and requiring projects exceeding 50,000 square feet to earn LEED Gold certification. Projects under 5,000 square feet must submit a LEED checklist and comply with prerequisite credits. Commercial renovations valued at less than $500,000 or between 500-4,999 square feet are encouraged to abide by certain voluntary green building practices. Commercial renovations valued between $500,000-$5 million or between 5,000-24,999 square feet are required to comply with the same specified green building practices. Commercial projects valued greater than $5 million or exceeding 25,000 square feet are required to earn LEED Silver certification.
County
Repealed
Alameda County Green Building Program, Alameda County Code, Section 460, Chapter 15.08, Ordinance 2009-16
Alameda County, CA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Board of Supervisors of Alameda County adopted Ordinance 2009-16, establishing sustainable construction criteria for qualified projects in unincorporated areas of Alameda County. Covered projects include new or renovated residential projects 1,000 square feet or larger and commercial projects 3,000 square feet or larger. Qualified projects also must earn a specified number of LEED for Homes points or meet certain LEED minimum ratings. Expedited permitting is available for qualifying projects. This policy was repealed in 2010 by Ordinance 2010-65.
County
In effect
Riverside County Sustainable Building Policy, H-29
Riverside County, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors adopted Board Policy H-29, requiring all new County buildings to meet the criteria for LEED certification, or a county-approved equivalent. New construction projects larger than 5,000 square feet shall pursue LEED certification. The policy also encourages existing facilities to follow LEED for Existing Buildings criteria.
County
Amended
Resolution 08-0947
Sonoma County, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, Sonoma County adopted Resolution 08-0947, requiring the adoption of mandatory green building standards for commercial and residential developments. The resolution suggests implementing an ordinance which requires new commercial construction to achieve 20 LEED points and residential and mixed-use buildings to achieve 50 BuildIt Green points for compliance. In 2009, the County Board of Commissioners amended the green building program threshold to require 40 LEED points for new commercial construction.
County
In effect
Alameda County Administrative Code, Title 4, Ordinance 2003-63
Alameda County, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2003, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors adopted Ordinance 2003-63, requiring that all county projects earn LEED Silver certification or a county-approved alternative standard.
County
In effect
Energy Efficiency of County Facilities, Resolution 18-087
Eagle County, CO
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2018, the Eagle County Board of County Commissioners adopted Resolution 18-087, requiring that all new facilities and capital building projects earn LEED certification.
County
In effect
Resolution 2008-44
San Miguel County, CO
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the San Miguel County Board of Commissioners adopted Resolution 2008-44, establishing a new Prescriptive Energy Code and Green Building Standard which outlines energy and environmental standards to be met for new residential and commercial buildings and major renovations. LEED Silver-certified buildings that also receive a HERS rating equivalent to that required in the Green Building Standard for home size are exempt from the Prescriptive Energy Code and Green Building Standards. They will also receive expedited permitting. The Code also stipulates that all commercial buildings larger than 5,000 square feet must earn LEED Silver certification. Commercial buildings smaller than 5,000 square feet must comply with the Prescriptive Code or earn LEED certification.
County
Elapsed
Volusia Green Build Initiative
Volusia County, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, Volusia County created the Volusia Green Build initiative, a voluntary green building program funded from a $50,000 federal stimulus grant. Projects pursuing green building certifications, including LEED, will receive expedited permitting, public exposure, and a 50% application fee rebate. Residential projects are eligible for a rebate up to $600, commercial developments are eligible for a rebate up to $1,500, and land development projects may receive a refund up to $2,500.
County
In effect
Charlotte County Code, Chapter 3-2, Article V, Section 3-2-84, Ordinance 2009-020
Charlotte County, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Charlotte County Board of Commissioners adopted Ordinance 2009-020. New residential construction and renovation projects certified to LEED for Homes and new commercial construction or renovation projects certified under the appropriate LEED, and land developments certified under the LEED for Neighborhood Development are eligible to participate in this program. All program participants are eligible for fast-track permitting and will be included in a marketing program to promote green building in Charlotte County.
County
Repealed
Alachua County Code, Article V, Section 407.546, Ordinance 09-01
Alachua County, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Alachua County Board of Commissioners adopted Ordinance 09-01, stipulating that dry retention and detention basins may incorporate recreational uses if the project earns LEED Silver certification. This policy has been repealed.
County
In effect
Broward County Green Building Policy
Broward County, FL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Broward County Commission adopted Resolution 2008-856, which requires all new County-owned and operated buildings to earn LEED certification.
County
In effect
Lake County Green Building Program
Lake County, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Lake County Board of Commissioners adopted an ordinance establishing a Green Building Program. Participating projects must adopt standards of an accepted green building rating system, including LEED. Participating projects will have site and development plans processed within 20 business days, building permits for residential green buildings processed within three business days, and permit applications for commercial buildings processed within ten business days.
County
In effect
Miami-Dade County Sustainable Buildings Program, Ordinance 073319
Miami-Dade County, FL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners passed Ordinance 073319, requiring all new county-owned and county-financed facilities and all major renovations of greater than 50% of replacement cost to earn LEED Silver certification. County renovations less than 50% of replacement cost are required to earn LEED certification.
County
In effect
Hillsborough County Residential Green Homes Policy
Hillsborough County, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Hillsborough County Manager approved the Residential Green Homes Policy, which offers expedited permitting to home builders that complete a LEED for Homes scorecard or a scorecard from a county-approved equivalent. Scorecards must be supplied by a LEED for Homes provider or a qualified, third-party green home certifier.
County
In effect
Miami-Dade Sustainable Buildings Program, Ordinance 07-65
Miami-Dade County, FL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, Ordinance 07-65 established the Miami-Dade County Sustainable Buildings Program. The Ordinance applies to all county-owned, -financed, -leased, and -operated buildings and gives the County Manager the power to determine a nationally-recognized green building standard to adhere to, including LEED.
County
In effect
Sarasota County Green Development Incentive Resolution, Resolution 2006-174
Sarasota County, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, Sarasota County adopted Resolution 2006-174, creating a Green Development Incentive which provides fast-track permitting for residential and commercial green developments. Incentives apply to projects pursuing LEED for Neighborhood Developments or a county-approved equivalent standard.
County
In effect
Miami-Dade Expedited Permit Program for Green Buildings, Ordinance 05-115
Miami-Dade County, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2005, Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners adopted Ordinance 05-115, authorizing the County Building Official to implement a program to expedite the review and approval of permit applications for green buildings. Green buildings are defined as buildings where the design, construction and operation promote the preservation of resources and environmentally sensitive construction practices, systems, and materials. The Building Official should also take into account if the building is certified by a rating agency, including the U.S. Green Building Council.
County
In effect
Sarasota Green Building Program, Resolution 2005-048
Sarasota County, FL
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2005, Sarasota County adopted Resolution 2005-048, requiring that all new county buildings and facilities or major renovations of county buildings incorporate a LEED checklist in the planning and construction. The resolution also created the Sarasota Green Building Program, which provides incentives such as a fast-track building permit, a 50% reduction in building permit fees, and marketing for commercial and residential construction or retrofit projects that certify to LEED or a county-approved alternative standard.
County
In effect
Targeted Jobs Incentive Fund Program, Ordinance 00-98
Miami-Dade County, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2000, Miami-Dade County adopted Ordinance 00-98, the Targeted Jobs Incentive Fund Program. This program offers incentives for companies that relocate to Miami-Dade County and create jobs. A company can receive up to $1,000 if they operate their business out of a building or facility that is LEED-certified.
County
Repealed
Chatham County Green Building Program
Chatham County, GA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2011, the Chatham County Commission adopted an amendment to Chapter 20 of the Chatham County Code, requiring all new county-owned and county-funded buildings and renovations valued more than $100,000 to earn LEED Silver certification. The amendment was repealed in 2016.
County
In effect
Paulding Municipal Code, Appendix A, Article VIII, Section T, Resolution 08-25
Paulding County, GA
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the County of Paulding adopted Resolution 08-25, encouraging developments within the Paulding Airport Master Overlay District to incorporate LEED principles and practices into design and construction.
County
In effect
Coweta County Code, Section 85
Coweta County, GA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, Coweta County enacted a policy requiring all proposed developments in the RI-A Single-Family Residential Infill District to submit an affidavit confirming that all proposed residences will earn LEED for Homes certification, or a county-approved equivalent. New developments in the Center Village District pursuing LEED certification are eligible for a 1,000 square feet density bonus.
County
In effect
Chatham County Code, Section 7-1003
Chatham County, GA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2006, the Chatham County Board of Commissioners enacted a policy providing tax abatement incentives for commercial buildings that earn LEED Gold certification. Qualifying buildings are eligible to receive 100% state and county tax exemption for the first five years, an 80% exemption for the sixth and seventh year, and then tapering off by 20% each year until the tenth year.
County
In effect
Resolution CEN-001
Athens-Clarke County, GA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2004, the Mayor and Commission of the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County adopted a resolution requiring all new municipal buildings to earn LEED certification, with an emphasis on earning indoor air quality credits. The resolution also requires new municipal projects to include a LEED AP on the design and construction teams.
County
In effect
Blaine County Code, Title 7, Chapter 6, Section 7-6-4, Ordinance 2011-02
Blaine County, ID
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2011, Blaine County adopted Ordinance 2011-02, repealing the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code and adopting the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code. The ordinance permits LEED certification as an alternative compliance path for new construction or major renovations.
County
In effect
Blaine County Code, Title 10, Chapter 6, Section 10-6-8, Ordinance 2009-06
Blaine County, ID
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, Blaine County adopted Ordinance 2009-06, requiring construction projects within a Public Benefit Planned Unit Development to incorporate all primary public benefits and at least two secondary public benefits. Energy Star or LEED certification may satisfy one of the secondary benefit requirements.
County
In effect
Ada County Green Building Resolution 1180
Ada County, ID
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2003, the Ada County adopted Resolution 1180, requiring new construction and major retrofits of all County facilities over 10,000 square feet to meet or exceed LEED certification.
County
In effect
Cook County Code, Chapter 2, Article I, Section 2-6
Cook County, IL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2002, Cook County adopted an ordinance requiring that all new county building projects earn LEED certification and retrofitted buildings earn LEED for Existing Buildings. Projects are required to earn a minimum of 8 credits in the Energy & Atmosphere category. The ordinance also specifies that Cook County shall refer to the most current version of LEED when beginning a new building construction permit project or renovation.
County
In effect
Saint Joseph County Code, Title III, Chapter 35.06, Ordinance 24-09
Saint Joseph County, IN
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Saint Joseph County Council adopted Ordinance 24-09, granting tax abatements for developments providing a public benefit. Buildings that earn LEED Silver certification will receive 50 public benefit points towards earning an add-on abatement from one to seven years.
County
In effect
Lexington-Fayette Urban County Zoning Ordinance 8-21(o)(4)
Lexington-Fayette Urban County, KY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2012, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Zoning Ordinance was amended to include a section instructing that adaptive reuse projects may be permitted by the Planning Commission upon the approval of a final development plan. Eligible projects are required to be located near a public right-of-way, include one existing building that will be adaptively reused as a principal structure. Projects must provide documentation demonstrating that they at least three of nine criteria, including proof of earning LEED certification.
County
In effect
Anne Arundel County Code, Article 8, Title 2, Section 114
Anne Arundel County, MD
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Anne Arundel County Council adopted Bill 53-09, requiring the construction of a County-owned building 10,000 square feet or larger - or the major renovation of a County-owned building - to earn LEED Silver certification.
County
Elapsed
Carroll County Green Building Tax Credit, Ordinance 09-03
Carroll County, MD
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Carroll County Board of Commissioners adopted Ordinance 09-03, authorizing a 25% tax credit for new buildings that earn LEED Silver certification or a county-approved equivalent, a 50% tax credit for new buildings that earn LEED Gold certification or equivalent, and a 75% tax credit for new buildings that achieve LEED Platinum certification or equivalent for a period of five consecutive years. The tax credit only applied to commercial or industrial buildings. The tax credit elapsed in 2014.
County
In effect
Hartford County Code, Chapter 267, Part 1, Article VII, Section 267-61
Hartford County, MD
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, Hartford County enacted a policy permitting LEED-certified buildings within a mixed office district to use shared parking as an alternative to the parking facility requirements inscribed in Section 267-26 of the County code.
County
Elapsed
Bill 28-08
Baltimore County, MD
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Baltimore County Council adopted Bill 28-08, increasing the available tax credits for new residential buildings that earn LEED certifications. LEED Silver-certified buildings are eligible for a 40% property tax credit (up from 30%), LEED Gold-certified buildings are eligible for a 60% tax credit (up from 50%), and LEED Platinum-certified buildings are eligible for a 100% credit (up from 75%). The tax credits were in effect for three years, or up to $1 million in total incentives. The program elapsed in 2011.
County
Replaced
Montgomery County Property Tax Credit for Energy and Environmental Design
Montgomery County, MD
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Montgomery County Council approved Bill 37-06, granting property tax credits for buildings that earn LEED Silver, Gold, or Platinum certifications, or a county-approved equivalent. Buildings exceeding 10,000 square feet that earn LEED or LEED for Core and Shell certifications may receive a 25% tax credit for five years; of 25% for achieving Gold, and a 75% credit for LEED Platinum. Buildings less than 10,000 square feet that earn LEED or LEED for Core and Shell certifications may receive five year tax credits of 25% for achieving Silver, 50% for Gold, and 75% for Platinum. Buildings exceeding 10,000 square feet that earn LEED Gold for Existing Buildings certification may receive a 10% tax credit for three years; and 50% for Platinum. Buildings less than 10,000 square feet that earn LEED for Existing Buildings certification receive three year tax credits of 10% for achieving Silver, 25% for Gold, and 50% for Platinum. In 2020, it was announced that the tax credit will be sunset by January 1, 2025. On or before January 1, 2022, a building owner must either submit a completed application for the tax credit or submit an application of intent to apply for the tax credit.
County
Elapsed
An Act concerning High-Performance Buildings, Bill 78-07
Baltimore County, MD
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Baltimore County Council passed Bill #78-07, replacing Bill #85-06. The legislation expands the tax credit to LEED for New Construction, LEED Core and Shell, and LEED for Existing Buildings. Projects that earn LEED Silver certification may earn a 50% property tax credit, 60% for Gold, and 80% for Platinum. LEED Core and Shell Silver will receive 40%, Gold 50%, and Platinum 70%. LEED for Existing Buildings Silver will earn a tax credit for 10%, 25% for Gold, and 50% for Platinum. The LEED and LEED for Core and Shell tax credits are for five years consecutive years.The LEED for Existing Buildings tax credit is for three years. The tax credit has elapsed.
County
Elapsed
Howard County Bill 49-2007
Howard County, MD
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, Howard County enacted Bill 49-2007, establishing a five-year property tax credit for commercial and certain residential projects that earn LEED Silver certification, at minimum. The credit increases based on the level of certification earned: LEED Silver-certified projects may earn a 25% credit; LEED Gold-certified projects may earn a 50% credit; and LEED Platinum-certified projects may earn a 75% credit. Tax credits projects that earn LEED for Existing Buildings certification extend for three years: 10% for LEED Silver, 25% for LEED Gold and 50% for LEED Platinum. In 2017, the County Executive enacted legislation extending the residential property tax exemption until April 1, 2022.
County
In effect
Howard County Bill 47-2007
Howard County, MD
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED, LEED Silver
In 2007, Howard County enacted Bill 47-2007, requiring all new county projects, including major renovations, to earn LEED Silver certification. The legislation also requires private construction larger than 50,000 square feet to earn LEED certification. To incentivize higher levels of certification, projects seeking LEED Gold or Platinum are granted expedited permitting.
County
Replaced
Bill 17-06
Montgomery County, MD
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2006, the Montgomery County Council approved Bill 17-06, requiring new County buildings larger than 10,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification, or a county-approved equivalent standard. The bill also requires all private commercial, industrial, and multi-family residential buildings over 10,000 square feet to earn LEED certification, or a county-approved equivalent standard. County certification of LEED equivalency is an acceptable method of compliance. The policy was replaced in 2017 by ER 21-15AMII.
County
In effect
St. Clair Municipal Code, Appendix A, Article V, Section P
St. Clair, MO
Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the St. Clair City Council amended its Zoning Ordinance to encourage developers with projects in the Highway Corridor Overlay district to incorporate LEED concepts into project design and construction.
County
In effect
Resolution 2012-11
Lincoln County, NC
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2012, the Lincoln County Board of Commissioners adopted Resolution 2012-11. New commercial or industrial buildings, worth more than $2 million, shall receive a .1% rebate of the building's tax assessed value if they are LEED-Certified, .2% if LEED Silver, .5% if LEED Gold, and 1% if LEED Platinum. The program also provides fee incentive discounts of up to 95% of permit, water, or sewer fees.
County
In effect
Catawba County Green Construction Permitting Incentive Plan
Catawba County, NC
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Catawba County Board of Commissioners adopted a Green Construction Permitting Incentives Plan, which provides a 25% rebate of blanket permit fees (not to exceed $500) for new buildings that achieve LEED certification or a county-approved equivalent.
County
In effect
Durham County High Performance Building Policy
Durham County, NC
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Durham Board of County Commissioners adopted a High Performance Building Policy, requiring all new County buildings larger than 10,000 square feet to earn at minimum LEED Gold certification, or a county-approved alternative standard. New County buildings between 4,000-10,000 square feet are required to earn LEED Silver certification, or an alternative standard. The policy also requires all major renovations of county buildings (renovations in excess of 25% of the building and comprising upgrades or replacements of two of the three major systems) to earn LEED certification, or a comparable standard.
County
Elapsed
Mecklenburg County Green Building Rebate Program
Mecklenburg County, NC
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners amended its county fee ordinance to include the Green Building Rebate Program, offering permit fee rebates to projects that provide a proof of LEED certification. Rebates are proportionate to the level of certification achieved: 10% reductions for LEED-certified buildings, 15% for LEED Silver-certified buildings, 20% for LEED Gold-certified buildings, and 25% for LEED Platinum-certified buildings. The program elapsed.
County
In effect
Onondaga County Uniform Tax Exemption Policy
Onondaga County, NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2013, the Onondaga County Industrial Development Agency amended the Uniform Tax Exemption Policy to provide LEED Gold- and LEED Platinum-certified buildings eligibility to receive tax exemptions in accordance with the Community PILOT schedule. The Community PILOT schedule offers a tax exemption percentage schedule of 100% down to 10% on a graduated basis for 12 years.
County
In effect
Rockland County Code, Section 220-4, Local Law 14-2008
Rockland County, NY
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Rockland County Legislature adopted Local Law 14-2008 requiring all new major county facility projects to earn LEED Silver certification.
County
Repealed
Niagara County Resolution IL-058-07
Niagara County, NY
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, Niagara County adopted Resolution IL-058-07, requiring all County-funded construction or major renovations to earn LEED Silver certification. The policy has since been repealed.
County
Repealed
Resolution 429-07
Sullivan County, NY
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Sullivan County Legislature adopted Resolution 429-07, requiring all new county facilities to meet LEED guidelines.
County
In effect
Nassau County Local Law 16-2007
Nassau County, NY
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, Nassau County adopted Local Law 16-2007, requiring the construction or renovation of capital projects larger than 5,000 square feet and with an estimated construction cost of $1 million to earn LEED Silver certification.
County
In effect
Monroe County Green Building Policy
Monroe County, NY
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Monroe County Executive adopted a policy requiring new county buildings and major renovations larger than 5,000 square feet to adhere to LEED standards. The policy also directs Monroe County Industrial Development Agency to extend tax abatement from 10 to 14 years and to adopt more green building incentives to encourage LEED certification in private development.
County
Replaced
Resolution 126-2006
Suffolk County, NY
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, Suffolk County adopted Resolution 126-2006, requiring the Department of Public Works to apply LEED standards for new construction projects that cost greater than $1,000,000 and new renovation projects of more than $1,000,000. No appropriations will be made for a project unless it plans to earn certification. This policy was replaced by Resolution 551-2008, which applies the LEED requirement to new construction or renovation "built to suit" for long-term lease by the County as well.
County
In effect
Resolution 08-004
Multnomah County, OR
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2008, the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners adopted Resolution 08-004, requiring all new construction of County-owned buildings earn LEED Gold certification, with a minimum of seven points earned in EAc1 (Optimized Energy Performance). The resolution also requires all major renovation projects of County-owned buildings to earn LEED Gold for Commercial Interiors. LEED Gold is also required for major renovations of County-leased space 10,000 square feet or greater. The resolution also states that all existing County-owned facilities shall be operated and maintained following minimum guidelines for LEED Silver for Existing Buildings.
County
Elapsed
Harris County Green Building Tax Abatement
Harris County, TX
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2012, the Harris County Commissioners Court enacted an ordinance establishing a partial tax abatement for costs incurred by developers to certify under the appropriate LEED rating system. Buildings that achieve LEED certification are eligible for a tax abatement of 1% of the construction costs. Buildings with higher ratings may receive higher discounts: Projects earning Platinum certification are eligible for a tax abatement of 10% of construction costs. Silver- and Gold-certified projects may earn an abatement of 2.5% and 5%, respectively. The ordinance was re-adopted by Commissioners Court in 2014 and ran until 2016. The ordinance was re-adopted in 2016 and remained in force until 2018.
County
In effect
Arlington County Green Building Incentive Program
Arlington County, VA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2014, Arlington County updated its Green Building Incentive program (which has been in place since 1999). The program provides density bonuses to large office, multi-family, and mixed use projects that earn LEED v4 Silver certifications. Projects may earn up to 0.25 FAR for LEED Silver, 0.35 FAR for LEED Gold, or 0.50 FAR for LEED Platinum. All participating projects must agree to submit 10 years of energy data to the County, and office projects must achieve an Energy Star score of 75 or better within 4 years of occupancy. Up to an additional 0.05 FAR may be earned if two of Arlington’s “Priority Credits” are achieved. Priority Credits are selected from the LEED scorecard and focus on energy efficiency, habitat restoration, light pollution reduction, and building reuse. Additional density may be requested for Net Zero Energy building certification. The program is enforced through a bond based on the size of the project. 75% percent of the bond is held until the LEED certification is achieved. Participants may also benefit from technical assistance and publicity.
County
In effect
Fairfax County Sustainable Development Policy for Capital Projects
Fairfax County, VA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2008 the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors adopted the Sustainable Development Policy for Capital Projects, requiring all new construction or major renovation projects of county buildings larger than 10,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. In 2020, the Policy was amended to require LEED Gold.
County
Amended
Fairfax County Green Building Policy
Fairfax County, VA
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, Fairfax County adopted a Green Building Policy, which encourages residential, retail, office and other projects to follow LEED guidelines and to pursue certification. The policy was amended in 2014 to encourage industrial buildings to follow LEED guidelines, and to raise the level of recommended LEED certification in high-density areas.
County
In effect
Ordinance 17709
King County, WA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2013, King County adopted Ordinance 17709, requiring all new county construction projects larger than 5,000 square feet to strive for LEED Platinum certification. All eligible major renovation and remodel projects are required to earn LEED Gold certification. All capital projects that are not eligible or are limited in their ability to achieve LEED certification (e.g., infrastructure projects) must incorporate cost-effective green building and sustainable development practices using the King County Sustainable Infrastructure Scorecard and strive to achieve a Platinum level.
County
In effect
Resolution 2005-028
WA
Requirement, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2005, Whatcom County enacted Resolution #2005-028, committing the county, where feasible, to achieve LEED Silver for new and renovated county buildings over 5,000 square feet where the county provides the majority of funding. The resolution also encourages private sector projects to achieve LEED certification.