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City/Town
In effect
Sunnyvale Green Building Program
Sunnyvale, CA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2019, the City of Sunnyvale revised their green building standards, requiring non-residential projects between 5,000-30,000 square feet to comply with CALGreen mandatory measures and earn LEED Gold certification. Projects can receive a 10% floor area ratio bonus if at least 75 points are achieved with Design Phase Credits and it is built to be all-electric. Projects exceeding 30,000 square feet are required to earn LEED Gold certification, and have Design Phase credits approved by a LEED AP.
City/Town
Amended
Ordinance 9-6.407
Emeryville, CA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008 the Emeryville City Council adopted Ordinance 9-6.407, requiring new city facilities to earn LEED Silver certification. Private developments that earn LEED Gold or Platinum certifications are eligible for residential density, floor area ratio, and/or height bonuses.
City/Town
In effect
Redding Municipal Code, Section 18.31.040; Ordinance 2428
Redding, CA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Redding City Council adopted Ordinance 2428, which provides single-family developments eligibility for density increases if they incorporate two or more specified site design components and at least one building design component into the project. LEED, or equivalent standards, may serve as the building design component for a development seeking a density increase.
City/Town
In effect
Sunnyvale Municipal Code, Title 39, Chapter 19.39, Ordinance 2894-09
Sunnyvale, CA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level:
In 2009, the Sunnyvale City Council adopted Ordinance 2894-09, requiring new residential and non-residential public or private buildings, as well as major renovations, to comply with green building standards. LEED may be used as an alternative compliance path provided that energy or other performance requirements are achieved. The ordinance also provides a floor area ratio bonus and a plaque for projects that comply.
City/Town
In effect
Simi Valley Municipal Code Chapter 9-31, Ordinance 1157
Simi Valley, CA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2010, the Simi Valley City Council adopted Ordinance 1157, reenacting Municipal Code Chapter 9-31, which provides a density bonus for affordable housing developments that exhibit public benefit - including achieving LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
San Luis Obispo Municipal Code, Section 17.32, Ordinance 1509
San Luis Obispo, CA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the San Luis Obispo City Council adopted Ordinance 1509, to increase building height and intensity limits in the downtown - commercial zone for green building projects. The maximum height of 50 feet for construction within a downtown commercial zone may be increased to 75 feet if the development satisfies multiple performance standards, including by earning LEED Silver for New Construction or for Core & Shell.
City/Town
In effect
New Haven Municipal Code, Article, V, Section 43, Ordinance 1412
New Haven, CT
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, the City of New Haven adopted Ordinance 1412, which stipulates that no building in a Business D-2 District may exceed 200 feet above average lot grade; however, buildings registered under LEED with intent to certify may have ten additional feet of height.
City/Town
In effect
Aventura Municipal Code, Article VI, Chapter 14, Section 14-115, Ordinance 2009-18
Aventura, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Aventura City Council adopted Ordinance 2009-18, establishing a Green Building Program that includes incentives for buildings that earn LEED certification. Buildings that LEED or LEED Silver certifications are eligible for expedited plan review, expedited building permit review and inspection, marketing of green building on site construction signs, inclusion of building on City's website, and administrative variances to allow orientation of building to take advantage of available natural resources, such as yard setbacks, landscape buffers, driveways. In addition to the above incentives, buildings that achieve LEED Gold or Platinum certification are eligible for a FAR bonus, and a lot coverage bonus, to a maximum 80% lot coverage, provided that the building has a green roof.
City/Town
In effect
Tampa Strategic Action Plan
Tampa, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, the City of Tampa adopted a Strategic Action Plan for the Channel District Community Development Area, which offers a 1.5 maximum floor area ratio density bonus to projects located in the Channel District that earn LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Dania Beach Municipal Code, Part II, Chapter 28, Article 305
Dania Beach, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, Dania Beach City Administration established a height bonus for transit-oriented development projects. The maximum height of transit-oriented development projects will be reduced by the greater of either two stories or 23 feet unless the development includes two public amenities such as a public plaza or civic open space, prominent water feature, public outdoor art, public parking or LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Palmetto Bay Green Program, Ordinance 2010-04
Palmetto Beach, FL
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the Village of Palmetto Bay created a Green Program requiring any village-owned construction project to earn LEED certification. The requirement applies to new buildings as well as maintenance or expansion of existing buildings. Private projects are encouraged to receive the certification through incentive programs and fast tracking permits. Incentives for developers include 5% density increase for LEED Silver, 8% increase for LEED Gold, and 10% increase for LEED Platinum.
City/Town
Repealed
Ordinance 83-07
Cape Coral, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Cape Coral City Council approved Ordinance 83-07 granting density/intensity bonuses for buildings pursuing LEED Silver certification. LEED Silver certification contributes 75 points toward the bonus; the number of points needed depends upon the size of the requested bonus. The policy has been repealed.
City/Town
Repealed
City of North Miami Sustainable Buildings Program, Ordinance 1278
North Miami, FL
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City of North Miami adopted Ordinance 1278, creating a Sustainable Building Program. The Ordinance stipulated that all new construction or additions of city-owned buildings must achieve LEED Silver certification or higher, and that substantial renovations to existing city-owned buildings were required to achieve LEED certification, while minor renovations must incorporate as many LEED green building principles as feasible. For the residential sector, all Community Redevelopment Agency-owned or funded projects are required to attain LEED Silver certification. Existing CRA structures undergoing major renovations must achieve LEED certification. Minor CRA renovations are required to pursue as many LEED credits as possible. New construction, additions or substantial improvements of commercial developments are required to be LEED certifications, while minor commercial improvements are required to incorporate as many LEED strategies as is feasible. The ordinance also creates residential density bonuses for LEED-certified projects. An individual may be granted a density bonus up to 25 dwelling units per acre for green building certification coupled with transit-oriented development. Projects pursuing LEED certification may also receive expedited permitting, reduced permit fees, and project recognition by the city. This policy has been repealed.
City/Town
In effect
Sanford Municipal Code, Schedule U, Section 3
Sanford, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2013, the City of Sanford adopted a policy awarding mixed-use developments in the midtown overlay district, downtown district and riverfront district with height bonuses of up to two stories for achieving LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Davie Municipal Code, Part II, Chapter 12, Article III
Davie, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the City of Davie established incentives for construction projects pursuing LEED Silver or Gold certification. Projects pursuing LEED Silver certification are eligible for a 5% increase in impervious area, a town park and recreation impact fee waiver, and a 25% height increase. Projects pursuing LEED Gold certification may receive a 10% increase in impervious area, a town park and recreation impact fee waiver, and a 35% height increase. The policy outlines mandatory LEED credits to receive the incentives, including erosion and sedimentation control, fundamental building systems commissioning, minimum energy performance, CFC reduction in HVAC and refrigerant equipment, storage and collection of recyclables, minimum indoor air quality performance, and environmental tobacco smoke control.
City/Town
In effect
Homestead Municipal Code, Chapter 30, Division 3, Section 30-461, Ordinance 2009-07-19
Homestead, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the City of Homestead adopted Ordinance 2009-07-19, establishing bonuses for residential developments that pursue green building standards. Developments pursuing LEED Silver certification or Florida Green Building Coalition certification are eligible for one additional dwelling unit per acre.
City/Town
In effect
Altamonte Springs Municipal Code, Article III, Division 46
Altamonte Springs, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Altamonte City Commission adopted a policy that defines the standards and calculations for height and intensity/density development bonuses. Projects that earn LEED Silver, Gold, or Platinum certifications are eligible for up to 100 bonus height points or up to 200 bonus intensity/density points. The number of points awarded is determined by the level of certification achieved.
City/Town
In effect
Miami Municipal Code, Article III
Miami, FL
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Miami City Council adopted a policy requiring new private development over 50,000 square feet in specified zoning districts (T5, T6, CI & CS) of habitable room and habitable space to achieve LEED Silver certification or a city-approved equivalent standard. The policy requires building owners to post at time of permit application a performance bond to guarantee LEED Silver certification. The city also provides density bonuses for projects that earn LEED Gold or Platinum certifications.
City/Town
In effect
West Melbourne Municipal Code, Section 99-10, Ordinance 2008-17
West Melbourne, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, West Melbourne adopted Ordinance 2008-17, granting buildings located in the town center pursuing LEED certification or another city-approved equivalent a height bonus up to 25 feet.
City/Town
Repealed
Norcross Municipal Code, Ordinance 24-2012
Norcross, GA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2012, the City of Norcross adopted Ordinance 24-2012, providing projects that earn LEED certification in the Redevelopment area overlay district a .25 floor area ratio bonus. This policy has been repealed.
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.
City/Town
In effect
Stone Mountain Municipal Code, Appendix A, Section 5-2.5
Stone Mountain, GA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2011, the Stone Mountain City Council passed an ordinance, providing new developments within a Traditional Residential District eligibility for a height bonus of three additional story, if the principal dwelling promotes sustainable building practices, such as LEED.
City/Town
In effect
Norcross Municipal Code, Chapter 200, Article I, Division 4, Section 201-23, Ordinance 08-2019
Norcross, GA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2019, the City of Norcross adopted Ordinance 08-2019, providing a 25% density bonus to residential projects in the Buford Highway district that use a minimum of three green building methods as identified by LEED or a city-approved alternative standard. These methods may include green roof components, energy efficient windows, permeable pavement, stormwater planters, among others.
City/Town
In effect
Moscow Green Building Program, Moscow Zoning Code, Title 4, Chapter 7, Ordinance 2008-09
Moscow, ID
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the City of Moscow enacted a policy stating that homes that incorporate LEED standards may receive a 2% density bonus.
City/Town
In effect
Whole Building Sustainability Standards and Guidelines, New Orleans Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance, Article 17, Section 17.5
New Orleans, LA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
The City of New Orleans offers a 15% increase in floor area ratio bonus for projects that earn LEED Gold certification, or a city-approved alternative certification. Prior to the approval of any FAR bonus for whole building sustainability, the applicant shall submit a letter of credit, surety bond, or other financial guarantee approved by the Director of the Department of Finance to ensure ultimate compliance with the sustainability level required for the bonus.
City/Town
In effect
Acton Zoning Bylaws, Section 5.5B.2.2.d
Acton, MA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2004, the Town of Acton adopted Zoning Bylaw Section 5.5B.2.2.d, granting building projects located in the East Acton Village District that earn LEED certification a floor area ratio bonus of 0.05.
City/Town
In effect
Somerville Municipal Code, Section 6.4-6.5
Somerville, MA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2004, the Somerville City Council adopted Ordinance 2004-04, requiring projects located in the Assembly Square Mixed-Use District to submit LEED checklists, and encouraging LEED certification. In 2009, the policy was amended by Ordinance 2009-03 to add LEED incentives. LEED Gold-certified projects are eligible for a floor area ratio increase (FAR) and a height bonus. LEED Gold projects within Transit Oriented District 70 and 100 are eligible for a 0.5 FAR increase; LEED Gold developments in Transit Oriented District 135 may receive a 1.0 FAR increase; and LEED Gold projects in all three districts may receive a 15 feet height bonus.
City/Town
In effect
Bar Harbor Municipal Code, Chapter 125, Article V, Section 125-69
Bar Harbor, ME
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, Bar Harbor amended its municipal code, granting a density bonus for affordable housing projects whereby all dwelling units meet LEED standards. The bonus applies to projects within a Planned Unit Development.
City/Town
In effect
Ypsilanti Municipal Code, Article XI-D, Section 1173, Ordinance 2008-378
Ypsilanti, MI
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Ypsilanti Charter Township adopted Ordinance 2008-378, allowing LEED-certified buildings to have up to three additional stories and 35 feet of building height.
City/Town
In effect
Bloomington Municipal Code, Chapter 19.29F
Bloomington, MN
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2005, the City of Bloomington added requirements for the permanent high intensity mixed use with residential zoning district, including a sustainable design bonus. Developments designed to minimize environmental impact as measured by LEED certification are eligible for bonus floor area. One quarter square foot of additional floor area is allowed per square foot of floor area within a building that receives LEED or Silver certification. One half square foot of additional floor area is allowed per square foot of floor area within a building that receives LEED certification at the Gold or Platinum level. The sustainable design floor area ratio bonus may not exceed 1.0 and building permits and final Certificates of Occupancy will not be issued unless LEED certification is verified.
City/Town
In effect
Wilmington Municipal Code, Section 18-174, Ordinance O-2008-05
Wilmington, NC
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Wilmington City Council adopted Ordinance O-2008-25, providing LEED-certified buildings with trees, shrubs, and other green roof vegetation an exemption from city height requirements.
City/Town
In effect
Franklin Municipal Code, Article IV, Section 305-22, Ordinance 02-08
Franklin, NH
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007 the City of Franklin adopted Ordinance 02-08, creating a density bonus for buildings or historic restoration and/or renovations that earn LEED certification. New construction must earn at least 45 LEED points, and renovations must earn at least 55 LEED for Existing Buildings points to be granted a density bonus of up to 20%.
City/Town
Elapsed
Ordinance 11-2009
Madison, NJ
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Borough of Madison adopted Ordinance 11-2009, granting a 10% density bonus to projects located along Cook Avenue and Ridgedale Avenue that achieve at least LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
Elapsed
Millville Municipal Code, Chapter 30, Article XIX, Section 30-231, Ordinance 21-2009
Millville, NJ
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City of Millville adopted Ordinance 21-2009, granting new mixed-use, riverfront projects eligibility to earn a density bonus if (among other items) they incorporate green building techniques into a project's design and construction, and aim to earn LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Cranford Township Code, Chapter 106, Ordinance 2005-46
Cranford, NJ
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2005, the Township of Cranford adopted Ordinance 2005-46, requiring all new public projects and major renovations earn LEED Silver certification at minimum. The ordinance also adopts LEED for Existing Buildings for its existing buildings. Additionally, to incentivize certification in the private sector, the policy allows developers to request density or height bonuses if a project earns LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Kearny Municipal Code, Chapter 27, Green Building Design, Ordinance 54
Kearny, NJ
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Kearny Town Council adopted Ordinance 54, requiring all new municipal buildings to earn LEED Silver certification at minimum. The ordinance also offers density bonuses to private redevelopment projects that earn LEED certification. Projects that earn LEED certification are eligible for an additional 0.15 floor area ratio (FAR) or 0.5 additional dwelling units per acre; or 3 additional dwelling units per acre for LEED Platinum; LEED Gold-certified projects are eligible for an additional 0.25 FAR or 2 additional dwelling units per acre; LEED Silver-certified projects are eligible for an additional 0.2 FAR or 1 additional dwelling unit per acre.
City/Town
In effect
North Las Vegas Municipal Code, Title 17, Chapter 24
North Las Vegas, NV
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2011, the City of North Las Vegas enacted a policy requiring buildings to comply with LEED for Homes, or a city-approved alternative certification or standard. Buildings with a cool or green roof are additionally eligible for a floor-area bonus of 1.5 times the allowable gross floor area of the roof or an increase in height of one story over the maximum allowable height. If the roof is open to the public, the density/height bonus may be doubled. Moreover, projects that restore a natural area are granted double open space for the restored area.
City/Town
In effect
Residential Design Incentive System, North Las Vegas Municipal Code, Chapter 17, Section 17.24.090
North Las Vegas, NV
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2011, the City of North Las Vegas adopted a policy granting projects that earn LEED for Homes certification for 75% of the buildings within a development 1.25 density points towards the minimum required points total. Projects that earn each additional level of LEED (Silver, Gold, or Platinum) are granted an additional 0.25 points per level. Developers must achieve density points in three categories: building and site design, site amenities, and mixed-income development.
City/Town
In effect
Affordable Housing Density Bonus, Henderson Municipal Code, Title 19, Chapter 19.10
Henderson, NV
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the City of Henderson established an affordable housing density bonus. Earning LEED certification may quality a project for a density bonus.
City/Town
Repealed
New Rochelle Municipal Code, Chapter 331, Article XX, Section 331-154, Ordinance 237-2008
New Rochelle, NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the City of New Rochelle adopted Ordinance 237-2008, granting a density bonus for projects in floating overlay zones that commit to earning LEED Silver certification. LEED Silver-certified projects may receive a maximum floor area ratio density bonus of 2.0. LEED-certified projects located in the DMU zoning district can achieve a maximum floor area ratio density bonus of 1.25. A LEED-certified project located in the DMUR zoning district can achieve a maximum floor area ratio density bonus of 3.0. LEED Gold- or Platinum-certified projects may receive a greater density bonus in the three zoning districts.
City/Town
In effect
Blooming Grove Municipal Code, Chapter 235, Article VA, Section 235-14.1
Blooming Grove, NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2005, the City of Blooming Grove adopted a policy offering projects the opportunity to increase base lot count by up to 10% if LEED certification or a city-approved alternative standard is earned.
City/Town
In effect
Queensbury Local Law 3-2009
Queensbury, NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City of Queensbury adopted Local Law 3-2009, granting a density bonus for planned unit developments. For the inclusion of one LEED-certified dwelling, one additional dwelling may be added as a density bonus provided that the additional unit is LEED-certified.
City/Town
In effect
Brookhaven Municipal Code, Chapter 85, Article XXI, Section 85-229
Brookhaven, NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Brookhaven City Council adopted a policy offering an increase in floor area ratio to large commercial retailers that earn LEED certification. Projects that earn LEED certification may be granted a 17% floor area ratio increase, projects that earn LEED Silver certification may be granted an 18% floor area ratio increase, projects that earn LEED Gold certification may be granted a 19% floor area ratio increase, and projects that earn LEED Platinum certification may be granted a 20% floor area ratio increase.
City/Town
In effect
Tuckahoe Municipal Code, Part II, Appendix A, Article IV, Section 4-8.5
Tuckahoe Village, NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Village of Tuckahoe enacted a policy that provides commercial construction projects designed to LEED standards eligibility for a density bonus up to 2.0 additional floor area ratio, or a height bonus up to 10 additional feet (depending on the project).
City/Town
In effect
Southampton Local Law 34-2007
Southampton, NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Village of Southampton adopted Local Law 34-2007, providing an increase in max floor area up to 25% for buildings in the Airport Commercial/Industrial Planned Development District that earn LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Ossining Municipal Code, Article IV, Local Law 5-2012
Ossining, NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2012, the Village of Ossining enacted Local Law 5-2012, giving developers the opportunity to apply for a 10% density bonus if a project earns LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
Altamont Municipal Code, Chapter 355, Article IV, Section 355-21
Altamont, NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Village of Altamont adopted a policy offering up to a 20% density bonus to developers that use sustainable building methods for new construction by building, citing, and constructing a building according to LEED guidelines.
City/Town
In effect
Warwick Municipal Code, Chapter 164, Article IV, Section 164-41.1
Warwick, NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2002, the City of Warwick enacted a policy providing a density bonus for residential cluster developments that earn LEED for Homes certification, or a city-approved alternative standard.
City/Town
In effect
Allegheny Township Municipal Code, Article XIIIB, Section 250-107.37
Allegheny, PA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Township of Allegheny adopted the Town Center District Ordinance, granting new construction projects that install a green roof, in accordance with LEED guidelines, a lot cover increase up to 20% of the total green roof area. Projects using porous asphalt or pavers may receive a lot coverage increase of up to 5% of the total surface area of both paved areas and building roofs.
City/Town
In effect
Tredyffrin Municipal Code, Article XVIII, Section 208-71, Ordinance HR 360
Tredyffrin, PA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Township of Tredyffrin adopted Ordinance HR-360, granting new construction projects in the Town Center District a zoning bonus if they achieve LEED Silver certification. Participating residential and mixed-use developments may decrease the maximum lot area per dwelling unit by 1,800 square feet, increase the gross floor area of the building footprint up to 25,000 square feet, or receive a height bonus up to 14 additional square feet.
State
In effect
Reading Municipal Code, Chapter 600, Section 600-918, Ordinance 47-2010
Reading, PA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the City of Reading adopted Ordinance 47-2010, granting buildings that earn LEED certification an additional 300 square feet per 1,000 square feet of the development.
City/Town
Amended
Willistown Municipal Code, Chapter 139, Article XXXI, Sections 139-183 and 139-188, Ordinance 8-2007
Willistown, PA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, Willistown Township adopted Ordinance 8-2007, granting projects located in the Transportation District pursuing LEED Silver certification a floor area ratio bonus not to exceed 0.2 times the maximum gross tract area. The ordinance was amended to increase the gross tract area from 0.2 times to 0.6 times.
State
In effect
Lansdale Municipal Code, Article XXXV, Section 405-3506
Lansdale, PA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2010, the Borough of Lansdale enacted an ordinance granting 20 feet of bonus height to projects that earn LEED Silver certification along with green roofs, alternative energy features, and stormwater management located in the Downtown Business Overlay District.
City/Town
In effect
College Township Municipal Code, Article VI, Section 200-27.2, Ordinance O-09-01
College Township, PA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, College Township adopted Ordinance O-09-01, granting medical facilities pursuing LEED certification a reduction in the town's open space requirement. The requirement to devote a minimum of 50% of the project gross area to open space will be reduced by the square footage of the LEED-certified building.
City/Town
Repealed
Lower Moreland Municipal Code, Chapter 208-166, Ordinance 628-166
Lower Moreland, PA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the Township of Lower Moreland adopted Ordinance 628, stating that site layout and dimensional regulations 1,000 square feet of building floor area that achieves LEED certification or an equivalent environmental certification, an additional 300 square feet of building coverage shall be allowed above the maximum. Where the applicant proposes to qualify for the building coverage bonus using a green building rating system other than LEED, the applicant shall demonstrate that the applicant's green building ranking is commensurate with the certification or higher level awarded under LEED.
City/Town
In effect
Pittsburgh Sustainable Development Bonuses, Pittsburgh Municipal Code, Chapter 915.06E
Pittsburgh, PA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Pittsburgh City Council enacted a policy granting a density bonus of an additional 20% Floor Area Ratio and an additional variance of 20% of the permitted height for all projects that earn LEED for New Construction or LEED for Core and Shell certifications. The density bonus is available in all non-residential zoning districts.
City/Town
Repealed
Ordinance BL2009-586
Nashville, TN
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2010, the Metro Government of Nashville adopted Ordinance BL2009-586, granting height bonuses to buildings that earn LEED Silver certification, and for neighborhoods that earn LEED Silver for Neighborhood Development. The bonus depends on sub-district and building type.
City/Town
Repealed
Ordinance 2007-13
Germantown, TN
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Board of Aldermen and the Mayor of Germantown adopted Ordinance 2007-13, requiring all new municipal construction to earn LEED certification. The policy applies to municipal buildings with at least 60% of occupied space. The policy additionally provides a density bonus of one additional story for private construction in Smart Growth Zones T4, T5 and T6 with proof of LEED certification. The policy has since been repealed.
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.
City/Town
Repealed
Burlington Zoning Code, Section 4.4.1
Burlington, VT
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the City of Burlington enacted a policy stipulating that developments built to a minimum of LEED Silver certification may be eligible for additional building height and corresponding floor area ratio. The incentive has been repealed.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 2005-21
Bellingham, WA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2005, the Bellingham City Council adopted Resolution 2005-21, requiring all new municipal buildings and renovations over 5,000 square feet where the City provides a majority of the funding to earn LEED Silver certification. The City also provides a 0.5 Floor Area Ratio bonus for non-governmental projects that earn LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
Wenatchee Municipal Code, Chapter 10.42
Wenatchee, WA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the City of Wenatchee enacted Chapter 10.42, allowing planned affordable housing developments that follow LEED standards and that provide good indoor air quality, conserve energy and water, reduce waste generation, and use materials that are less detrimental to the environment eligibility for a 10% density bonus.
City/Town
In effect
Seattle Municipal Code, Title 23, Chapter 23.49, Ordinance 122054
Seattle, WA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2006, the Mayor of Seattle enacted Ordinance 122054, which grants a height or density bonus to commercial or residential projects that earn LEED Silver certification and contribute to affordable housing.
City/Town
In effect
Redmond Green Building and Green Infrastructure Incentive Program, Ordinance 2447
Redmond, WA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Redmond City Council enacted Ordinance 2447, establishing the Green Building and Green Infrastructure Incentive Program. Residential projects incorporating green building strategies are allocated points for each sustainability feature included. The number of points awarded corresponds to available incentives, which include expedited permitting, city recognition, lot size reduction, and density bonuses. LEED-certified projects are eligible for the incentives.
City/Town
Repealed
Ordinance 09-032
Spokane Valley, WA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City of Spokane Valley adopted Ordinance 09-032, granting affordable housing developments seeking LEED certification to increase their underlying base density by 10%.
City/Town
In effect
Newcastle Municipal Code, Chapter 18.36
Newcastle, WA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In the City of Newcastle, projects located within a community business center overlay zone that provide a public benefit are eligible for a density bonus. Projects that achieve LEED certification may increase FAR by 0.4, LEED Silver projects may increase FAR by 0.6, LEED Gold projects may increase FAR by 0.8, and LEED Platinum projects may increase FAR by 1.0. Developments determined by the director to meet LEED standards but not are formally certified may increase FAR by up to 50%.