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City/Town
In effect
A Resolution Supporting A Sustainable Buildings Policy For Buildings Owned And Occupied By The Borough, Resolution 07-137
Matanuska-Susitna Borough, AK
Requirement, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly adopted Resolution 2007-137, requiring all new construction and additions of 10,000 square feet or greater to earn LEED Silver certification, targeting LEED Gold or Platinum as feasible. Projects of smaller size are encouraged to incorporate LEED to the greatest extent practicable, further encouraging the use of LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance as a guide for sustainable operation of borough buildings.
City/Town
In effect
A Resolution Establishing an Energy Efficient Building Policy for the City of Fayetteville, Resolution 176-07
Fayetteville, AR
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Fayetteville City Council adopted Resolution 176-07, requiring that all new city-owned facilities greater than 5,000 square feet earn LEED Silver certification. The resolution also requires new construction exempt from the policy to submit a LEED checklist with a permit application, with an emphasis on pursuing energy and water efficiency credits.
State
In effect
Arkansas Energy and Natural Resources Conservation Act, HB 2445
AR
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2005, the Governor of Arkansas enacted HB 2445, encouraging all state agencies to use green design strategies, including LEED. The bill also creates a Legislative Task Force on Sustainable Building Design and Practices, which is required to advise on issues related to sustainable building design.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 2014-09
Flagstaff, AZ
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2014, the City of Flagstaff adopted Resolution 2014-09, requiring all City-owned new construction and major renovations, including additions over 10,000 square feet, to earn LEED Silver certification, or a city-approved alternative standard. To incentivize LEED in private construction, the city maintains a preference for third-party certified spaces when entering into building leases.
State
In effect
Arizona HB 2009
AZ
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2013, the State of Arizona enacted HB 2009, granting tax relief to data centers that move into substantially vacant buildings and certify to LEED or an equivalent standard.
City/Town
In effect
City of Chandler Green Building Program, Resolution 4199
Chandler, AZ
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Chandler City Council adopted Resolution #4199, requiring that all new municipal buildings larger than 5,000 square feet earn LEED Silver certification. The resolution also requires renovations of municipal buildings exceeding 5,000 square feet follow LEED guidelines. Moreover, private projects that register with the intent to earn LEED Silver certification are granted expedited plan review and certification fee reimbursements. LEED and LEED Silver-certified projects are eligible for a 50% fee reimbursement, and LEED Gold and LEED Platinum-certified projects are eligible for a 100% fee reimbursement. The City notes certified projects on the Chandler Green Building Program Participant list and through signage.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 669-07
Queen Creek, AZ
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, Queen Creek Town Council approved Resolution 669-07, requiring all public buildings exceeding 5,000 square feet to earn LEED certification. The resolution also encourages private developers to build to LEED.
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.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 20322
Tucson, AZ
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2006, the City of Tucson passed Resolution 20322, requiring construction or major additions and renovations of municipal buildings larger than 5,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. The Resolution encourages projects to achieve a higher certification level when resources and conditions permit.
City/Town
In effect
City of Phoenix Building Standards
Phoenix, AZ
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2005, Phoenix City Council updated its Building Standards and Review Process, adding a requirement that all new municipal buildings built with 2006 bond funds earn LEED certification. In 2006, the Building Standards were revised to include additional efficiency measures, including supplemental requirements to LEED certification and requiring a LEED AP to be included on the design team.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 6644
Scottsdale, AZ
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2005, the Scottsdale City Council adopted Resolution #6644, requiring all new city buildings to achieve LEED Gold certification, and to strive for the highest level of certification whenever project resources and conditions permit. The resolution also requires renovations and non-occupied city buildings to be designed and built to include as many principles of LEED as feasible.
State
In effect
Implementing Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in New State Buildings, Executive Order 2005-05
AZ
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2005, the Governor of Arizona issued Executive Order #2005-05, requiring all state-funded buildings to achieve LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
Mesa Municipal Code, Title 11, Article 3, Chapter 21
Mesa, AZ
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
Projects seeking a permit in Mesa's Bonus Intensity Zone (BIZ) Overlay District must comply with a combination of criteria, including by earning LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
West Hollywood Municipal Code, Title 15, Ordinance 19-1072
West Hollywood, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2019, the City of West Hollywood passed Ordinance 19-1071, requiring new public buildings or major renovations to buildings 10,000 square feet or larger - or public building tenant improvement and major renovations 10,000 square feet or larger - to earn LEED Gold certification. The ordinance also encourages buildings receiving city funding to earn LEED Gold certification.
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
In effect
Ordinance 16-0032
Manhattan Beach, CA
Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2016, the City of Manhattan Beach enacted Ordinance 16-0032, establishing LEED as the city's green building standard. The Ordinance requires all applicable projects to certify to LEED Silver. Applicable city buildings must meet, at a minimum, LEED Gold.
City/Town
In effect
Milpitas Green Building Ordinance, Ordinance 65.142
Milpitas, CA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2013, City of Milpitas adopted a Green Building Ordinance, requiring new City construction or renovations in buildings exceeding 25,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. The ordinance also requires new residential construction with five or more units to earn LEED for Homes certification, and non-residential construction projects between 25,000-50,000 square feet to earn LEED certification, and non-residential construction or renovations larger than 50,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. Residential and non-residential buildings are granted priority plan review to incentivize exceeding the requirements.
State
In effect
California Green Buildings Action Plan, Executive Order B-18-12
CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
On April 25, 2012, the Governor of California issued Executive Order B-18-12, creating the Green Building Action Plan, which requires all new and majorly renovated State buildings larger than 10,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. The EO also stipulates that all existing State buildings larger than 50,000 square feet are required to earn LEED for Existing Buildings certification.
State
In effect
Jobs and Economic Improvement Through
Environmental Leadership Act of 2011, Chapter 354
CA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2011, the Governor of California enacted AB 354, authorizing the Governor to designate a project that is certified LEED Silver or higher, that has a 10% greater standard for transportation efficiency than for comparable projects and is located on an infill site as a leadership project for streamlining through the Environmental Impact Report pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act.
City/Town
In effect
Fremont Sustainable Building and Landscaping Policy
Fremont, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2010, the City of Fremont adopted the Sustainable Building and Landscaping Policy, requiring all new City buildings exceeding 10,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification.
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
Resolution 1048
Belmont, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2010, the City of Belmont adopted Resolution 1048, requiring commercial projects larger than 10,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
Morgan Hill Municipal Code, Chapter 15.65, Ordinance 1966
Morgan Hill, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the City of Morgan Hill adopted Ordinance 1966, requiring new single family or multi-family developments less than 2,000 square feet per unit must at minimum achieve 70 Build It Green (BIG) points or earn LEED certification. Projects exceeding 2,000 square feet per unit must earn LEED Silver certification or 70 BIG points. Commercial construction and renovations greater than 1,000 square feet must achieve 16 LEED points. Projects over 5,000 square feet are required to earn LEED Silver certification. Commercial renovations and tenant improvements valued at $350,000 or greater must achieve 10 LEED points. Projects greater than or equal to $500,000 permit valuation must earn LEED certification. Commercial projects valued greater than $1,500,000 must earn LEED Silver certification. For mixed use developments, the residential potion of the building must comply with minimum residential standards; whereas the commercial portion must satisfy certain LEED requirements, including recycling programs, low VOC and recycled materials, bicycle storage, and changing rooms with shower facilities.
City/Town
In effect
Green Building Regulations for Private Development, San Jose Municipal Code, Title 17, Chapter 17.84
San Jose, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the San Jose City Council adopted an ordinance establishing green building regulations for private development, including requirements for new commercial and residential projects. The policy requires new commercial or industrial buildings 25,000 square feet or greater to earn LEED Silver certification. New commercial and industrial buildings under 25,000 square feet and new residential buildings with fewer than 10 units are required to complete and submit a LEED checklist. New residential construction of 10 or more units must be LEED Certified or GreenPoint Rated. New residential construction over 75 feet must earn LEED certification. Moreover, covered projects must pay a Green Building Refundable Deposit prior to being issued a building permit to ensure that green building requirements are honored.
City/Town
In effect
Chino Hills Municipal Code, Title 16, Chapter 16.09, Ordinance 226
Chino Hills, CA
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City Council of Chino Hills adopted Ordinance 226, which encourages LEED standards.
City/Town
In effect
Milpitas Green Building Ordinance, Ordinance 65.138
Milpitas, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City of Milpitas adopted Ordinance 65.138 establishing green building requirements for residential, commercial, and public buildings. All residential new construction projects greater than five units and all commercial construction or renovations over 500 square feet are required to submit a LEED or Build It Green checklist. New commercial construction and renovation projects between 25,000 and 49,999 square feet must be LEED certifiable and verified by a City Compliance Official. Commercial new construction or renovations greater than 50,000 square feet are required to achieve LEED Silver certification. New construction and renovations of municipal buildings over 25,000 square feet are also required to obtain LEED Silver certification. Building projects exceeding these minimum thresholds are eligible for priority plan review, including residential projects earning 75 Green Points or equivalent in LEED or commercial developments achieving LEED Gold certification or above.
City/Town
In effect
Morro Bay Green Building Incentive Program, Resolution 24-09
Morro Bay, CA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Morro Bay City Council approved Resolution 24-09, establishing a Green Building Incentive Program for residential and commercial new construction projects and major renovations. Single-family dwellings and multi-family dwellings under three stories are eligible for building and plan check fee rebates if they earn LEED for Homes certification. Multi-family dwellings four stories or greater and all new commercial construction projects must earn LEED certification to receive fee rebates. New construction of commercial interiors and tenant improvement projects must attain certification under the LEED for Commercial Interiors rating system in order to receive fee rebates. Commercial new construction and commercial interiors projects receive a greater fee rebate for each level of LEED certification attained. The program also includes incentives for greywater, renewable energy, and green roof systems.
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.
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.
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
Culver City Municipal Code, Title 15, Ordinance 15.02.1100
Culver City, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, Culver City adopted Ordinance 15.02.1100, requiring all new construction and major renovations projects 50,000 square feet or larger to submit a LEED checklist, including intended points allocated toward "Innovation and Design" credits, demonstrating that the project meets LEED certification standards or higher. A LEED AP is also required on the design and construction team. Projects under 50,000 square feet must comply with 80% of the listed green building requirements including 25 sustainability goals and practices. One- or two-family residences are exempt from the requirements.
City/Town
In effect
Rancho Palos Verdes Voluntary Green Building Program, Ordinance 481
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Rancho Palos Verdes City Council adopted Ordinance 481, amending Rancho Palos Verdes' Voluntary Green Building Program. The Ordinance stipulates that commercial, institutional, and mixed-use projects participating in the program must earn LEED certification. Projects will receive expedited application review, expedited building and safety plan check, and a 50% rebate on all plan permit, plan check and building permit application fees.
City/Town
In effect
Los Altos Hills Municipal Code, Title 8, Chapter 4, Section 8-4.05
Los Altos Hills, CA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Los Altos Hill Town Council adopted a policy requiring all new municipal building exceeding 1,000 square feet to earn LEED certification. The policy also requires new residential projects and major additions to earn LEED for Homes certification, or a town-approved alternative certification. Residential projects that earn LEED Silver certification may qualify for expedited building plan review. Residential projects that earn LEED Gold certification qualify for guaranteed building inspections within two working days of a request for inspection. Residential projects that earn LEED Platinum shall receive a customized plaque recognizing the achievement.
City/Town
In effect
Rolling Hills Estates Municipal Code, Chapter 17.37.020, Ordinance 646
Rolling Hills Estates, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the City of Rolling Hills Estates adopted Ordinance 646, requiring mixed-use development applicants located in certain commercial zones to demonstrate commitment to sustainability by submitting written intent to earn LEED certification. Applicants are also required to assist the city in meeting requirements of its regional housing needs assessment, especially with regard to affordable housing.
City/Town
In effect
San Leandro Municipal Code, Title 3, Chapter 3-19, Ordinance 2008-007
San Leandro, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the City of San Leandro adopted Ordinance 2008-007, requiring that all new city-owned or -occupied construction or renovations over $3 million earn LEED Silver certification. All other City facilities projects valued at less than $3 million are required to implement as many LEED credits as practicable. Private developers are required to complete and submit a Green Building Checklist as part of a project's permit application for any new construction, residential additions over 500 square feet, or commercial or industrial projects valued at over $100,000.
City/Town
In effect
Los Angeles Private Sector Green Building Plan, Ordinance 179820
Los Angeles, CA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the City Council of Los Angeles adopted the Private Sector Green Building Plan, requiring all private projects 50,000 square feet or larger to earn LEED certification. The policy offers expedited plan review and permitting for all projects seeking LEED Silver certification, as verified by LEED AP city officials. The legislation further commits City resources to reviewing and improving City codes and removing obstacles to green building. The ordinance also directed the City to continue to work with the Department of Water & Power to offer financial incentives for green building, encouraged certain city staff be trained as LEED APs, and established the Mayor's Annual Award of Excellence in Sustainable Design & Construction.
City/Town
In effect
San Juan Capistrano Green Building Program
San Juan Capistrano, CA
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the San Juan Capistrano City Council created a voluntary green building program encouraging sustainable design and construction practices through a points-based, checklist system for commercial and residential buildings. To be designated as a green building, a project must achieve at least 50 points. LEED certification is an acceptable form of compliance.
City/Town
In effect
Brisbane Municipal Code, Chapter 15.80, Ordinance 524-2007
Brisbane, CA
Requirement, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Brisbane City Council adopted Ordinance 524, requiring that all new municipal buildings larger than 5,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. All new commercial construction and renovations larger than 10,000 square feet must meet LEED Silver standards on a Green Building Project Checklist. Though applicants are encouraged to register their projects with GBCI, certification is not required. Commercial projects smaller than 10,000 square feet are encouraged to follow LEED guidelines.
City/Town
In effect
Cupertino Green Building Ordinance, Ordinance CP2007-01
Cupertino, CA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Cupertino City Council adopted a policy requiring all new municipal buildings to earn LEED Silver certification. Homeowners may also receive up to $1,000 in reimbursement for having a LEED AP certify their home. In 2013, the City of Cupertino Green Building Ordinance took effect, requiring small residential and commercial projects to comply with the California Green Building Code (CALGreen). The policy also requires residential projects greater than 9 units and commercial projects larger than 25,000 square feet to earn LEED certification or a city-approved alternative standard.
City/Town
In effect
Richmond Municipal Code, Article VI, Chapter 6.45, Ordinance 34-07
Richmond, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Richmond City Council adopted Ordinance 34-07, requiring all municipal buildings larger than 5,000 square feet and buildings funded with a least $300,000 in municipal funds to pursue green building practices. Projects in excess of $3 million are required to earn certification. All covered commercial projects are required to earn LEED Silver certification. The ordinance also commits the city to promoting the adoption of green building practices to private developers through resources and incentives.
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
Redlands Municipal Code, Title 19, Chapter 19.12, Ordinance 2672
Redlands, CA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Redlands City Council adopted Ordinance 2672, providing development allocation points for major residential projects that achieve green standards. Projects may earn 2 points for achieving LEED, 3 points for LEED Silver certification, 5 points for LEED Gold certification and 6 points for LEED Platinum certification.
City/Town
In effect
Ordinance 07-762
West Hollywood, CA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the City Council of West Hollywood enacted Ordinance 07-762, requiring residential and commercial projects to meet minimum energy conservation and renewable energy requirements. Applicable projects must earn a minimum number of points from the locally-developed West Hollywood Green Points program. Projects that earn LEED certification are exempt from the program's requirements.
City/Town
In effect
City of Albany Green Building Standards of Compliance & Checklists
Albany, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2007, the City of Albany adopted the Green Building Standards of Compliance & Checklists, requiring the construction and major renovations of city-sponsored projects and commercial projects over 5,000 square feet to earn LEED Gold certification. Buildings smaller than 5,000 square feet are required to achieve maximum points practicable and submit a checklist.
City/Town
In effect
Green Building and Construction and Demolition Recycling Ordinance, Chapter 15.44
Newark, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Newark City Council adopted the Green Building and Construction and Demolition Recycling Ordinance, requiring all public building projects larger than 5,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification, or a city-approved equivalent.
City/Town
In effect
La Mesa Sustainable Building Policy
La Mesa, CA
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2006, the La Mesa City Council passed the Sustainable Building Policy, encouraging all new public construction and major renovation projects to meet a minimum of LEED Silver certification and exceed current State of California Title 24 Energy Code requirements. Design and project management teams are encouraged to meet higher LEED rating levels. The City also provides education on green building practices to private developers and officially recognizes projects that incorporate the goals of LEED.
City/Town
In effect
San Francisco Municipal Code, Chapter 7, Section 705, Ordinance 88-04
San Francisco, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2004, the Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco adopted Ordinance 88-04, requiring all municipal new construction and major renovation projects exceeding 5,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. The ordinance was amended in 2011 to require public buildings to earn LEED Gold certification, prioritizing credits in stormwater management, indoor water use reduction, energy performance, renewable energy, commissioning, enhanced refrigerant management, construction debris management, IAQ management, low-emitting materials and indoor chemical, and pollutant source control. The policy also requires that a LEED AP be included on each design team.
City/Town
In effect
Dublin Municipal Code, Chapter 5.61, Ordinance 9-04
Dublin, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2004, the Dublin City Council approved Ordinance 9-04, requiring all municipal projects with an estimated construction cost of $3 million or greater to earn LEED Silver certification. Smaller projects are required to incorporate as many green building principles as deemed possible by the Green Building Compliance Official.
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.
City/Town
In effect
Pleasanton Municipal Code, Chapter 17.50, Ordinance 1873
Pleasanton, CA
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2002, the Pleasanton City Council adopted Ordinance 1873, encouraging all public and commercial construction projects larger than 20,000 square feet to follow LEED standards. Certification is not required.
City/Town
In effect
El Monte Municipal Code, Title 8, Chapter 8.20.261, Ordinance 2701
El Monte, CA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the City of El Monte adopted Ordinance 2701, establishing a requirement for construction and demolition (C&D) waste collection, removal, disposal and diversion. All projects requiring a demolition permit, building permit, encroachment permit and/or grading permit must divert 50% of the weight of its C&D materials from entering a landfill. Projects failing to comply with the requirement will have their performance security withheld proportionate to the shortcoming of the diversion requirement. The partial performance security refund to non-compliant projects may be increased if the project achieves LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
El Cerrito Municipal Code, Chapter 19.23
El Cerrito, CA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the City of El Cerrito adopted an incentive program for construction projects, codified in Chapter 19.23 of the Zoning Code. Projects that achieve 50 points out 174 possible points may receive modifications to certain development standards and zoning requirements. LEED certified projects may earn up to 20 points towards the incentives.
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.
City/Town
In effect
Denver Office of Sustainability and Citywide Sustainability Policy, Executive Order 123
Denver, CO
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2013, the Mayor of Denver issued Executive Order 123, requiring new municipal building construction to earn LEED Gold certification, with a goal of achieving LEED Platinum where economically feasible. The EO also requires all existing and future municipal facilities to be maintained and operated using LEED for Existing Buildings principles. The EO also requires project teams to use LEED for guidance in construction and demolition waste recycling and use of recycled materials.
City/Town
In effect
Thornton Municipal Code, Article V, Division 2, Ordinance 3165
Thornton, CO
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level:
In 2011, the Thornton City Council adopted Ordinance 3165, encouraging sustainable practices through all phases of site planning and building design. The ordinance encourages commercial developments to consider practices that align with LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 1937
Golden, CO
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Golden City Council adopted Resolution 1937, requiring all new municipal buildings exceeding 5,000 square feet to achieve LEED Silver 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.
City/Town
In effect
Longmont Municipal Code, Title 4, Chapter 4.72, Section 4.72.030
Longmont, CO
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Longmont City Council adopted a policy allowing new or expanding businesses to apply for a fee and tax rebate up to 30% of each fee if the business exceeds the City's energy code or pursues LEED certification. Applicable fees include grading permit fees, electrical permit fees, mechanical permit fees, plumbing permit fees, water meter installation fee, city sales tax, and transportation community investment fee.
City/Town
In effect
Aurora Municipal Code, Section 146-923, Ordinance 2008-09
Aurora, CO
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the City of Aurora adopted Ordinance 2008-09, which requires standards for Sustainable Use Neighborhoods, including green building certification for the entire development in accordance with LEED, LEED for Homes, Build It Green, or Energy Star rating systems.
City/Town
In effect
Boulder Green Building and Green Points Program, Ordinance 7565
Boulder, CO
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Boulder City Council adopted Ordinance 7565, establishing the Boulder Residential Green Points Program and setting the Green Point requirements for new single-unit and multi-unit residential construction and renovation. Projects that earn LEED Silver certification are exempt from the Green Points requirement.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 2007-49
Aurora, CO
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2007, the City of Aurora adopted Resolution R2007-49, requiring new city facilities to achieve LEED Gold certification. Structures intended for seasonal use are exempt from the requirement.
State
In effect
Colorado SB 51
CO
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Governor of Colorado enacted Senate Bill 51, requiring any new or renovated building whose total project cost includes 25% or more in state funds be designed and built to a high-performance green building standard, including LEED. The project must achieve the highest level performance certification possible, which is determined by calculating whether the increased initial costs can be recouped from decreased operational costs within 15 years.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 2006-096
Fort Collins, CO
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2006, the Fort Collins City Council adopted Resolution 2006-096, requiring that all new municipal buildings over 5,000 square feet earn LEED Gold certification or higher. The resolution further stipulates that existing municipal buildings should use LEED for Existing Buildings as a guide for operations and maintenance.
State
In effect
Executive Order D005-05
CO
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2005, the Governor of Colorado signed Executive Order D005, requiring that all state buildings earn LEED for Existing Buildings and incorporate LEED practices in all new construction.
State
In effect
Connecticut Public Act 13-308
CT
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2013, the State of Connecticut adopted Public Act 13-308, granting development fee reductions or waivers to projects that achieve LEED Gold on brownfield sites. Fee waivers will be awarded for projects moving into distressed communities.
State
In effect
Connecticut Public Act 11-57
CT
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2011, the State of Connecticut adopted Public Act 11-57, authorizing proceeds from state issued bonds to be used by Connecticut's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection for the purpose of funding the net project costs, or the balance of any projects after applying any public or private financial incentives available, for any renewable energy or combined heat and power projects in state buildings. The funds shall be made available through the Renewable Energy Investment Fund, established pursuant to section 16-245n. To be eligible, state buildings must be LEED-certified or receive a comparable certification.
City/Town
In effect
Stamford Sustainable Development Standards, Ordinance 1071
Stamford, CT
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Stamford Board of Representatives adopted Ordinance 1071, requiring all city-owned buildings over 5,000 square feet and buildings where the City leases at least 50% of total space to earn the LEED Silver certification or higher.
State
In effect
Connecticut Public Act 07-242
Hartford, CT
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Governor of Connecticut enacted HB 7432, requiring the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management to adopt regulations for new or renovated commercial buildings consistent with LEED Silver, or an equivalent standard. The regulations apply to the following types of projects, provided that they receive $2 million or more in state funding: a) new state facility construction valued at $5 million or more approved and funded on or after January 1, 2008; b) state facility renovations of $2 million or more approved and funded on or after January 1, 2008; c) new public school construction valued at $5 million or more authorized on or after January 1, 2009; and d) public school renovations valued at $2 million or more authorized on or after January 1, 2009. The law also requires the State Building Inspector and the Codes and Standards Committee to revise the State Building Code to meet or exceed LEED Silver for all private buildings constructed after January 1, 2009 of $5 million or more and for all renovations beginning after January 1, 2010 of $2 million or more. residential buildings with less than four units are exempt from the code requirements, as well as buildings where costs may outweigh benefits. HB 7432 further authorized $30 million in state bonds, the sale proceeds of which are to be allocated to fund on-site renewable energy projects in state buildings pursuing LEED certification.
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
A policy regarding the use of LEED Building Standards for Mansfield Buildings
Mansfield, CT
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2004, the Mansfield Town Council adopted a policy requiring that all municipal buildings are built using the most recent version of the LEED checklist, to the greatest extent practicable.
State
In effect
Leading by Example Towards a Clean Energy Economy & Sustainable Natural Environment, Executive Order 18
DE
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2010, the Governor of Delaware issued Executive Order 18, which states that all state agencies, departments, and offices shall work with architects and engineers on the design and construction of capital projects to design projects to meet or exceed LEED Silver standards.
City/Town
In effect
Harrington Municipal Code, Chapter 350, Section 350-7
Harrington, DE
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Harrington City Council adopted a policy allowing new development in a wetland protection area to exceed 35% gross impervious cover by 50% in residential districts and by 75% in commercial districts, if all stormwater is treated to remove contaminants, directed into underground recharge systems or groundwater recharge areas, or the project attains LEED certification, and an environmental impact report is provided.
City/Town
In effect
Dover Municipal Code, Part II, Appendix B, Article 3, Section 27.2
Dover, DE
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, the Dover City Council adopted a policy stating that LEED certification may be used to satisfy the requirements for corridor overlay zones as it contributes to a superior urban development and higher quality of the built environment.
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.
State
In effect
Florida Chapter 2013-193
FL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2013, the State of Florida enacted Chapter 2013-193, requiring each state agency to use a sustainable building rating system, such as LEED, or national model green building code for new buildings and renovation to existing buildings.
City/Town
In effect
St. Pete Beach Municipal Code, Section 98-5, Ordinance 2011-07
St. Pete Beach, FL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2011, the St. Pete Beach City Council adopted Ordinance 2011-07, requiring all newly constructed municipal buildings to be designed and built to achieve either LEED Silver certification or the Florida Green Building Council Commercial Building Designation Standard. When project resources and conditions permit, the ordinance stipulates that the city shall strive to achieve either LEED Gold or Platinum 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
In effect
Lauderhill Municipal Code, Schedule P, Section 2.6
Lauderhill, FL
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the Lauderhill City Council adopted an ordinance encouraging all new developments, redevelopments and substantial building improvements to earn LEED certification. The ordinance also encourages public projects to strive to earn LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
Royal Palm Beach Municipal Code, Chapter 26, Article III, Section 26-32, Ordinance 826
Royal Palm Beach, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City of Royal Palm Beach adopted Ordinance 826, allowing buildings that have earned LEED certification to qualify for expedited permitting. The applicant must provide a letter from USGBC stating that the applicant has submitted the design phase application. The project's anticipated credit achievement must also be included in the application.
City/Town
In effect
Palm Coast Green Development Program, Palm Coast Municipal Code, Chapter 15, Article II, Section 15-31-41
Palm Coast, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Palm Coast City Council adopted Ordinance 09-22, creating a minimum reduction of project costs for new residential construction and residential retrofitting/remodeling and new and retrofitted commercial buildings that earn LEED certification or a city-approved alternative certification. Certified projects are also granted priority planning services and site plan review compared to non-certified projects.
City/Town
In effect
Hollywood Municipal Code, Title XV, Chapter 15, Ordinance-151.010
Hollywood, FL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the City of Hollywood adopted Ordinance O-2009-32, requiring all new construction and major renovations of City buildings earn LEED Silver certification, or another city-approved equivalent. The ordinance also requires that the City employs a LEED AP on staff.
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
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
Riviera Beach Municipal Code, Chapter 31, Article VI, Section 31-556, Ordinance 3072
Riviera Beach, FL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the City of Riviera Beach adopted Ordinance 3072, setting standards for recycling and scrap-metal processing centers. All new construction or renovation of recycling or scrap metal processing offices or administrative buildings must obtain LEED Silver certification to be issued a certificate of occupancy.
City/Town
In effect
Pensacola Municipal Code, Title XII, Chapter 12-6, Ordinance 16-10
Pensacola, FL
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Pensacola City Council adopted Ordinance 16-10, authorizing the mayor to reduce the irrigation percentage for a site and may also reduce mitigation payment into the Tree Planting Trust Fund when Best Management Practices have been demonstrated to be employed on the land. Best Management Practices include LEED.
City/Town
In effect
Coral Springs Municipal Code, Chapter 25, Article VI, Division 3, Ordinance 2009-106
Coral Springs, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Coral Springs City Council adopted Ordinance 2009-106, allowing projects pursuing LEED Silver certification to receive reduced setback and landscaping standards.
City/Town
In effect
Port Orange Green Building Program, Ordinance 2009-12
Port Orange, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Port Orange City Council adopted Ordinance 2009-12, creating incentives for new construction and renovation projects. New residential and commercial construction projects that obtain certification under the Florida Green Building Coalition's Standard, LEED for Homes, or Green Globes rating systems will be eligible for expedited permitting, additional sign allowances, marketing privileges and a City of Port Orange Green Building Award. Residential and commercial renovations that obtain LEED for Existing Buildings certification are also eligible for incentives.
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
Wellington Targeted Expedited Permitting Program, Ordinance 2009-12
Wellington, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Village of Wellington passed Ordinance 2009-12, establishing a targeted expedited permitting program (TEPP), which is intended to provide qualifying projects with an efficient and accelerated process to resolve issues in a timely manner with a Village representative without sacrificing any requirements established in this chapter. The TEPP program is available to qualifying companies that are expanding operations, relocating or establishing a new business within the Village so that value-added employment may be created at a faster pace. The TEPP program is also available to any building obtaining LEED Silver certification or higher rating. The TEPP program is intended to expedite all phases of planning, zoning, building engineering and utilities permitting process.
City/Town
In effect
Boynton Beach Municipal Code, Chapter 1, Article 4, Ordinance 09-024
Boynton Beach, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City Commission of Boynton Beach adopted Ordinance 09-024, establishing expedited permitting and review for residential and commercial buildings pursuing LEED certification or other city-approved building certfications.
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.
City/Town
In effect
Dunnellon Municipal Code, Subpart B, Appendix A, Article IX
Dunnellon, FL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Dunnellon City Council adopted Ordinance 2009-14, establishing sustainable building and design standards for new construction. Commercial buildings larger than 80,000 square feet are required to earn LEED certification. Proof of LEED registration must be provided with the building application prior to review. Certification must be obtained before issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy, though a temporary certificate may be issued for up to 18 months during the certification process.
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
Deltona Municipal Code, Chapter 18, Article III, Ordinance 42-2008
Deltona, FL
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Deltona City Council adopted Ordinance 42-2008, requiring all new and remodeled residential buildings to follow the guidelines of LEED for Homes or a city-approved equivalent. The policy also requires all new and renovated municipal and institutional buildings to follow LEED guidelines, or a city-approved equivalent certification. Projects that register intent to complete certification are eligible for expedited permitting and reduced permitting fees.
City/Town
In effect
Surfside Municipal Code, Chapter 90, Article IX
Surfside, FL
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Town of Surfside adopted a policy encouraging LEED certification.
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.
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.
City/Town
In effect
Jacksonville Sustainability Policy, Executive Order 2008-03
Jacksonville, FL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Mayor of Jacksonville issued Executive Order 2008-03, establishing the City of Jacksonville Sustainability Policy. The Sustainability Policy includes a requirement that all new municipal building construction and major renovations earn LEED certification, and requires all existing and future public buildings to be maintained and operated according to the LEED for Existing Buildings checklist.
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.
City/Town
In effect
Tampa Sustainability Ordinance, Ordinance 2008-112
Tampa, FL
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Tampa City Council adopted the City of Tampa Sustainability Ordinance (Ordinance 2008-112), requiring that all new municipal buildings exceeding 5,000 square feet of air-conditioned space to earn LEED Silver certification, and for major renovations of municipal buildings to follow LEED guidelines. The ordinance also offers developers of commercial and multi-family residential buildings a 20-80% rebate on building permit fees, depending on the level of LEED certification earned.
State
In effect
Florida HB 7135
FL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Governor of Florida enacted HB 7135, requiring all new construction and renovation of state-owned and state-funded buildings (including counties, municipalities, schools, water management districts, public universities, community colleges, and state courts) to follow LEED guidelines, or guidelines from state-approved alternative green building rating system.
City/Town
In effect
St. Pete Beach Municipal Code, Division 39, Section 39.9, Ordinance 2008-12
St. Pete Beach, FL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the St. Pete Beach City Council adopted Ordinance 2008-12, requiring all new development and redevelopment projects in the Community Redevelopment District to obtain certification from at least two of eight listed green building standards, including LEED for New Construction, LEED for Hotels and Lodging, LEED for Existing Buildings, and LEED for Commercial Interiors. The City Council also created a citizen-staffed Green Task Force responsible for maximizing green building design and ensuring construction and development is consistent with LEED certification standards.
City/Town
In effect
Lighthouse Municipal Code, Division 4, Sec. 42-361.1, Ordinance 2008-0875
Lighthouse Point, FL
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Lighthouse Point City Commission adopted Ordinance 2008-0875, encouraging townhouse developments to incorporate sustainable design practices and to pursue LEED certification.
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
St. Petersburg Green City Initiative, Executive Order 08-01
St. Petersburg, FL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Mayor of St. Petersburg issued Executive Order 08-01, requiring all new city-owned and occupied buildings to adhere to LEED standards. All redevelopment projects exceeding 10,000 square feet must follow guidelines for LEED for Existing Buildings.
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
Coconut Creek Municipal Code, Section 13-320, Ordinance 2007-040
Coconut Creek, FL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Coconut Creek City Commission adopted Ordinance 2007-040, creating green construction standards for all new developments and renovations. All applicants for new development or redevelopment projects are required to retain a LEED AP on their planning and design team and follow certain sustainable design principles. Projects earning LEED certification or another city-approved equivalent are exempt from the requirements.
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.
City/Town
In effect
Coral Springs Municipal Code, Chapter 25, Article 25, Section 2501023, Ordinance 2007-115
Coral Springs, FL
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the City of Coral Springs enacted Ordinance 2007-115, encouraging renovated and redeveloped structures to achieve LEED certification. The ordinance requires construction projects to submit a LEED checklist with site plan documents.
State
In effect
Establishing Climate Change Leadership by Example, Executive Order 07-126
FL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Governor of Florida issued Executive Order #07-126, requiring LEED certification for any new building constructed for or by the State. New construction projects must strive for Platinum certification. The EO also requires the Department of Management Services to implement LEED for Existing Buildings across all buildings owned and operated by the department on behalf of client agencies.
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.
City/Town
In effect
St. Petersburg Municipal Code, Section 12-1, Ordinance 812-G
St. Petersburg, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the City of St. Petersburg adopted Ordinance 812-G, providing incentives for residential and commercial construction projects incorporating green building techniques. Commercial developments which achieve LEED certification will receive a permit fee refund of $1,000. For commercial developments on vacant land over one acre, buildings which follow LEED standards will receive a permit fee refund of $2,500.
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.
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.
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.
City/Town
In effect
Gainesville Green Building Program, Ordinance 1835
Gainesville, FL
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2002, the Gainesville City Council adopted Ordinance 1835, requiring new municipal civic or office construction to earn LEED certification. The policy also created a voluntary Green Building Program. Non-city owned residential buildings voluntarily participating in the program must follow the requirements of Green Home Designation Standard of the Florida Green Building Council. Additionally, the city provides a fast-track building permit incentive and a 50% reduction in building permit fees for private contractors that build to LEED.
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.
State
In effect
2014 Florida Statute, Chapter 255
FL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
Chapter 255 (Public Property and Publicly Owned Buildings) of the 2014 Florida Statutes requires all buildings constructed and financed by the state and renovations of existing state facilities to be designed to comply with a national model green building code or a nationally recognized high-performance green building rating system such as LEED.
City/Town
In effect
Ordinance 30-22
Delray Beach, FL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2022, the City Commission of Delray Beach enacted an ordinance requiring new construction or major renovations larger than 15,000 square feet to achieve the minimum certification level from a green building certification entity, including 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
Chamblee Municipal Code, Title 2, Chapter 230, Article 1, Section 230-9, Ordinance 682
Chamblee, GA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2015, the City of Chamblee passed Ordinance 682, stipulating that all new commercial, office, industrial, multi-family residential, or senior citizen residences equal or greater than 20,000 square feet submit a LEED checklist (or a checklist from a city-approved alternative standard) with a building permit application.
City/Town
In effect
Decatur High Performance Building Standards
Decatur, GA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2014, the City of Decatur approved new high-performance building standards that require all new residential and commercial buildings to earn a nationally-recognized green building certification, including LEED for Homes. Major commercial renovations are also included. The standard will not be applied to residential improvements until after a pending study has been completed.
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
East Point Municipal Code, Chapter 4, Article A, Section 10-4001
East Point, GA
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City of East Point updated its zoning code to encourage new projects to earn LEED certification.
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.
City/Town
In effect
Covington Municipal Code, Title 16, Chapter 16.2
Covington, GA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the City of Covington enacted a policy requiring building permit applicants with projects exceeding 50,000 square feet to submit a LEED checklist at the time of application.
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.
City/Town
In effect
Honolulu Municipal Code, Chapter 2, Article 9, Ordinance 06-06
Honolulu, Hawaii
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2006, the City and County of Honolulu passed Ordinance 06-06, requiring new city facilities larger than 5,000 square feet to earn or exceed LEED Silver certification.
State
In effect
Iowa Sustainable Design Standards, Rule 661, Chapter 310
IA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Iowa State Legislature enacted a policy providing a tax credit or tax refund for commercial buildings that earn or exceed LEED Gold certification. If a commercial project pursues sustainable design standards for a purpose other than to qualify for a tax credit or refund, the building must earn at least LEED Silver certification. Additionallly, buildings intended to be used as data centers must achieve LEED certification to qualify as a sustainably-designed development.
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.
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.
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.
City/Town
In effect
Ordinance 1096
Ketchum, ID
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2012, the Ketchum City Council approved a new building code for residential construction and major renovations based on the National Green Building Standard - ICC 700-2008. The City accepts LEED Silver certification as an alternative compliance path.
State
In effect
Illinois School Construction Law, Section 5, Public Act 98-0623
IL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2014, the State of Illinois adopted Public Act 98-0623, requiring that school construction projects that apply for a grant on or after July 1, 2009 must earn LEED Silver certification, unless several conditions are met.
State
In effect
Illinois Public Act 97-0616
IL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2011, the State of Illinois enacted Public Act 97-0616, requiring training facility construction or upgrade projects located in a municipality with a population greater than 2 million residents to be designed for the purpose of obtaining LEED certification. The owner of the facility is required to seek project verification.
City/Town
In effect
Carbondale Municipal Code, Title 16, Section 6-4-3
Carbondale, IL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the Carbondale City Council adopted Ordinance 2010-03, providing a fee waiver for any projects that earn LEED certification. The policy also provides LEED projects eligibility to receive a partial or full refund of the water and sewer tap connection fees as follows: LEED Silver projects will be granted a 50% refund; LEED Gold projects will receive a 75% refund; and LEED Platinum projects will have 100% of their water and sewer connection fees refunded.
State
In effect
Illiniois SB 1601, Public Act 96-0630
IL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Governor of Illinois signed SB 1601, enacting Public Act 96-0630. The legislation adds costs related to LEED certification (including construction) as valid redevelopment project costs that can be funded by the Illinois Tax Increment Fund.
State
In effect
Illinois Green Buildings Act
IL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Illinois General Assembly enacted the Green Buildings Act, requiring all new state-funded construction and major renovations less than 10,000 square feet to met the highest LEED certification level, or a state-approved alternative standard. All new state-funded construction and major renovations of or larger than 10,000 square feet must earn LEED Silver certification, or a state-approved alternative standard.
State
In effect
Illinois HB 1013
IL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Governor of Illinois enacted HB 1013, requiring all new state-funded building construction and major renovation of existing state-owned facilities to earn LEED certification, or a state-approved alternative standard. New buildings and major renovations of 10,000 square feet or larger must achieve LEED Silver or an alternative certification. New buildings and major renovations under 10,000 square feet must strive to meet the highest LEED certification level, but are not required to certify the project with GBCI.
City/Town
In effect
Oak Brook Municipal Code, Title 13, Chapter 15, Section 13-15-3, Ordinance G-890
Oak Brook, IL
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Village of Oak Brook passed Ordinance G-890, which encourages planned developments to include a LEED AP in the design process, submit a LEED checklist with the permit application, and obtain LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Ordinance M-6-2009
Winnetka, IL
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Winnetka Village Council adopted Ordinance M-6-2009, directing planned developments at 513-515 Lincoln Avenue and 718-732 Elm Street to be designed to meet LEED Silver standards, or the standards of a village-approved alternative certification.
State
In effect
Illinois House Joint Resolution 10
IL
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009 the Illinois General Assembly adopted House Joint Resolution 10, which states that the passage of a sustainable capital construction plan should be a priority. The resolution also states that any allocations of funding for the construction or renovation of government buildings should require builders to adhere to LEED, or an alternative green building standard.
State
In effect
Illinois Executive Order 09-11
IL
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Governor of Illinois issued Executive Order 09-11, which directs agencies to strive to earn LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance certification.
City/Town
In effect
Collinsville Municipal Code, Title 17, Section 17.040, Ordinance 4230
Collinsville, IL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Collinsville City Council adopted Ordinance 4230, requiring all developments in the Uptown Collinsville District to attain certification from at least one nationally recognized green building program, including LEED.
City/Town
In effect
Ordinance 08-812
Lockport, IL
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Lockport City Council adopted Ordinance 08-812, encouraging planned commercial, office, or industrial developments to earn LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Romeoville Municipal Code, Title XV, Chapter 159, Section 159-158, Ordinance 08-0657
Romeoville, IL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Village of Romeoville enacted a policy granting planned developments located in a business district 30 points for pursuing LEED certification. The points may be used to satisfy specified design and construction requirements.
City/Town
In effect
Northbrook Green Building Initiative, Ordinance 08-24
Northbrook, IL
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Northbrook Village Board of Trustees adopted Ordinance 08-24, requiring all municipal construction to earn LEED certification. The policy also established the Northbrook Green Building Initiative Incentive Program, which provides rewards to projects that seek LEED certification. These projects receive expedited permitting and review and permit fee rebates. Fee rebates are as follows: 10% rebate for LEED Certified projects, 20% for LEED Silver, 30% for LEED Gold, and 40% for LEED Platinum. Projects that achieve certain Sustainable Sites or Water Efficiency credits may receive an additional 1% fee rebate for every credit achieved.
State
In effect
Illinois Public Act 95-0416
IL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Illinois State Senate amended the School Construction Law, directing the Capital Development Board to only issue grants to school projects with LEED for Schools or comparable rating system certification, or to projects that meet the standards set forth by the Capital Development Board's Green Building Advisory Committee.
State
In effect
Illinois Public Act 95-325, Green Neighborhood Grant Act
IL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Governor of Illinois enacted the Green Neighborhood Grant Act, becoming the first state to create incentives for LEED for Neighborhood Development. The law directs the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to fund up to 1.5% of total development costs for up to three applicable neighborhoods per year, funds permitting. Applicable developments must be located in a municipality with a residential population of one million or greater, and are required to earn LEED for Neighborhood Development certification.
City/Town
In effect
Palos Park Municipal Code, Section 1274.05(c)(2)(F), Ordinance 2007-17
Palos Park, IL
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Palos Park City Council adopted Ordinance 2007-17, encouraging new commercial developments in business districts to earn 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.
City/Town
In effect
Normal Municipal Code, Chapter 15, Division 17, Ordinance 4825
Normal, IL
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2002 the Town of Normal enacted Ordinance 4825, requiring public or private construction over 7,500 square feet in the Central Business District earn LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Chicago Green Permit Program
Chicago, IL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the City of Chicago amended its Green Permit Program, increasing incentives for projects pursuing LEED certification. Commercial projects striving for LEED certification qualify for expedited permits. Projects striving to earn higher levels of LEED certification will receive permits within 30 days, and are eligible to receive a partial permit waiver up to $25,000.
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.
City/Town
In effect
Bloomington Municipal Code, Chapter 2.29, Green Building Program, Ordinance 09-04
Bloomington, IN
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Bloomington City Council adopted Ordinance 09-04, requiring all construction and major renovations of occupied municipal buildings to earn LEED Silver certification. The ordinance also requires occupiable municipal existing building to earn LEED Silver for Existing Buildings certification by December 31, 2022. The ordinance stipulates that the city shall strive for LEED Gold or Platinum certifications, where project resources and conditions permit.
State
In effect
Energy Efficient State Building Initiative, Executive Order 08-14
IN
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Governor of Indiana issued Executive Order 08-14, requiring all new state buildings to earn LEED Silver certification, or a state-approved equivalent standard. The EO also requires all renovations of state buildings to follow LEED guidelines, or the guidelines of a state-approved alternative certification.
City/Town
In effect
Greensburg Sustainable Land Development Resolution
Greensburg, KS
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Platinum
In 2007, the Greensburg City Council adopted a resolution requiring new city-owned buildings larger than 4,000 square feet to earn LEED Platinum certification. The resolution further requires that qualifying city buildings earn all 10 points in the Optimize Energy Performance credit.
State
In effect
Kentucky HR 69
KY
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2013, the Governor of Kentucky enacted House Resolution 69, recognizing LEED for Schools and LEED for Existing Buildings as tools for achieving greener schools.
State
In effect
Kentucky HB 255
KY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2012, the Governor of Kentucky enacted HB 255, establishing the Kentucky Green Schools Authority, and directing the Department of Energy Development and Independence to provide technical assistance to local governments, area development districts, housing authorities and school districts regarding methods to maximize energy conservation and efficiency. The legislation also established a pilot program to assist school districts with earning LEED for Existing Buildings certifications.
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.
State
In effect
Kentucky HR 24
KY
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2010, the Kentucky General Assembly adopted HR 24, endorsing the creation of a Green Schools Caucus in the Kentucky General Assembly to advocate and encourage broader application of the design and construction practices for green schools. The resolution encourages school districts to seek LEED certification, or certification from a comparable rating system with requirements as stringent to LEED Silver standards.
City/Town
In effect
Louisville Property Assessment and Reassessment Moratorium Program
Louisville, KY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Louisville Metro Government created a green redevelopment initiative to encourage the repair, rehabilitation, restoration, or stabilization of qualifying structures. Residential and commercial buildings 25 years or older may qualify for a reassessment moratorium/freeze on a portion of local taxes for a period of five years if the project meets certain criteria, including earning LEED certification.
State
In effect
Kentucky HB 2
KY
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Governor of Kentucky enacted HB 2, requiring new public facilities and renovations funded with 50% or more of state funds to adhere to high-performance building standards. The legislation defines high performance building standards as: projects of $25 million or more must achieve LEED Silver certification or higher; projects between $5 million and $25 million must achieve LEED Certified and earn a minimum of seven points under the Energy and Atmosphere Credit 1, Optimize Energy Performance standards; and, projects between $600,000 and $5 million shall use LEED as a guide.
State
In effect
Kentucky HB 1
KY
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Governor of Kentucky enacted HB 1, instructing the state's Finance and Administration Cabinet to use LEED or other rating systems to develop green building incentives for private development in the state.
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.
State
In effect
Massachusetts School Building Authority Sustainable Building Design Policy
MA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2014, the Massachusetts School Building Authority updated its Sustainable Building Design Policy, stipulating the LEED for Schools v4 will be the only acceptable sustainability standard for new school construction. Public schools that earn LEED v.4 certification are eligible for additional project funding.
City/Town
In effect
Cambridge Municipal Code, Article 22, Ordinance 1412
Cambridge, MA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2019, the Cambridge City Council enacted Ordinance 1412, requiring construction projects exceeding 25,000 square feet that require a special permit from the Planning Board to meet LEED certification guidelines. Projects between 25,000-49,999 square feet must demonstrate adherence to LEED Silver guidelines, or a city-approved alternative standard. Projects 50,000 square feet and larger must adhere to the LEED Gold guidelines, or a city-approved alternative standard. To prove compliance, applicants must submit a completed LEED project checklist with an affidavit provided by a LEED AP, or another consultant.
City/Town
In effect
Ashland Municipal Code, Chapter 282, Section 8
Ashland, MA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the Ashland City Council adopted a policy requiring new buildings constructed in the Pond Street Mixed Use Overlay District to achieve ENERGY Star certification. LEED certification may be used as an alternative compliance path.
City/Town
In effect
Lexington Municipal Code Chapter 175, Part III, Article XV, Section 175-81
Lexington, MA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the City of Lexington enacted a policy requiring all building permit applications submitted to the City Planning Board to include a LEED for Core & Shell scorecard - or a city-approved alternative rating system scorecard - when applying for major site plan review.
City/Town
In effect
Melrose Municipal Code, Chapter 235, Section 71.1, Ordinance 08-128
Melrose, MA
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Melrose City Council adopted Ordinance 08-128, requiring new construction and renovation projects within a smart growth district to incorporate sustainable design practices in accordance with ENERGY Star. The ordinance also encourages projects to earn LEED certification.
State
In effect
Leading by Example: Clean Energy and Efficient Buildings, Executive Order 484
MA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Governor of Massachussetts issued Executive Order 484, instructing state agencies involved in the construction and major renovation projects exceeding 20,000 square feet to earn LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Executive Order Relative to Climate Action in Boston
Boston, MA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Mayor of Boston issued an Executive Order requiring all new municipal construction and major renovations to earn LEED Silver certification and exceed baseline energy performance by a certain percentage.
City/Town
In effect
Boston Zoning Code, Article 37
Boston, MA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the City of Boston enacted a policy requiring that all large public and private projects subject to Section 80B of the Zoning Code to earn LEED certification. The policy directs the City to deny permits and certificates of occupancy to noncompliant projects. All projects, regardless of size, are required to submit a LEED checklist to the Boston Redevelopment Authority.
City/Town
In effect
Medford Energy and Resource Efficiency Policy, Policy 2005-02
Medford, MA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2005, the City of Medford adopted an Energy and Resource Efficiency Policy, requiring all new municipal construction seek to meet LEED standards or follow green building design practices.
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
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
Arlington Bylaws, Title 1, Article 16, Section 4
Arlington, MA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2003, the Town of Arlington enacted a bylaw requiring all new town buildings, major renovation projects, and additions to earn LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
Cambridge Green Building Requirements, Cambridge Zoning Ordinance, Article 22
Cambridge, MA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2010, the City of Cambridge enacted a policy requiring new developments between 25,000-50,000 square feet are designed to meet LEED Silver certification, and projects exceeding 50,000 feet to meet LEED Gold certification. Developments subject to the Green Building Requirements must also implement an enhanced commissioning program and must submit an advisory “Net Zero Narrative” at the preliminary and final stage of review, reporting on initial and future projections for energy use and greenhouse gas emissions and discussing how the project aligns with the City’s Net Zero Action Plan.
City/Town
In effect
Watertown Municipal Code, Title Xv, Article IX, Section 9.3
Watertown, MA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2018, the Watertown Town Council approved an amendment to the town's Zoning Ordinance, requiring new commercial, mixed-use, and industrial projects meet the requirements of LEED Silver certification. Certification with USGBC is not required.
City/Town
In effect
Salem Municipal Code, Chapter 12, Article V, Section 12.251
Salem, MA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2022, the Salem City Council enacted a policy requiring city-owned or leased new construction or major renovations 5,000 square feet or greater, and city-owned or leased major renovations 10,000 square feet or greater to earn LEED Gold certification, or a city-approved alternative certification.
City/Town
In effect
Baltimore City Green Construction Code, Council Bill 14-0413
Baltimore, MD
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2015, Baltimore City enacted Council Bill 14-0413, adopting the International Green Construction Code 2012. All permits for commercial and certain multi-family residential buildings are required to complete a Green Building Statement of Compliance to determine code applicability and identify a green building compliance path. Earning LEED Silver certification is an alternative compliance path to the mandatory code.
State
In effect
Maryland Chapter 626
MD
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2013, the State of Maryland adopted Chapter 626, requiring the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission to employ green building technologies when constructing or renovating a commission-owned building. The policy defines a high-performance green building as a building constructed to LEED Silver certification standards.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution R-7-12
Bowie, MD
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2012, the Bowie City Council enacted Resolution R-7-12, requiring all new municipal building projects larger than 10,000 square feet, or additions to existing projects greater than 10,000 square feet, to earn LEED Silver 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.
City/Town
In effect
Hagerstown Municipal Code, Chapter 223, Article IV, Ordinance 2009-2
Hagerstown, MD
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Hagerstown City Council adopted Ordinance 2009-2, granting buildings that earn LEED Silver certification a 20% property tax credit, LEED Gold certified buildings a 25% property tax credit, and LEED Platinum-certified buildings a 30% property tax credit.
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.
City/Town
In effect
Hampstead Municipal Code, Article XV, Section 135-150, Ordinance 449
Hampstead, MD
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Hampstead Town Council adopted Ordinance 449, requiring any new buildings constructed located in the Groundwater Conservation District to earn LEED Silver certification, or an town-approved alternative standard.
City/Town
In effect
Annapolis Municipal Code, Title 17, Chapter 17.14, Ordinance 0-56-07
Annapolis, MD
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Mayor of Annapolis enacted Ordinance 0-56-07, requiring all public construction earn LEED Silver certification. The ordinance also requires commercial and mixed-use buildings of 7,500 square feet or greater to earn LEED certification; five or more single-family homes on one lot, or a single home larger than 3,250 square feet to earn LEED certification. The policy allows for projects to register and certify to LEED or an energy and environmental design standard deemed equivalent by the Director of the Department of Neighborhood and Environmental Programs.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 08-2
La Plata, MD
Requirement, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Mayor of La Plata enacted Town Council Resolution 08-2, requiring all town-owned and town-funded new construction and major renovations larger than 5,000 square feet to earn LEED certification. The resolution also recommends that smaller public projects and private projects earn LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Baltimore Council Bill 07-0602
Baltimore, MD
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Mayor of Baltimore enacted Council Bill 07-0602, requiring all city and city-funded projects exceeding 10,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. The law also requires commercial or multi-family residential buildings 10,000 square feet or greater to earn LEED Silver certification. The law does not require formal certification.
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.
State
In effect
Maryland Property Tax Code, Chapter 9-242
MD
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
The State of Maryland’s Property Tax Code Chapter 9-242 permits local governments to offer a tax credit against the county or municipal corporation property tax imposed on a high performance building. The tax code defines a high performing building includes buildings that earn LEED Silver certification or higher.
City/Town
In effect
Rockville Commercial Green Building Regulations
Rockville, MD
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2019, the City Council of Rockville enacted Ordinance 22-19, amending its green building regulations to require new commercial or multi-unit residential buildings or additions greater than 7,500 square feet to demonstrate compliance with a green building code, such as the 2012 International Green Construction Code (IgCC), ASHRAE 189.1, or the 2012 National Green Building Standards (ICC 700-2012). LEED Silver is denoted as an alternative compliance path to the green code requirement.
City/Town
In effect
Ordinance 103-11/12
Portland, ME
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2012, the Portland City Council adopted Ordinance 103-11/12, requiring all new construction and renovation projects owned or occupied by the City 2,000 square feet or greater to earn LEED Silver certification. All new construction and renovation projects 10,000 square feet or greater funded in whole or in part by the City shall demonstrate - under any third-party certification system or energy model signed by a licensed engineer - a certain percentage improvement in the proposed energy performance of the building compared to the baseline performance rating per ASHRAE Standard 90.1 or equivalent standard if the ASHRAE Standard 90.1 is not applicable to the project. The improvements are 30% for new construction, 25% for existing buildings, and 20% for historic buildings. LEED is an eligible certification system.
State
In effect
ME LD 1656
ME
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2022, the Governor of Maine signed ME LD 1656 into law, requiring that construction projects funded by the Maine State Housing Authority meet the standards of a third-party certification program, including LEED.
City/Town
In effect
Bangor LEED Certification Order
Bangor, ME
Requirement, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Bangor City Council adopted a policy requiring all new city-owned or city-funded construction and major renovation projects 5,000 square feet or larger to achieve LEED certification. The policy also encourages the private sector to design, construct and operate its buildings consistent with LEED certification.
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
East Lansing Green Building Policy, Resolution 2009-01
East Lansing, MI
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the East Lansing City Council adopted a resolution requiring new municipal construction larger than 5,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification, and requiring renovations to follow a LEED checklist. The policy also requires private projects that receive municipal incentives up to 15% of the total project cost to earn LEED certification, private development projects that receive over 15% of the project costs in municipal incentives with one building to earn LEED Silver certification, and private development projects that receive over 15% in incentives with multiple buildings to achieve LEED for Neighborhood Development Silver certification and achieve at least 1 point under Green Infrastructure & Buildings Credit 1 or achieve at minimum LEED Silver certification for each building. Private building renovations that receive municipal incentives are required to earn LEED certification. Incentives include tax increment financing funds, brownfield redevelopment funds, community development block grant funds, parking revenue bonds, or other financing mechanisms. As of 2021, the Green Building Policy was under revision.
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
Groveland Municipal Code, Article III, Section 54-474, Ordinance 164
Groveland, MI
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, Groveland Township adopted Ordinance 164, encouraging the use of LEED certification in the development overlay district.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution Adopting LEED Standards
Novi, MI
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Novi City Council passed a resolution adopting LEED as the City's preferred green building rating system. The resolution encourages adherence to LEED standards and criteria in local private development and encourages the City to consider greening the City's building policies.
City/Town
In effect
Rochester Hills Master Land Use Plan
Rochester Hills, MI
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Rochester Hills Planning Commission adopted the Master Land Use Plan, which recommends that all new construction and major renovations of municipal buildings earn LEED certification. The Plan also recommends developing incentives for residential and non-residential buildings to achieve LEED certification. The 2018 Master Land Use Plan update also adds an action strategy to educate the development community about the benefits of LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Auburn Hills Green Building Policy
Auburn Hills, MI
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, the Auburn Hills City Council adopted the Auburn Hills Green Building Policy, encouraging all applicable municipal and private development projects to achieve LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Grand Rapids Sustainability Policy for City Buildings, Policy 600-16
Grand Rapids, MI
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, the Grand Rapids City Commission adopted Policy 600-16, requiring all new municipal buildings larger than 10,000 square feet and valued at $1 million in construction costs to earn LEED certification. The policy further stipulates that all municipal renovations and building operations should follow LEED guidelines.
City/Town
In effect
Saint Paul Sustainable Building Ordinance, Ordinance 17-60
Saint Paul, MN
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2018, the City of Saint Paul enacted Ordinance 17-60, requiring new projects exceeding 10,000 square feet and receiving more than $200,000 in funding from the City or the Housing and Redevelopment Authority to earn LEED Silver certification, or a city-approved alternative standard. The policy also applies to major renovations of existing buildings.
City/Town
In effect
Baxter Municipal Code, Title 10, Chapter 4, Ordinance 2011-05
Baxter, MN
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2011, the Baxter City Council adopted Ordinance 2011-05, amending the city's architectural standards to include exemptions for building lighting and exteriors that are LEED compatible. The city allows modifications to the normal lighting standards if it is demonstrated that the modifications are LEED compatible. Exterior materials or architectural features not specifically listed as approved by the city may also be accepted if they are LEED compatible.
State
In effect
Next Generation Energy Act of 2007, Chapter 136, S.F. No. 145
MN
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Governor of Minnesota enacted Chapter 136 S.F. 145, requiring utilities to establish programs that facilitate professional engineering certification to qualify buildings as LEED-certified, or a state-approved alternative certification. The legislation stated a goal of achieving 100 LEED-certified commercial buildings by December 31, 2010.
City/Town
In effect
Establishing a Sustainable Development Policy for New and Renovated
Municipal Buildings in the City of Saint Paul, Council Resolution 07-70
Saint Paul, MN
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the St. Paul City Council adopted Council Resolution 07-70, requiring that new or significantly renovated municipal facilities earn LEED Silver certification or a city-approved alternative standard. The resolution also states that if the building is constructed or renovated to LEED standards, the more stringent State Guidelines related to "Energy and Atmosphere," including exceeding the energy code by at least 30%, and the State Guidelines related to Performance Management must be met. The policy also requires that staff from various City departments become LEED accredited.
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
St. Louis Park Green Building Policy
St. Louis Park, MN
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2022, St. Louis Park enacted the St. Louis Park Green Building Policy, requiring new municipal, commercial, multi-family residential, and mixed-use projects 15,000 square feet or larger - and renovations in buildings 50,000 square feet or larger - that receive $200,000 or more in city financial assistance to certify to a third-party rating system, including LEED Silver or higher. Projects that must earn a minimum of 13 points within the Energy and Atmosphere: Optimize Energy Performance credit.
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.
City/Town
In effect
Chesterfield Municipal Code, Article 3, Section 405.03.040, Ordinance 2527
Chesterfield, MO
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Chesterfield City Council adopted Ordinance 2527, offering developers the ability to negotiate the mitigation of other zoning requirements if LEED standards are used.
City/Town
In effect
Ordinance 2009-3382
Ferguson, MO
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the City of Ferguson adopted Ordinance 2009-3382, requiring buildings built or renovated with city funds to earn LEED Silver certification, or another nationally-recognized certification program, provided that the estimated energy savings exceed the marginal cost of the energy saving features over the expected life of the building and subject to fiscal constraints established by the City Manager. The ordinance also encourages new and remodeled residential, industrial, and commercial projects to satisfy LEED requirements.
City/Town
In effect
City of Springfield Green Building Policy, Resolution 9573
Springfield, MO
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008 the Springfield City Council adopted Resolution 9573, establishing the Springfield Green Building Policy. The policy requires all city-owned buildings intended for human occupation to earn LEED Silver certification. The policy also requests projects strive for the highest certification possible if conditions permit. At minimum, all projects must earn seven LEED points for energy performance, two points for water use and waste reduction, and one point for construction waste management. New city buildings not intended for human occupation shall incorporate as many LEED points as possible. The policy also stipulates that any future renovations to city buildings must use performance benchmarks from LEED for Existing Buildings.
City/Town
In effect
Ordinance 67414
St. Louis, MO
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007 the St. Louis City Council approved Ordinance 67414, requiring all city-owned facilities larger than 5,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. The policy stipulates that the city will also apply LEED standards to major retrofit and renovation projects.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 06-21
Clayton, MO
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2006, the Clayton Board of Aldermen adopted Resolution 06-21, requiring that new construction and major renovations of city buildings larger than 5,000 square feet earn LEED Silver certification. The requirement may be waived if certification is cost prohibitive, if certification would have a negative impact on a historic structure, or in an emergency situation.
City/Town
In effect
Starkville Sustainability and LEED Policy
Starkville, MS
Requirement, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Starkville Mayor and Board of Aldermen adopted the Starkville Sustainability and LEED Policy, requiring all new construction of city facilities exceeding 3,000 square feet earn LEED certification. The policy also encourages LEED certification for new commercial and residential construction.
City/Town
In effect
Bozeman Municipal Code, Chapter 38, Article 4, Section 38.430.090
Bozeman, MT
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
Bozeman's Municipal Code requires planned unit development proposals must comply with the city's design objectives and criteria. In order to be approved, a PUD proposal must earn at least 20 performance points from a combination of methods. Design proposals that include a commitment to design the majority of buildings to meet LEED certification requirements, or a city-approved alternative certification, will earn 6 points. Proposals that are conditionally approved to meet LEED for Neighborhood Development may quality for 15 points.
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.
City/Town
In effect
Raleigh LEED Certification for New and Existing Municipal Buildings Policy
Raleigh, NC
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Raleigh City Council adopted a policy requiring that new public buildings exceeding 10,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification, and construction less than 10,000 square feet should be "designed to be eligible for LEED Silver certification" and should meet energy and water efficiency requirements. The City will also strive to earn LEED Gold or LEED Platinum where feasible. The policy further stipulates that existing city buildings should use LEED for Existing Buildings as a guide.
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.
State
In effect
North Carolina SB 581
NC
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the State of North Carolina enacted SB 581, allowing counties and cities to provide building permit fee reductions or partial rebates to encourage construction of buildings using sustainable design principles, such as LEED or a state-approved equivalent certification system.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 07-91
Asheville, NC
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Asheville City Council enacted Resolution 07-91, requiring all new, occupied, city-owned buildings 5,000 square feet or greater to earn LEED Gold certification, and to strive for LEED Platinum whenever project resources and conditions permit. The policy also requires an energy savings payback on the incremental cost of no greater than ten years. If the payback period for recovering incremental construction cost is greater than ten years, buildings should opt for LEED Silver certification. In addition, all new, occupied city-owned buildings less than 5,000 square feet should be built to incorporate measures in alignment with LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
Forsyth County/Winston-Salem UDO Chapter C, Section 3-5.4
Forsyth County, NC
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, Forsyth County adopted Unified Development Ordinance Chapter C, Section 3-5.4, granting new construction projects eligibility for a Special Intense Development Allocation for earning LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Forsyth County/Winston-Salem Unified Development Ordinance, Chapter B, Section 2-1.5
Forsyth County, NC
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2006, Forsyth County adopted a policy exempting new construction projects in special mixed-use districts pursuing LEED Silver certification from the county's open space requirement.
City/Town
In effect
Chapel Hill Municipal Code, Chapter V, Article VII, Ordinance 5-21
Chapel Hill, NC
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2004, the City of Chapel Hill adopted Ordinance 5-21, requiring any new or expanded municipal building to earn LEED Silver certification. A LEED-accredited architect or engineer must be included on the project design team. The policy stipulates that the most current applicable version of the LEED shall be used.
City/Town
In effect
Derry Municipal Code, Article VI, Section 5-34
Derry, NH
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Derry Town Council passed the Derry Green Building Policy, requiring that all new town buildings and major renovations meet LEED certification standards. Upgrades and minor repairs to town-owned or town-funded facilities are also required to be consistent with LEED certification standards. The requirements can be overturned with approval by two-thirds of the Town Council.
City/Town
In effect
Nashua Municipal Code, Article VIII, Ordinance O-07-106
Nashua, NH
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Nashua City Council adopted Ordinance O-07-106, granting permit fee reductions for buildings that earn LEED certification. Projects will receive a 5% permit fee reduction for earning a LEED certification, a 10% fee reduction for earning a LEED Silver certification, a 15% fee reduction for earning a LEED Gold certification, and a 20% fee reduction for earning a LEED Platinum certification.
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
In effect
Nashua Municipal Code, Article VIII, Section 105-28
Nashua, NH
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
The City of Nashua provides a reduction in building permit fees for projects that earn LEED certification. LEED-certified projects receive a 5% reduction in fees; LEED Silver-certified projects earn a 10%; reduction; LEED Gold-certified projects receive a 15% reduction; and LEED Platinum-certified projects receive a 20% reduction.
City/Town
In effect
Derry Clean Energy and Environmental Initiative, Derry Municipal Code, Article VI, Section 5.34
Derry, NH
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Town of Derry enacted a policy requiring all new construction, and all major renovations to projects funded in full or in part by the Town to meet basic LEED certification standards. Upgrades and repairs will additionally be consistent with LEED certification standards. The policy also stipulates that the Town shall strive to meet higher LEED certification standards when feasible.
City/Town
In effect
Robbinsville Municipal Code, Article IV, Chapter 142-23
Robbinsville, NJ
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2011, Robbinsville Township adopted Chapter 142-23, establishing performance and design standards that encourage buildings within the Highway Commercial Zone to earn LEED certification, if feasible.
City/Town
In effect
Montville Township Municipal Code, Chapter 230, Article XVIII, Section 230-96
Montville Township, NJ
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2011, Montville Township adopted a policy encouraging construction in the Route 202 Corridor West Zoning District to follow LEED guidelines to the greatest extent feasible.
City/Town
In effect
Park Ridge Municipal Code, Article XIIIC, Ordinance 2010-017
Park Ridge, NJ
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the Borough of Park Ridge adopted Ordinance 2010-017, requiring all developments and redevelopments in the Neighborhood Business Zone to be compatible with the principles of LEED for Neighborhood Development. Projects are encouraged to incorporate a number of sustainability features into buildings and sites, including LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Millburn Sustainable Building and Design Standards, Millburn Municipal Code, Article 5, Ordinance 2359-10
Millburn, NJ
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2010, the Township of Millburn adopted Ordinance 2359-10, stating that Township-funded capital improvement projects shall earn a LEED Silver certification. The ordinance also states that the township shall shall incorporate life-cycle and total cost accounting in the design, construction, and maintenance of all Township-owned and -financed buildings.
City/Town
In effect
Howell Municipal Code, Article XXV, Ordinance O-10-12
Howell, NJ
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, Howell Township adopted Ordinance O-10-12, which encourages developers to submit a LEED scorecard as part of the development application.
City/Town
In effect
Fair Lawn Municipal Code, Section 125-47.1, Ordinance 2177-2010
Fair Lawn, NJ
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the Borough of Fair Lawn adopted Ordinance 2177-2010, requiring all commercial, mixed-use and multi-family residential buildings to incorporate green building practices into new construction. Practices should be followed even if a building is not seeking to earn LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Woodbury Municipal Code, Chapter 202, Article XIV, Section 202-81.6, Ordinance 2110-09
Woodbury, NJ
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City of Woodbury adopted Ordinance 2110-09, encouraging new construction projects to earn LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Wayne Township Municipal Code, Article III, Section 134-49, Ordinance 52-2009
Wayne Township, NJ
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Wayne Township Council adopted Ordinance 52-2009, which encourages new developments in the Wayne Transit Zone to pursue LEED certification. All projects within the Transit Zone Planning Area are required to submit an application to USGBC to build the project under LEED standards. If approved, the project is required to comply with LEED standards.
City/Town
In effect
Jersey City Green Building Incentives, Ordinance 09-002
Jersey City, NJ
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Jersey City Council adopted Ordinance 09-002, granting commercial construction and renovations a partial refund of building permit and land development application fees. Projects pursuing LEED Platinum certification may receive a 25% fee refund. Projects pursuing LEED, LEED Silver, or LEED Gold certifications will receive a 10%, 15%, or 20% fee refund, respectively. Buildings earning LEED certification are also eligible for expedited permit review.
City/Town
In effect
Jersey City Green Building Initiative for Municipal Projects, Ordinance 09-001
Jersey City, NJ
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Jersey City Council adopted Ordinance 09-001, requiring all new public construction and renovations to earn a LEED Silver certification and ENERGY STAR building label. Projects in which certification is deemed cost prohibitive, defined as exceeding 20% of the original construction costs, are required to only earn LEED certification. Historic buildings are exempt from the LEED requirement.
City/Town
In effect
Millville Municipal Code, Chapter 30, Article XVIII, Section 30-208, Ordinance 29-2008
Millville, NJ
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the City of Millville adopted Ordinance 29-2008, encouraging hotel developers to incorporate green building techniques into building design and construction and to earn LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Woolwich Municipal Code, Chapter 203, Part 2, Article XXII, Section 203-158
Woolwich Township, NJ
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Woolwich Township Committee adopted a policy encouraging new construction and major renovation projects to pursue LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Maple Shade Municipal Code, Article VIII, Section 205-33, Ordinance 2008-02
Maple Shade, NJ
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Township of Maple Shade adopted Ordinance 2008-02, encouraging new construction in business development districts to pursue LEED certification.
State
In effect
New Jersey Chapter 269
NJ
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the State of New Jersey passed Chapter 269, requiring any new state building larger than 15,000 square feet to be designed to meet high performance building standards. The policy defines a high-performance building as a building that earns LEED Silver certification, or a nationally-recognized and accepted alternative that has been approved by the Commissioner of Community affairs in consultation with the Commissioner of Environmental Protection, the Director of Energy Savings and the Board of Public Utilities.
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
Stratford Municipal Code, Title 16, Section 16.40.140, Ordinance 2007:13
Stratford, NJ
Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Borough of Stratford adopted Ordinance 2007:13, encouraging developers to adhere to LEED green building principles and to earn the highest level of LEED certification feasible.
City/Town
In effect
Hillsborough Township Code, Article V, Chapter 188, Section 188-3, Ordinance 2007-25
Hillsborough, NJ
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Hillsborough Township adopted Ordinance 2007-25, requiring all new development located within the town center district to earn LEED certification. The policy also stipulates that a LEED AP must be a principal member of the project's design team, and that a LEED scorecard must be submitted as part of the project plan. Additions less than 50% of existing gross floor area are exempt from the certification requirement.
City/Town
In effect
Hardyston Municipal Code, Chapter 185, Article XXVI, Section 185-124
Hardyston, NJ
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Township of Hardyston adopted a policy encouraging the use of green building practices and LEED in the village center district.
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
Princeton Community Master Plan
Princeton, NJ
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2005, the Princeton Borough and Township amended the Princeton Community Master Plan to encourage the use of LEED in the design, construction, and operation of all public facilities and publicly-funded projects.
State
In effect
Executive Order 24
NJ
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2002, the Governor of New Jersey enacted Executive Order 24, requiring all new schools to incorporate LEED guidelines to achieve maximum energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.
State
In effect
New Mexico Sustainable Building Tax Credit
NM
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Governor of New Mexico enacted SB 291, establishing the state's Sustainable Building Tax Credit. This legislation provides tax credits based on the square footage of the building. For commercial buildings, the tax credits range from $3.50 per square feet for buildings that achieve LEED for New Construction Silver certification to $6.25 per square feet for buildings that achieve LEED for New Construction Platinum certification. For residential buildings, the tax credits range from $5.00 per square feet for buildings that achieve LEED for Homes Silver certification to $9.00 per square feet for buildings that achieve LEED for Homes Platinum certification. On March 16, 2013, renewed the Sustainable Building Tax Credit, creating an additional $12 million opportunity for single-family residential green construction and $3 million in commercial and multifamily opportunities spread out over the next three years. LEED Silver-certified commercial buildings for new construction (NC), existing buildings, core and shell, or commercial interiors are eligible for a tax credit. The amount of the credit varies according to the square footage of the building and the level of certification achieved. On April 10, 2015, the Sustainable Building Tax Credit was renewed and updated again. The new SBTC guideline establishes a personal tax credit and a corporate tax credit for new and major renovations that are LEED Silver-certified or higher for taxable years up to 2026. The tax credit amount is based on certification level achieved and the amount of qualified square footage. The tax credit is available for commercial and residential buildings under LEED - NC, LEED EB and LEED CI and LEED for Homes. The 2015 update caps the eligible size per residential project at 2,000 square feet and reduces the amount of the tax credit available per square foot.
City/Town
In effect
2007 Albuquerque Energy Conservation Code
Albuquerque, NM
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Mayor of Albuquerque enacted the 2007 Albuquerque Energy Conservation Code Volumes I and II, requiring commercial and multifamily residential buildings to be 30% more efficient than a baseline building per ASHRAE 90.1 1999 and requiring one- and two-family dwellings to meet ICC 2006 and several other energy efficiency requirements. The code does not apply to LEED-certified commercial and multi-family residential buildings that earn a minimum of 4 credits in EAc1 "Optimize Energy Performance," or one- and two-family dwellings that provide proof of LEED for Homes Silver certification.
State
In effect
Executive Order 06-001
NM
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2006, the Governor of New Mexico issued Executive Order 06-001, requiring all new public buildings larger than 15,000 square feet and/or using more than 50 kW peak electrical demand to earn LEED Silver certification. Existing public buildings larger than 15,000 square feet and/or using more than 50kW peak electrical demand must be renovated to achieve LEED Silver, and must achieve a 50% reduction in energy usage compared to the average U.S. energy consumption for that size of building as defined by the Department of Energy. New public buildings between 5,000-15,000 square feet are required to achieve a 50% reduction in energy usage compared to the average U.S. energy consumption for that size of building as defined by the Department of Energy.
City/Town
In effect
Albuquerque Municipal Code, Chapter 3, Article 9, Resolution R-05-258
Albuquerque, NM
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2005, the Mayor of Albuquerque enacted Resolution R-05-258, requiring all city-owned and city-funded projects 5,000 square feet and above and/or using over 50 KW electrical demand to earn LEED Silver certification. This includes existing buildings.
City/Town
In effect
Albuquerque Green Path Program
Albuquerque, NM
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the City of Albuquerque's adopted the Green Path Program, which provides incentives for commercial and residential buildings that earn LEED certification. Commercial buildings are required to exceed minimum code requirements and achieve either LEED Silver or LEED Gold with specific credit requirements. Residential buildings must exceed minimum code requirements and achieve both LEED Homes Silver and Build Green New Mexico Silver. Incentives include expedited permitting and integrated and preliminary plan review.
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
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
Reno Municipal Code, Chapter 18, Article III, Ordinance 6171
Reno, NV
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2011, the City of Reno adopted Ordinance 6171, encouraging projects to meet LEED standards.
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.
State
In effect
Nevada SB 395
NV
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Governor of Nevada enacted SB 395, which contains a provision requiring the State Public Works Board to adopt standards and performance guidelines concerning the efficient use of water and energy for state-owned and operated buildings. The legislation permits LEED as a compliance option.
City/Town
In effect
Carson City Municipal Code, Title 18, Division 6, Downtown Mixed-use District
Carson City, NV
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, Carson City enacted an ordinance requiring all residential, commercial, and mixed-use buildings to meet LEED certification criteria. A LEED scorecard must be submitted as a part of the design review process.
State
In effect
Nevada AB 3
NV
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2005, the State of Nevada enacted Assembly Bill 3, requiring all state-funded buildings earn LEED certification, or a state-approved alternative standard. During each biennium, at least two occupied public buildings whose construction will be sponsored or financed by the State of Nevada must be designated as a demonstration project and be equivalent to a LEED Silver certification, or an equivalent standard. The legislation also grants tax abatement incentives for properties with LEED Silver-certified buildings, and tax exemptions for products or materials used to construct a LEED Silver-certified buildings.
City/Town
In effect
Local Law 2016/032, New York City Charter, Chapter 9, Section 224.1
NY
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2016, New York City enacted Local Law 2016/032, requiring new capital projects (projects paid in part or in whole by the city's treasury) with an estimated construction cost of $2 million, additions to existing buildings, or substantial renovations to be designed and constructed to comply with green building standards at least as stringent as LEED Gold. Certain building types will only be required to earn LEED certification. If the mayor elects to use an alternative green building standard, the mayor must demonstrate that the alternative is as stringent as LEED Gold.
State
In effect
New York Chapter 441
NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2013, the Governor of New York enacted a policy establishing a tax exemption in cities with a population between 130,000-160,000 people for the rehabilitation of vacant residential structures or construction of new residential structures that earn LEED certification.
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.
State
In effect
Upstate New York Gaming Economic Development Act of 2013, New York AB A8101, Chapter 174
NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2013, the Governor of New York enacted Chapter 174, which states the State Gaming Board's decision to weigh gaming facilities license applications based on workforce enhancement factors, including new or existing facilities that earn LEED certification.
State
In effect
New York Chapter 14
NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2013, the Governor of New York enacted Chapter 14, authorizing municipalities to waive property taxes for green homes and commercial buildings. Cities and towns adopting the new measure will take LEED-certified properties off their tax rolls for up to six years. Tax exemptions are based on LEED certification level, and phase out over a period of 7-10 years.
State
In effect
New York Chapter 129
NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2012, the Governor of New York enacted Chapter 129, allowing LEED-certified residential buildings to be exempt from capital improvements in cities with a population between 27,500-28,000 people. LEED-certified and LEED Silver-certified buildings are granted a three-year exemption, to the extent that 100% of the increase in assessed property value can be attributable to reconstruction. LEED Gold-certified structures are granted a four-year exemption, and LEED Platinum-certified buildings are granted a six-year exemption.
State
In effect
New York Chapter 188
NY
Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2012, the Governor of New York enacted Chapter 188, authorizing municipalities to waive property taxes for green buildings for ten years, and providing exemptions for construction improvements that meet LEED certification standards.
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.
State
In effect
New York Chapter 494
NY
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2011, the Governor of New York enacted Chapter 494, authorizing the state to consult high performance buildings standards such as LEED when creating building program and providing relevant services.
City/Town
In effect
Brookhaven Municipal Code, Chapter 85, Article XLI, Section 85-499
Brookhaven, NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the City of Brookhaven adopted a policy offering a partial building permit fee refund contingent on the level of LEED certification earned. The city also offers a 45% refund for LEED-certified buildings, a 50% refund for LEED Silver-certified buildings, a 55% refund for LEED Gold-certified buildings, and a 60% refund for Platinum-certified buildings.
City/Town
In effect
Southampton Municipal Code, Article III, Section 43-14, Local Law 2-2010
Southampton, NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the Village of Southampton adopted Local Law 2-2010, which offers a refund of 0.25% of a commercial or residential project's total construction cost if earns LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
New York City Local Law 87
NY
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, New York City enacted Local Law 87, requiring buildings larger than 50,000 square feet to complete energy auditing and retro-commissioning. Buildings certified under LEED for Existing Buildings are exempt from the requirement.
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).
State
In effect
Green Building Construction Act
NY
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Governor of New York enacted the Green Building Construction Act, which requires that construction and substantial renovation of State buildings comply with green building standards established by the Office of General Services. The Office of General Services may consult the green construction requirements, such as LEED, when creating their own green building requirements.
City/Town
In effect
Greenburgh Green Building Initiative and Energy Conservation Construction Standard
Greenburgh, NY
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Town of Greenburgh adopted the Green Building Initiative and Energy Conservation Construction Standard, which adopts the principles of LEED v2.2 and applies them to all new commercial, office, industrial, and multi-family residential construction. Projects are required to strive to earn LEED certification, or a town-approved alternative standard. To incentivize projects to comply, developers must pay a fee of $0.03 per square foot of construction, not exceeding $15,000 total. Fees will be reimbursed if a building earns LEED certification, or an equivalent standard.
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.
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.
City/Town
In effect
Green Building Standards for Town-Owned Buildings, Local Law 32-2008
Riverhead, NY
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Town of Riverhead adopted Local Law 32-2008, requiring all town-owned buildings and facilities to earn LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Huntington Green Commercial Building Standards, Chapter 197
Huntington, NY
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Town of Huntington adopted the Green Commercial Building Standards, which offer a partial application fee rebate to covered commercial buildings that earn LEED certification. Projects must pay a $1 per square foot fee with a cap at $200,000. If the building achieves LEED certification and is approved by the Green Building Compliance Officials, a refund of $.90 per square foot will be issued.
City/Town
In effect
Brewster Village Code, Chapter 182
Brewster Village, NY
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Brewster Village City Council adopted a policy requiring non-residential buildings to minimize adverse impacts on the surrounding area, to comply with state and city ordinances pertaining to storm water, to control erosion and sedimentation, and to incorporate LEED standards to the maximum extent possible in order to be approved by the Planning Board. As of July 2020, the requirement is now located in Chapter 182, Article I, Section 182-1 j.
City/Town
In effect
Peekskill Local Law 5-2008
Peekskill, NY
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the City of Peekskill adopted Local Law 5-2008, creating standards for hotels and motels pursuing LEED certification in certain districts. New hotel and motel construction projects pursuing LEED certification must adhere to the specified requirements such as providing at least 50 rooms, a maximum floor area ratio of 1.2, and submit proof of LEED registration, a LEED project checklist and a completed LEED certification application.
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
East Aurora Green Building Standards, East Aurora Municipal Code, Chapter 108, Section 12
East Aurora, NY
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Village of East Aurora adopted the East Aurora Green Building Standards, which require all city-owned buildings to earn LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Syracuse Green Buildings Ordinance, Syracuse Code of Ordinances, Chapter 52
Syracuse, NY
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the City of Syracuse adopted Green Building Standards for Municipal Buildings, requiring the construction and major renovations of municipal buildings to earn LEED Silver certification, or an alternative appropriate standard approved by the City Engineer.
State
In effect
New York State Green Building Plan
NY
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the New York Dormitory Authority, an agency that provides construction, financing and allied services that serve the public good, announced its commitment to register all new construction and major renovations projects with USGBC beginning in 2008, with a goal of achieving LEED Silver certification.
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.
City/Town
In effect
Malta Local Law 10-2007
Malta, NY
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the City of Malta adopted Local Law 10-2007, requiring all projects applying for the establishment of a Planned Development District to contain a review of possible construction design and management in compliance with LEED certification.
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.
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.
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
Lloyd Municipal Code, Chapter 100, Section L-12
Lloyd, NY
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the City of Lloyd adopted a policy encouraging all new building construction projects to use materials and systems that meet LEED standards.
City/Town
In effect
Babylon Municipal Code, Part II, Chapter 89, Article VIII, Section 89-86
Babylon, NY
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, the Town of Babylon adopted a resolution requiring all applicants for a building permit for any new construction of commercial, office, industrial, multi-family residential, or senior citizen resident buildings over 4,000 square feet to submit a LEED checklist and pay a fee of $0.03 per square foot of the project (not to exceed $15,000) to the Town of Babylon's Green Building Fund. An applicant who earns LEED certification shall have the fees refunded.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 27-R
Syracuse, NY
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, the Mayor of Syracuse issued a proclamation directing the City to achieve maximum energy efficiency and environmental sustainability relevant to the scope of new construction or major renovation through LEED certification, unless this cannot be accomplished on a cost effective basis. The proclamation encourages all facilities and buildings to achieve higher LEED rating levels, if feasible.
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
New York City Local Law 86
NY
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2005, New York City enacted Local Law 86, requiring all municipal construction, additions, or major renovations valued over $2 million to earn LEED Silver certification. Non-residential, capital projects costing over $2 million and funded at least 50% or $10 million by the city must earn LEED Silver certification. Municipal buildings that cost over $12 million shall be designed and constructed to reduce energy cost by a minimum of 20%, as determined by the methodology prescribed in LEED Energy & Atmosphere credit 1 or the New York State Energy Conservation Code, whichever is more stringent.
City/Town
In effect
Battery Park City Authority Residential Environmental Guidelines
Battery Park, NY
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2005, the Battery Park City Authority enacted a policy requiring developers earn LEED Gold certification, as well as employ a LEED AP as the Green Team Leader for the project. The policy also stipulates that a developer or building owner must earn LEED for Existing Buildings certification every five years. Additionally, all community space must earn LEED Gold for Commercial Interiors.
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
Pleasant Valley Municipal Code, Chapter 98, Article IV, Section 98-31, 47
Pleasant Valley, NY
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Town of Pleasant Valley adopted a policy encouraging new residential and commercial projects in the Hamlet District to comply with LEED or other nationally-recognized certifications.
City/Town
In effect
Cincinnati Residential Tax Abatement, Ordinance 502-2012
Cincinnati, Ohio
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2012, the Cincinnati City Council adopted a policy providing new and retrofitted residential buildings in Community Reinvestment Areas eligibility for a 100% real property tax exemption for a period of 10-15 years (10 years for renovations & 15 years for new construction). Buildings that earn LEED, LEED Silver, or LEED Gold certifications may receive a real property tax abatement of up to $562,000, depending on the level of certification earned. LEED Platinum-certified buildings are eligible to receive a no-limit max abatement. Property tax abatement is available for any increased valuation that results from improvements to the property for new construction and renovation.
City/Town
In effect
Cleveland Residential Property Tax Abatement for Green Buildings
Cleveland, Ohio
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2010, the City of Cleveland began providing a 100% tax abatement for homeowners and developers that build residential properties to the Cleveland Green Building Standard. Abatement is available for 10-15 years, depending on the type of project. The city also accepts LEED Silver as an alternative compliance path.
State
In effect
Wilmington Green Enterprise Zone
Wilmington, OH
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Wilmington City Council adopted an ordinance establishing a Green Enterprise Zone. Residential and commercial projects within in the Zone seeking LEED Certification are eligible for a 75% reduction in building and permitting fees. Existing residential and commercial properties undertaking other green retrofits may be eligible for a 50% reduction in building and permitting fees. The ordinance also requires the City to perform a cost-benefit analysis of earning LEED Certification for all new municipal buildings.
City/Town
In effect
New Albany Municipal Code, Chapter 1322, Ordinance O-34-2008
New Albany, OH
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the New Albany Village Council adopted Ordinance O-34-2008, creating a green building incentive program for new commercial buildings. Projects that achieve the minimum New Albany Village green building standard will receive a 20% reduction in commercial building permit application fees. Buildings undergoing minor renovations that achieve the minimum New Albany Village green building standard will receive a 20% reduction in application fees for minor renovations. Buildings undergoing major renovations that achieve the minimum New Albany Village green building standard will receive a 20% reduction in commercial building permit application fees. Projects that earn LEED certification will receive an additional fee reduction incentive on a sliding scale: 1% for earning LEED certification, 2% for earning LEED Silver certification, 3% for earning LEED Gold certification, and 5% for earning LEED Platinum certification.
State
In effect
Resolution 07-124
Ohio
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Ohio School Facilities Construction Commission (OSFC) passed Resolution #07-124, approving the incorporation of energy efficiency and sustainable design features into all future and some previously approved school projects. All K-12 public school projects approved by the OSFC are required to meet a minimum of LEED for Schools Silver certification, with strong encouragement to achieve LEED Gold. There is additional emphasis on maximizing Energy & Atmosphere credits. The resolution directs OSFC to cover all LEED registration and certification fees and to provide a supplemental allowance to project budgets for the incorporation of green building strategies.
City/Town
In effect
Green Municipal Code, Chapter 1474, Ordinance 2007-17
Green, OH
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the City of Green adopted Ordinance 2007-17, requiring all city-owned buildings over 5,000 square feet to meet the equivalent of LEED Silver certification. The policy stipulates that if compliance with LEED would defeat the intent or create an unreasonable economic burden on the City or project, an exemption may be granted. In such circumstances, LEED registration and certification is encouraged, but not required.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 7746-03
Lakewood, OH
Requirement, Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2003, the Lakewood City Council adopted Resolution 7746-03, requiring the construction and operation of city facilities and city-funded projects to incorporate LEED guidelines into construction to the greatest extent practicable. The resolution also encourages private sector projects to seek LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Cleveland Sustainable Municipal Building Policy
Cleveland, Ohio
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2013, the City of Cleveland enacted a Sustainable Municipal Building Policy, which requires all occupied City-owned new construction and major renovations larger than 10,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. All City-owned new construction under 10,000 square feet shall strive to achieve LEED Silver certification. Projects in which the pursuit of LEED Silver is deemed cost prohibitive - defined as greater than 5% cost premium - are encouraged to include as many sustainable building practices as possible in design and construction, and strive to achieve basic LEED certification.
State
In effect
Oklahoma HB 3394
OK
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Governor of Oklahoma enacted HB 3394, requiring all new state buildings larger than 10,000 square feet to follow LEED guidelines.
City/Town
In effect
Oklahoma Municipal Code, Chapter 59, Article XIII, Section 15-135000
Oklahoma City, OK
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Oklahoma City Council updated their codified ordinances, encouraging construction projects located in the Scenic River Overlay Design District to use sustainable building materials, including materials that meet LEED standards.
State
In effect
Oregon Administrative Rules, Chapter 330, Division 90
OR
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2012, the State of Oregon adopted Oregon Administrative Rules, Chapter 330, Division 90, establishing a Business Energy Tax Credit (BETC) for up to 35% of the eligible cost of qualifying renewable energy resource facilities. Eligible facilities include: an energy saving facility, recycling facility, rental dwelling weatherization facility, transportation facility, car sharing facility, sustainable building practices facility, alternative fuel vehicle or facilities necessary to operate alternative fuel vehicles, a high-efficiency combined heat and power facility, a high-performance home, a homebuilder-installed renewable energy system or a research development and demonstration facility that complies with the rules in place. A Sustainable Building Practices Facility means a a building that LEED-certified, or is rated and certified by a program approved by the Oregon Department of Energy. In addition to achieving LEED certification, a facility must also earn at least two points under LEED Energy and Atmosphere Credit 1 (Optimize Energy Performance) and at least one point under LEED Energy and Atmosphere Credit 3 (Enhanced Commissioning).
City/Town
In effect
Sherwood Municipal Code, Title 16, Division V, Ordinance 2011-011
Sherwood, OR
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2011, the City of Sherwood adopted Ordinance 2011-011, allowing commercial development projects to earn three of the minimum five miscellaneous points required for development review by pursuing LEED certification.
State
In effect
Renewable Energy Development Sub-account, Chapter 730
OR
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Platinum
In 2011, Oregon enacted Chapter 730, establishing the Renewable Energy Development Sub-account. To receive a tax credit, a project must earn LEED Platinum certification or a nationally- or regionally-recognized sustainable building program with similar performance standards.
State
In effect
Oregon Chapter 467
OR
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2011, the State of Oregon enacted Chapter 467, allowing schools to finance projects through qualified energy conservation bonds, and receive lower interest loans from the Clean Energy Deployment Fund. If proceeds from bonds are used for construction, a project must earn LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
Central Point Municipal Code, Chapter 17.67
Central Point, OR
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the City of Central Point enacted a city charter that strongly encourages sustainable design practices and standards, recommending that industry accepted standards, such as LEED.
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.
City/Town
In effect
Eugene Sustainable Municipal Building Policy, Resolution 4884
Eugene, OR
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2006, the Eugene City Council adopted Resolution 4884, creating the Sustainable Municipal Building Policy, which requires all new municipal buildings over 10,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. The resolution encourages projects to earn LEED Gold or LEED Platinum, where practical and when funding is available. The resolution also requires that all new municipal buildings under 10,000 square feet follow LEED guidelines and that all existing municipal buildings be maintained and operated in accordance with LEED for Existing Buildings. New construction less than 10,000 square feet should achieve the equivalent of at least a LEED Silver certification level where technically feasible. Projects of any size for which certification is not feasible due to technical reasons should incorporate as many sustainable features as economically feasible, using LEED as a guide. The policy further stipulates that major renovation projects should use LEED as a guide and will be evaluated for certification on a case-by-case basis.
State
In effect
Commonwealth Leadership in Addressing Climate Change and Promoting Energy Conservation and Sustainable Governance, Executive Order 2019-01
PA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2019, the Governor of Pennsylvania issued Executive Order 2019-01, requiring all agencies to reduce energy consumption, such as by earning LEED certification.
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.
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
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
Philadelphia Municipal Code, 17-100, Chapter Bill 080025
Philadelphia, PA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Philadelphia City Council adopted Bill 080025, requiring all new and major renovations of municipal buildings over 10,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification.
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
In effect
Sustainable Development for Publicly Financed Buildings, Pittsburgh Municipal Code, Article VI, Chapter 915, Ordinance 2008-0027
Pittsburgh, PA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Pittsburgh City Council adopted Ordinance 2008-0027, requiring all projects receiving Tax Increment Financing and all new construction on municipal owned property of 10,000 gross square feet or greater or if the total project costs exceeds two million dollars, and renovations of municipal owned property where the total project costs exceeds two million dollars to earn LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
West Hanover Municipal Code, Chapter 195, Article XVIII, Section 195-103, Ordinance 2009-02
West Hanover, PA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the West Hanover Township enacted Ordinance 2009-02, requiring retail stores over 75,000 square feet constructed in the CH District to achieve LEED Silver certification.
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
In effect
Westtown Municipal Code, Article XX, Section 70-2009, Ordinance 2008-1
Westtown, PA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, Westtown Township adopted Ordinance 2008-1, giving strong consideration to construction site plan applicants that incorporate design principals consistent with LEED.
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.
City/Town
In effect
Doylestown Green Points Program
Doylestown, PA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Doylestown Borough Council adopted Resolution 2007-10, providing a 60% reduction in applicable building permit fees for new commercial and residential construction, additions, and interior remodels earning a minimum of LEED Silver certification. Non-LEED certified projects may earn fee reductions by demonstrating compliance with green building practices.
State
In effect
Pennsylvania Act 46
PA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2005, the Pennsylvania legislature enacted Act 46, amending school construction reimbursement rates for Pennsylvania Public Schools, specifically adjusting the approved building construction cost of LEED Silver, Gold, or Platinum-certified school by providing an extra $470 per pupil as determined by the board of educations rated pupil capacity in elementary schools, and $620 per pupil in secondary schools.
State
In effect
Rhode Island Lead by Example Program, Executive Order 15-17
RI
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2015, the Governor of Rhode Island issued Executive Order 15-17, establishing the Lead By Example Program within the state's Office of Energy Resources. The EO also directs the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to develop a standard of building operations and maintenance, which may be achieved through LEED certification.
State
In effect
Executive Order 05-14
RI
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2005, the Governor of Rhode Island issued Executive Order 05-14 requiring all new construction and renovations of public buildings to be designed and constructed to earn LEED certification, or a state-approved equivalent high performance green building standard. All major facility projects of public school districts are also required to be designed and constructed to LEED certification standard, or to a state-approved alternative standard.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 2008-05
Charleston, SC
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the City of Charleston adopted Resolution 2008-05, requiring all new municipal buildings to earn LEED certification.
State
In effect
South Carolina Energy Efficiency Act, H 3034
SC
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Governor of South Carolina enacted H3034 establishing the South Carolina Energy Efficiency Act. The law requires all state-funded new construction projects larger than 10,000 square feet, including K-12 schools, or renovation project in which the project involved more than 50% of the replacement value major to earn LEED Silver certification. Agencies are required to use the most current edition of the rating system available at the time of registration and earn at least 40% of the available points under the Optimize Energy Performance credit.
State
In effect
South Dakota High-Performance Building Requirements for State Buildings
SD
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Governor of South Dakota enacted SB 188, requiring new construction and major renovations of state-owned buildings larger than 5,000 square feet or costing at least $500,000 to earn LEED Silver certification, or a state-approved alternative standard. The law was amended in 2015, by the enactment of HB 1029, which updated the standard to LEED v4 and increased the threshold for compliance to $1 million or more and 10,000 square feet or greater.
City/Town
In effect
Engineering and Water Quality Sustainable Sites Program
Chattanooga, TN
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City of Chattanooga established the Engineering and Water Quality Program, which allows commercial and residential projects that earn LEED certification with at least 5 points under the Sustainable Sites category (including SS 6.1 and 6.2) to receive a fee credit up to 60%.
State
In effect
Tennessee SB 1919
TN
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Governor of Tennessee enacted SB 1919, revising statutes governing housing authorities to expand opportunities for redevelopment. The revised statute permits housing authorities to finance additional investments in green building and energy efficiency, and specifically any costs related to modeling, documentation and certification fees for LEED.
City/Town
In effect
Collierville Municipal Code, Title XV, Chapter 151.154, Ordinance 2008-17
Collierville, TN
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the City of Collierville passed Ordinance 2008-17, requiring planned development districts to pursue environmental design and construction methods, such as LEED certification.
City/Town
In effect
Nashville Municipal Code, Title 16, Ordinance BL2007-1374
Nashville, TN
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Mayor of Nashville enacted Substitute Ordinance #BL2007-1374, requiring all public and publicly-funded buildings 5,000 square feet or greater (or exceeding $2 million in project costs) earn LEED Silver certification. The policy also applies to renovations of equal size or cost, but does not apply to buildings that are mostly unoccupied or provide specialized functions. All city-funded construction projects are required to complete a LEED scorecard and are strongly encouraged to maximize use of sustainable design principles.
City/Town
In effect
Houston LEED tax abatement, Houston Municipal Code, Section 44-131, Ordinance 2014-245
Houston, TX
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2014, the Houston City Council adopted Ordinance 2014-245, incentivizing new or retrofitted commercial buildings to earn LEED certification by offering a partial tax abatement for the incremental investment associated with obtaining certification. The minimum investment required for eligibility is at least $1 million for LEED Platinum certification and at least $10 million for LEED certification. The agreement is effective for up to 10 years.
City/Town
In effect
Ordinance 16911
El Paso, TX
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the El Paso City Council enacted Ordinance 16911, requiring all new city buildings larger than 5,000 square feet to meet the LEED Silver certification level, and to strive for a higher certification level whenever resources and conditions permit. The policy also encourages major renovations to incorporate LEED principles where feasible.
City/Town
In effect
Dallas Green Ordinance, Ordinance 27131
Dallas, TX
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the City of Dallas passed a Green Building Ordinance, requiring all new buildings to meet higher efficiency standards than current building energy codes. New residential buildings (one or two family homes) must meet minimum energy consumption required by the Dallas Energy Conservation Code. In Phase 2, all new buildings must comply with the Dallas Green Construction Code and be certifiable under the LEED for Homes standard. Commercial buildings that have less than 50,000 square feet of flooring must meet minimum energy consumption required by the Dallas Energy Conservation Code. Buildings larger than 50,000 square feet must submit a LEED scorecard demonstrating that they have incorporated a number of LEED credits.
City/Town
In effect
El Paso Green Building Grant Program
El Paso, TX
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the El Paso City Council adopted the Green Building Grant Program, providing grants for commercial projects greater than 5,000 square feet and multi-family, multi-story residential projects that earn LEED certification. Grants are awarded only upon receipt of a certificate of occupancy and review of LEED certification wherein ten (10) of the seventeen (17) available points in Energy & Atmosphere credit category must be earned. Maximum grant allowance is $200,000 for LEED Platinum for new construction and $400,000 for LEED Platinum for "multistory existing buildings" that are mixed use and that have been 50% vacant for 5 years, or as further defined by the City. The policy was revised in 2012, lowering the minimum investment requirement for construction, renovation, or remodeling of a building project to $500,000, increasing the funding award level for multistory existing buildings, downtown buildings, and transit-oriented buildings that meet a minimum building square footage requirement of 8,600 square feet, and providing a 20% first installment of the anticipated grant award to approved applicants.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 2007 R-04-19-0416
San Antonio, TX
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the San Antonio City Council adopted a resolution requiring all new buildings funded and used by the City to adopt a green building policy based on the requirements for LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
Plano LEED Certification Policy
Plano, TX
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the City of Plano adopted a policy requiring municipal projects to achieve the highest level of LEED certification possible.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 2004-15
Houston, TX
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2004, the Houston City Council adopted Resolution 2004-15, requiring that all city owned buildings and facilities larger than 10,000 square feet use LEED standards to the greatest extent practical and reasonable, with a target of earning LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
Salt Lake City Code, Title 18, Chapter 95, Ordinance 78
Salt Lake City, UT
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2006, the Salt Lake City Council enacted Ordinance 78, requiring commercial, condominium, or apartment buildings funded through city grants, loans, or tax breaks to earn LEED certification.The ordinance also endorses the Mayor's executive order that municipal buildings achieve a minimum of LEED Silver certification.
State
In effect
Virginia Chapter 806
VA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2013, the Commonwealth of Virginia enacted Chapter 806, requiring that all new and majorly renovated (above 50% of the structures assessed value) state-owned facilities over 5,000 square feet be designed and constructed in a manner consistent with energy performance standards at least as stringent as LEED.
State
In effect
Virginia High Performance Buildings Act
VA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2012, the Commonwealth of Virginia enacted Chapter 793, requiring an executive branch agency or institution entering the design phase for the construction of a new building greater than 5,000 square feet to conform to the Virginia Energy Conservation and Environmental Standards, which incorporate LEED standards.
State
In effect
Conservation and Efficiency in the Operation of State Government, Executive Order 19
VA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2010, the Governor of Virginia issued Executive Order 19, directing all state agencies to conserve energy, water and reduce waste by requiring that all new or renovated buildings conform to LEED Silver standards, or a state-approved alternative standard. The EO also mandates that agencies only lease LEED-certified office space.
State
In effect
Executive Order 82
VA
Requirement, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Governor of Virginia issued Executive Order 82, requiring all new executive branch buildings larger than 5,000 gross square feet, or renovations to existing executive branch buildings where costs exceeds 50% of the value of the building, to earn LEED Silver certification or a state-approved alternative standard. The EO also encourages the private sector to adopt similar practices.
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
In effect
Resolution 2008-R152-2009-14
Richmond, VA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the Richmond City Council adopted Resolution 2008-R152-2009-14, requiring all new construction and major renovations of municipal buildings larger than 10,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
City of Fredericksburg LEED Certification and City Building Construction Projects
Fredericksburg, VA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the City of Fredericksburg adopted a policy requiring all new construction and major renovations of municipal buildings achieve LEED certification.
State
In effect
Code of Virginia, 58.1, 322.1, HB 239
VA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Governor of Virginia enacted HB 239, declaring energy efficient buildings to be a separate class of taxation from other real property. The code provides a tax benefit for energy efficient buildings, as defined in the code as meeting LEED performance standards - or the standards in other state-approved certifications.
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.
City/Town
In effect
Roanoke Municipal Code, Chapter 32, Division 9, Ordinance 37768
Roanoke, VA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, Roanoke adopted Ordinance 37768, creating a separate tax status and rate for certain energy-efficient buildings, including buildings that meet or exceed LEED performance standards.
State
In effect
Executive Order 48
VA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Governor of Virginia issued Executive Order 48, instructing all state agencies and institutions constructing state-owned facilities over 5,000 gross square feet, and renovations valued at 50% of the assessed building value, to be designed and constructed consistent with energy performance standards at least as stringent as LEED or Energy Star. The EO also instructs the Commonwealth to give preference when leasing facilities for state use to facilities meeting LEED or Energy Star.
City/Town
In effect
Herndon Municipal Code, Article XI, Section 78-113.2 Ordinance 09-O-11
Herndon, VA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the City of Herndon adopted Ordinance 09-O-011, establishing open space requirements for new developments. Achieving LEED's green roof credit is a compliance option for satisfying the open space requirement.
City/Town
In effect
Charlottesville Municipal Code, Chapter 30, Division 4, Special Tax Rate for Energy-Efficient Buildings
Charlottesville, VA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
The City of Charlottesville offers a one-time reduced tax rate of 50% on buildings that meet or exceed the energy performance standards of LEED, or a city-approved alternative standard.
City/Town
In effect
Charlottesville Green Building Policy
Charlottesville, VA
Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Charlottesville City Council adopted a resolution promoting the use of green building practices. The resolution stipulates that LEED will be used to guide the design and construction process for all major City-owned buildings and renovation projects, but does not require certification with GBCI.
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.
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
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%.
City/Town
In effect
Tacoma Municipal Green Building Policy, Resolution 38249
Tacoma, WA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2011, the Tacoma City Council enacted the Municipal Green Building Resolution #38249, requiring all new or renovated city facilities to earn LEED Silver certification and strive for LEED Gold. The resolution also requires all LEED-certified buildings to seek LEED Silver for Existing Buildings.
City/Town
In effect
Anacortes Municipal Code, Chapter 15.45, Ordinance 2814
Anacortes, WA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the City of Anacortes adopted Ordinance 2814, granting LEED-certified multi-family housing developments in residential target areas eligibility for an eight-year property tax exemption.
City/Town
In effect
Shaw-East Pioneer Overlay Zones, Ordinance 2937
Puyallup, WA
Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City of Puyallup enacted Ordinance 2937, encouraging new construction located in Shaw-East Pioneer overlay zones to pursue LEED certification.
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
In effect
Auburn Municipal Code, Chapter 18, Section 49, Ordinance 6245
Auburn, WA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2009, the City of Auburn enacted Ordinance 6245, creating a points system gauging a project's compliance with the City's mixed-use development provisions. Projects are required to meet a minimum of 100 points through a combination of design and construction practices. Residential projects earn 15 points for earning LEED for Homes or Neighborhood Development certifications, and 5 additional points for each subsequent level of certification achieved (Silver, Gold, or Platinum). Mixed-use development projects earn 15 points if the residential portion of the project LEED for Homes or Neighborhood Development certifications, with 5, 10 or 15 additional points for LEED Silver, Gold, or Platinum certifications, respectively. The non-residential portion of the project also earns 15 points for earning LEED certification, with 5 points for each additional level of certification achieved.
City/Town
In effect
Seattle Priority Green Expedited Permitting Program
Seattle, WA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2009, the City of Seattle created the Priority Green Expedited Permitting Program, which provides priority scheduling and expedited initial review and permitting to commercial and residential projects that earn LEED Gold or Platinum certifications. To qualify for the incentive, projects must also achieve Priority Green requirements for energy and water conservation, waste reduction, and indoor air quality including demonstrating at least 15% lower annual energy use than the 2015 maximum energy use allowed by the 2015 Seattle Energy Code.
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
City of Edmonds Sustainable Building Policy, Resolution 1168
Edmonds, WA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Edmonds City Council adopted Resolution 1168, requiring all new city-owned facilities larger than 5,000 square feet and major renovations to earn LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
Lynnwood Multi-unit Housing Property Tax Exemption, Ordinance 2681
Lynnwood, WA
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the City of Lynnwood enacted Ordinance 2681, requiring multi-family residential projects in target areas (defined as areas designated by the city council to be lacking sufficient available, convenient, attractive, liveable, and desireable residential housing) seeking a tax exemption to earn LEED Silver certification.
City/Town
In effect
Everett Municipal Code, Chapter 16.3, Ordinance CB0705-27
Everett, WA
Requirement, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2007, the Everett City Council enacted Ordinance CB 0705-27, requiring new municipal buildings larger than 5,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. The policy also encourages appropriate departments to budget for and attend sustainable building training and/or obtain LEED accreditation, and additionally instructs the City to encourage LEED through land use regulations, building codes, and development standards.
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.
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.
State
In effect
High-Performance Public Buildings, Chapter 39.35D
WA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2005, the Governor of Washington enacted a policy requiring projects larger than 5,000 square feet that receive capital funds to earn LEED Silver certification, with the intention that, by 2009, all new construction projects and major renovations receiving Washington State funds would be built to a green standard. The policy also requires all K-12 schools to earn LEED Silver certification or a state-approved alternative standard.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 2004-11
Issaquah, WA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2004, the City of Issaquah enacted Resolution 2004-11, requiring all new city facilities and buildings and major renovations over 5,000 square feet of occupied space and with project budgets of $250,000 to earn LEED Silver certification. The resolution further encourages city projects to seek the highest level of LEED certification possible. To incentivize certification in the private sector, developers intending to use LEED may receive free professional consultation, and projects achieving LEED certification are granted expedited permit review.
City/Town
In effect
Resolution 08-00109
Madison, WI
Requirement, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Madison City Council adopted Resolution 08-00109, requiring all new municipal buildings over 5,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification. The resolution also encourages private developers to follow LEED guidelines and to pursue LEED certification.
State
In effect
High Performance Green Building Standards and Energy Conservation for State Facilities and Operations, Executive Order 145
WI
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, the Governor of Wisconsin issued Executive Order 145, directing the Department of Administration to establish and adopt building construction and maintenance guidelines based on LEED for New Construction and LEED for Existing Buildings. Any project that pursues LEED certification as part of the initial project request will be supported by Department of Administration.
City/Town
In effect
Morgantown Green Building Leadership Initiative
Morgantown, WV
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2006, the City of Morgantown passed a resolution requiring construction or major renovations of city-owned, -managed, or -operated facilities and buildings over 10,000 square feet to earn LEED certification.