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City/Town
Amended
Cupertino Municipal Code, Title 16, Chapter 16.58, Ordinance 12-2009
Cupertino, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2012, the Cupertino City Council adopted Ordinance 12-2099, requiring new residential projects conisting of nine homes or more, or multi-family building developments that consist of nine individual living units or more, to earn LEED Silver certification or a city-approved alternative standard. Non-residential developments exceeding 25,000 square feet must earn LEED certification, and developments exceeding 50,000 square feet must earn LEED Silver certification. Multi-family or commercial renovations and/or additions with a Floor Area Ratio increase of 50% and at least 35,000 square feet must earn LEED for Existing Buildings or a city-approved alternative standard.
City/Town
Repealed
Sonoma Municipal Code, Chapter 14.2, Green Building, Ordinance 03-2009
Sonoma, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Sonoma City Council adopted Ordinance 03-2009, which required all new commercial and industrial buildings larger than 5,000 square feet and all new residential buildings to adhere to a green building rating system, including LEED. The policy was repealed in 2011 by Ordinance 09-2010.
City/Town
Replaced
Ordinance 2348
Redwood City, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Redwood City Council adopted Ordinance 2348, requiring all residential and commercial new construction or renovations larger than 1,000 square feet to submit a green building checklist - including LEED - to qualify for a permit. Self-verification is allowed for projects less than 10,000 square feet. This ordinance was adopted in conjunction with Redwood City Resolution #14979, which endorses the adoption of a green building code. The ordinance was replaced by the California Green Energy Code (CALGreen).
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
Sunnyvale Municipal Code, Title 39, Chapter 19.39, Ordinance 2894-09
Sunnyvale, CA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level:
In 2009, the Sunnyvale City Council adopted Ordinance 2894-09, requiring new residential and non-residential public or private buildings, as well as major renovations, to comply with green building standards. LEED may be used as an alternative compliance path provided that energy or other performance requirements are achieved. The ordinance also provides a floor area ratio bonus and a plaque for projects that comply.
City/Town
In effect
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
Replaced
Resolution 3326
Monte Sereno, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Monte Sereno City Council adopted Resolution 3326, requiring all new or renovated public buildings over 5,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification and to complete a green checklist for all new commercial and residential development applications. The resolution also established LEED and Green Point as the city's standards for green building practices. This ordinance was replaced by CALGreen.
City/Town
Amended
Long Beach Municipal Code, Chapter 21.25, Ordinance 09-0013
Long Beach, CA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2003, the City of Long Beach created a Municipal Green Building Policy, which required new City buildings over 7,500 square feet to earn LEED certification. In 2009, the City of Long Beach adopted Ordinance 09-0013, requiring that all new construction or renovations to residential or mixed-use buildings of 50 dwelling units and 50,000 square feet, non-residential buildings of 50,000 square feet or more, and projects for which the City provides any portion of the funding, earn LEED certification. The updated policy also requires new buildings on City land exceeding 7,500 square feet are also required to earn LEED Silver certification. A project that earns LEED Gold or Platinum certification may be eligible for flexibility in regard to certain development standards including usable open space and off-street parking requirements. The policy does not require projects to certify with USGBC.
County
Repealed
Marin County Building Code, Ordinance 3533
Marin County, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2010, the Marin County Board of Supervisors enacted Ordinance 3533, requiring new commercial projects over 5,000 square feet to earn LEED Silver certification and requiring projects exceeding 50,000 square feet to earn LEED Gold certification. Projects under 5,000 square feet must submit a LEED checklist and comply with prerequisite credits. Commercial renovations valued at less than $500,000 or between 500-4,999 square feet are encouraged to abide by certain voluntary green building practices. Commercial renovations valued between $500,000-$5 million or between 5,000-24,999 square feet are required to comply with the same specified green building practices. Commercial projects valued greater than $5 million or exceeding 25,000 square feet are required to earn LEED Silver certification.
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
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
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
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.
County
Amended
Resolution 08-0947
Sonoma County, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, Sonoma County adopted Resolution 08-0947, requiring the adoption of mandatory green building standards for commercial and residential developments. The resolution suggests implementing an ordinance which requires new commercial construction to achieve 20 LEED points and residential and mixed-use buildings to achieve 50 BuildIt Green points for compliance. In 2009, the County Board of Commissioners amended the green building program threshold to require 40 LEED points for new commercial construction.
City/Town
Repealed
Ordinance 2009-394
Big Bear Lake, CA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Big Bear Lake City Council adopted Ordinance 2009-394, establishing a green building program for residential, commercial, and industrial projects. The policy requires all new commercial and industrial buildings to complete a LEED checklist. To qualify for incentives, a project must demonstrate that it could achieve LEED certification. Incentives include expedited plan review; priority building inspection; development impact fees will be automatically deferred to final building inspection; and recognition by the City Council. Green buildings also receive a plaque fom the City, and are recognized on the City website and in other promotional materials.
City/Town
Repealed
Ordinance 956
Larkspur, CA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Larkspur City Council adopted Ordinance 956, requiring LEED or Build It Green certification for the construction and renovation of residential, commercial and public buildings. The policy required construction or major renovations of single-family and multi-family residences over 500 square feet to earn LEED for Homes or Build It Green certification, new commercial developments less than 5,000 square feet to meet LEED certification standards, new construction projects greater than 5,000 square feet to achieve LEED Silver certification, and commercial renovations to earn at least 25% of the total LEED points available or the equivalent of LEED certification. All city-sponsored public facilities were required to achieve LEED Silver certification. The ordinance was repealed in 2011.
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
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
Repealed
Ordinance 2009-02
Mountain Village, CO
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Gold
In 2009, the Home Rule Municipality of Mountain Village Council adopted Ordinance 2009-02, adopting new prescriptive energy and green building standards. The ordinance covered all new residential and commercial construction. It allowed LEED Gold certified buildings with HERS rating equivalent to Green Building Standard requirements for home size to be exempt from both the Prescriptive Energy Code and the Green Building Standard and receive expedited status through the permitting process. The code also required all new commercial buildings 5,000 square feet or greater to achieve LEED Gold or higher. New commercial buildings smaller than 5,000 square feet were required comply with the prescriptive code or achieve LEED certification. The ordinance was repealed.
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
Amended
Miami Lakes Green Building Program, Ordinance 07-92
Miami Lakes, FL
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, the Miami Lakes Town Council adopted Ordinance 07-92, establishing the Town of Miami Lakes Green Building Program. The program combines incentives and requirements for buildings with construction costs exceeding $50,000. Grants are available for residential building owners who prove minimum compliance with LEED, and homeowners who prove minimum compliance with LEED for Homes. Permitting fee reductions are available for commercial applicants that prove minimum compliance with LEED. The ordinance requires that all new municipal construction greater than 5,000 square feet and renovations valued greater than $200,000 achieve LEED certification. Projects receiving greater than 50% funding from the Town are also required to achieve LEED certification.
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.
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
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.
County
In effect
Sarasota Green Building Program, Resolution 2005-048
Sarasota County, FL
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2005, Sarasota County adopted Resolution 2005-048, requiring that all new county buildings and facilities or major renovations of county buildings incorporate a LEED checklist in the planning and construction. The resolution also created the Sarasota Green Building Program, which provides incentives such as a fast-track building permit, a 50% reduction in building permit fees, and marketing for commercial and residential construction or retrofit projects that certify to LEED or a county-approved alternative standard.
County
In effect
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
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
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.
City/Town
Repealed
South Daytona Municipal Code, Chapter 5, Article XVI, Ordinance 09-09
South Daytona, FL
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the City Council adopted Ordinance 09-09, creating a green building program for all new construction and major renovations in South Daytona. New and existing commercial and residential projects that participate in the program are eligible for expedited permitting and land development plan review, reduced fees, additional sign allowances, marketing privileges and a "South Daytona Green Building Award." To qualify, projects must follow current standards of the appropriate LEED certification, or the appropriate standards of the Florida Green Building Coalition. The percentage of the permit fee reduction is dependent on certification level. The policy was repealed in 2019.
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.
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.
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
Repealed
Decatur Municipal Code, Article 10.1.6
Decatur, GA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2015, Article 10.1.6 became effective in Decatur, establishing the Unified Development Code. The code requires single-family, two-family, multi-family, commercial, or public building must achieve LEED certification or a city-approved equivalent standard. The policy was repealed in 2017.
County
In effect
Coweta County Code, Section 85
Coweta County, GA
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, Coweta County enacted a policy requiring all proposed developments in the RI-A Single-Family Residential Infill District to submit an affidavit confirming that all proposed residences will earn LEED for Homes certification, or a county-approved equivalent. New developments in the Center Village District pursuing LEED certification are eligible for a 1,000 square feet density bonus.
City/Town
Repealed
Ordinance 777
Conyers, GA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Conyers City Council adopted Ordinance 777, requiring all new residential or municipal buildings with over 5,000 square feet of occupied space to earn LEED certification, or to pursue a city-approved equivalent standard. This requirement has been repealed.
City/Town
Repealed
Ordinance 09-61
Forest Park, GA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Forest Park City Council adopted Ordinance 09-61, requiring all new residential construction and renovations to earn LEED certification, or a city-approved equivalent standard. The ordinance was repealed in 2015.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
County
Elapsed
Bill 28-08
Baltimore County, MD
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED Silver
In 2008, the Baltimore County Council adopted Bill 28-08, increasing the available tax credits for new residential buildings that earn LEED certifications. LEED Silver-certified buildings are eligible for a 40% property tax credit (up from 30%), LEED Gold-certified buildings are eligible for a 60% tax credit (up from 50%), and LEED Platinum-certified buildings are eligible for a 100% credit (up from 75%). The tax credits were in effect for three years, or up to $1 million in total incentives. The program elapsed in 2011.
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
Repealed
Milford Municipal Code, Article XI, Chapter 94, Section 94-305
Milford, MI
Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2005, the Milford City Council adopted Ordinance 231-106, permitting the development of single-family residential clusters, under certain circumstances, in situations where the normal subdivision approach would otherwise be restrictive owing to the presence of environmentally sensitive lands on the site. These developments must provide a public benefit, including through demonstrating adherence to LEED principles.
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.
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
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
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.
State
Elapsed
NY A10684
NY
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2008, the Governor of New York enacted A10684, authorizing the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to create and administer a green residential building grant program to encourage the construction of new homes and the renovation of existing homes that follow green building standards and criteria based on LEED for Homes. NYSERDA was authorized to provide incentives to qualified owners between 2010-2013.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Elapsed
Columbia Green Building Incentive Program
Columbia, SC
Requirement, Incentive
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2010, the City of Columbia established the Green Building Incentive Program, using funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The program requires commercial projects to earn LEED certification, and single-family residential projects to earn LEED for Homes certification, or a state-approved alternative national standard. LEED-certified buildings are eligible for expedited plan review, expedited permitting, and recognition by the City on the City's website and various media outlets. Financial incentives were also awarded on a sliding scale to projects based on the level of LEED certification earned. Government projects or projects required by law to meet green building standards are not eligible.
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
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%.
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.
County
Amended
Fairfax County Green Building Policy
Fairfax County, VA
Enabling/Encouraging legislation, Enabling/Encouraging legislation
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2007, Fairfax County adopted a Green Building Policy, which encourages residential, retail, office and other projects to follow LEED guidelines and to pursue certification. The policy was amended in 2014 to encourage industrial buildings to follow LEED guidelines, and to raise the level of recommended LEED certification in high-density areas.
City/Town
Elapsed
Bainbridge Housing Design Demonstration Project, Ordinance 2009-06
Bainbridge Island, WA
Requirement
Minimum certification level: LEED
In 2009, the Bainbridge Island Mayor and City Council approved Ordinance 2009-06, requiring Housing Design Demonstration Projects to submit proof of registration with a green building rating system, including LEED, and to provide proof of certification. In 2012, the City Council extended the program's sunset date for two more years, to August 26, 2014.