Green Building Incentive

From Open Energy Information

Green buildings are designed and constructed using practices and materials that minimize the impacts of the building on the environment and on human health. Many cities and counties offer financial incentives to promote green building. The most common form of incentive is a reduction or waiver of a building permit fee. The U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a popular point-based certification program for green buildings. The LEED system awards points for site selection and development; material, energy and water efficiency; indoor air quality; innovation; and the application of renewable technologies. (Note that this category includes green building incentives that do not fall under other DSIRE incentive categories, such as tax incentives and grant programs.) [1]


Green Building Incentive Incentives

IncentiveIncentive TypePlaceApplicable SectorEligible TechnologiesActive
Arlington County - Green Building Incentive Program (Virginia)Green Building IncentiveVirginia: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Construction
Installer/Contractor
Multi-Family Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Passive Solar Space Heat
Solar Water Heat
Solar Space Heat
Photovoltaics
Wind
Biomass
Ground Source Heat Pumps
Daylighting
Small Hydroelectric
Yes
Burbank Water & Power - Green Building Incentive Program (California)Green Building IncentiveCalifornia: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Nonprofit
Multi-Family Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Passive Solar Space Heat
Solar Water Heat
Solar Space Heat
Photovoltaics
Wind
Biomass
Ground Source Heat Pumps
Daylighting
Small Hydroelectric
Yes
Cape Charles - STIP Minimum Sustainability Requirements (Virginia)Green Building IncentiveVirginia: Energy ResourcesIndustrial
Local Government
Passive Solar Space Heat
Solar Water Heat
Solar Space Heat
Solar Thermal Electric
Photovoltaics
No
Catawba County - Green Construction Permitting Incentive Program (North Carolina)Green Building IncentiveNorth Carolina: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Construction
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Solar Water Heat
Photovoltaics
Ground Source Heat Pumps
Yes
Chatham County - Green Building Rebate ProgramGreen Building IncentiveNorth Carolina: Energy ResourcesResidentialComprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Ground Source Heat Pumps
Passive Solar Space Heat
Photovoltaics
Solar Water Heat
No
City of Anaheim - Green Building Program (California)Green Building IncentiveCalifornia: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Passive Solar Space Heat
Solar Water Heat
Solar Space Heat
Photovoltaics
Wind
Daylighting
Small Hydroelectric
No
City of Asheville - Building Permit Fee Waiver (North Carolina)Green Building IncentiveNorth Carolina: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Solar Water Heat
Photovoltaics
Wind
Ground Source Heat Pumps
Yes
City of Ashland - Green Building Incentive (Oregon)Green Building IncentiveOregon: Energy ResourcesConstruction
Multi-Family Residential
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Custom/Others pending approval
Daylighting
Passive Solar Space Heat
Yes
City of Bloomington - Sustainable Development Incentives (Indiana)Green Building IncentiveIndiana: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Industrial
Residential
Construction
Roofs
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Solar Water Heat
Photovoltaics
Wind
Ground Source Heat Pumps
CHP/Cogeneration
Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels
Other Distributed Generation Technologies
Yes
City of Chandler - Expedited Plan Review for Green Buildings (Arizona)Green Building IncentiveArizona: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Schools
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Biomass
Daylighting
Passive Solar Space Heat
Photovoltaics
Small Hydroelectric
Solar Space Heat
Solar Water Heat
Wind
Yes
City of Chicago - Green Permit Program (Illinois)Green Building IncentiveIllinois: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Industrial
Residential
Schools
Institutional
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Passive Solar Space Heat
Solar Water Heat
Solar Space Heat
Photovoltaics
Wind
Biomass
Ground Source Heat Pumps
Daylighting
Small Hydroelectric
Yes
City of Chicago - Solar Express Permit Program (Illinois)Green Building IncentiveIllinois: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Multi-Family Residential
Low-Income Residential
Roofs
Photovoltaics
Yes
City of Columbus - Green Columbus Fund (Ohio)Green Building IncentiveOhio: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Construction
Industrial
Multi-Family Residential
Nonprofit
Retail Supplier
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingYes
City of Corona - Plan Review Fast-tracking (California)Green Building IncentiveCalifornia: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Solar Water Heat
Photovoltaics
Solar Pool Heating
No
City of Dallas - Green Building Expedited Plan Review (Texas)Green Building IncentiveTexas: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingYes
City of Indianapolis - Green Building Incentive Program (Indiana)Green Building IncentiveIndiana: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Industrial
Residential
Nonprofit
Schools
Local Government
Construction
State Government
Fed. Government
Multi-Family Residential
Low-Income Residential
Agricultural
Institutional
Clothes Washers
Dishwasher
Refrigerators
Dehumidifiers
Ceiling Fan
Water Heaters
Lighting
Chillers
Furnaces
Boilers
Heat pumps
Central Air conditioners
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Photovoltaics
Wind
Ground Source Heat Pumps
Yes
City of Philadelphia - Streamlined Solar Permitting and Fee Reduction (Pennsylvania)Green Building IncentivePennsylvania: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Multi-Family Residential
PhotovoltaicsYes
City of Portland - Streamlined Building Permits for Residential Solar Systems (Oregon)Green Building IncentiveOregon: Energy ResourcesResidentialPhotovoltaics
Solar Water Heat
Yes
City of Riverhead - Energy Conservation Device Permitting Fees (New York)Green Building IncentiveNew York: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Solar Water Heat
Photovoltaics
Yes
City of San Diego - Sustainable Building Expedited Permit Program (California)Green Building IncentiveCalifornia: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Industrial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Photovoltaics
Yes
City of Santa Monica - Building Permit Fee Waiver for Solar Projects (California)Green Building IncentiveCalifornia: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Construction
Installer/Contractor
Solar Water Heat
Solar Space Heat
Solar Thermal Process Heat
Photovoltaics
Yes
City of Santa Monica - Expedited Permitting for Green Buildings (California)Green Building IncentiveCalifornia: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Passive Solar Space Heat
Solar Water Heat
Solar Space Heat
Photovoltaics
Wind
Biomass
Ground Source Heat Pumps
Daylighting
Small Hydroelectric
Yes
City of Scottsdale - Green Building Incentives (Arizona)Green Building IncentiveArizona: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Multi-Family Residential
Equipment Insulation
Water Heaters
Lighting
Furnaces
Boilers
Heat pumps
Programmable Thermostats
Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls
Duct/Air sealing
Building Insulation
Siding
Roofs
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Custom/Others pending approval
Passive Solar Space Heat
Photovoltaics
Daylighting
Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels
Yes
City of Seattle - Density Bonus for Green Buildings (Washington)Green Building IncentiveWashington: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Biomass
Daylighting
Passive Solar Space Heat
Photovoltaics
Small Hydroelectric
Solar Space Heat
Solar Water Heat
Wind
No
City of Tucson - Permit Fee Credit for Solar Energy Systems (Arizona)Green Building IncentiveArizona: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Solar Water Heat
Solar Space Heat
Photovoltaics
Yes
Copy of Lake Worth Utilities - Energy Conservation Rebate Program (Florida)Green Building IncentiveFlorida: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Construction
Industrial
Installer/Contractor
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingNo
Costa Mesa - Fee Waiver for Green Building (California)Green Building IncentiveCalifornia: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Industrial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Custom/Others pending approval
No
County of San Bernardino - Green Building Incentive (California)Green Building IncentiveCalifornia: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Construction
Installer/Contractor
Water Heaters
Furnaces
Heat pumps
Central Air conditioners
Passive Solar Space Heat
Solar Water Heat
Solar Space Heat
Photovoltaics
Wind
Biomass
Ground Source Heat Pumps
Daylighting
Small Hydroelectric
No
Evergreen Sustainable Development Standard for Affordable Housing (Washington)Green Building IncentiveWashington: Energy ResourcesLow-Income ResidentialClothes Washers
Dishwasher
Refrigerators
Water Heaters
Lighting
Furnaces
Boilers
Heat pumps
Central Air conditioners
Caulking/Weather-stripping
Duct/Air sealing
Building Insulation
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Solar Water Heat
Photovoltaics
Yes
Frederick County - Green Building Program (Maryland)Green Building IncentiveMaryland: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Construction
Developer
Local Government
Residential
Geothermal Electric
Solar Photovoltaics
Wind energy
Yes
King County - Green Building Permitting IncentivesGreen Building IncentiveWashington: Energy ResourcesComprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingNo
LADWP - Expedited Utility Connections for Green Buildings (California)Green Building IncentiveCalifornia: Energy ResourcesCommercialComprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Passive Solar Space Heat
Solar Water Heat
Solar Space Heat
Solar Thermal Electric
Photovoltaics
Daylighting
No
LADWP - Priority Service for Green Buildings (California)Green Building IncentiveCalifornia: Energy ResourcesConstruction
Installer/Contractor
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingNo
Las Vegas - Green Building Program (Nevada)Green Building IncentiveNevada: Energy ResourcesResidentialComprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Passive Solar Space Heat
Solar Water Heat
Photovoltaics
Wind
Biomass
Fuel Cells
Daylighting
Other Distributed Generation Technologies
No
Lincoln County - LEED-Certified Building Incentive Program (North Carolina)Green Building IncentiveNorth Carolina: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Industrial
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Passive Solar Space Heat
Solar Water Heat
Solar Space Heat
Photovoltaics
Wind
Biomass
Ground Source Heat Pumps
Daylighting
Yes
Local Option - Green Building Incentives (North Carolina)Green Building IncentiveNorth Carolina: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Passive Solar Space Heat
Solar Water Heat
Solar Space Heat
Photovoltaics
Wind
Biomass
Ground Source Heat Pumps
Daylighting
Small Hydroelectric
Yes
Marin County - Green Building Incentive Program (California)Green Building IncentiveCalifornia: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Custom/Others pending approval
Solar Water Heat
Photovoltaics
Solar Pool Heating
No
Mecklenburg County - Green Permit Rebate Program (North Carolina)Green Building IncentiveNorth Carolina: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Passive Solar Space Heat
Solar Water Heat
Solar Space Heat
Photovoltaics
Wind
Biomass
Fuel Cells
Ground Source Heat Pumps
Daylighting
Small Hydroelectric
No
Miami-Dade County - Expedited Green Buildings Process (Florida)Green Building IncentiveFlorida: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Industrial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Solar Water Heat
Photovoltaics
Wind
Biomass
Ground Source Heat Pumps
Daylighting
Small Hydroelectric
Yes
Priority Permit Processing for Green Buildings (Hawaii)Green Building IncentiveHawaii: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Construction
Industrial
Installer/Contractor
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Biomass
Daylighting
Ground Source Heat Pumps
Passive Solar Space Heat
Photovoltaics
Small Hydroelectric
Solar Space Heat
Solar Water Heat
Wind
Yes
San Diego County - Green Building Program (California)Green Building IncentiveCalifornia: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Industrial
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Photovoltaics
Yes
State Agency Energy Efficiency or Renewable Energy Technology Test Program (Connecticut)Green Building IncentiveConnecticut: Energy ResourcesState/Provincial GovtBiomass/Biogas
Coal with CCS
Concentrating Solar Power
Energy Storage
Fuel Cells
Geothermal Electric
Hydroelectric energy
Hydroelectric (Small)
Natural Gas
Nuclear
Solar Photovoltaics
Tidal Energy
Wave Energy
Wind energy
Yes
Sustainable Atlanta Green Building Initiative (Georgia)Green Building IncentiveGeorgia: Energy ResourcesComprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingNo
Town of Buckeye - Green Building Incentive (Arizona)Green Building IncentiveArizona: Energy ResourcesResidentialBoilers
Building Insulation
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Duct/Air sealing
Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls
Equipment Insulation
Lighting
Daylighting
Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels
Ground Source Heat Pumps
Passive Solar Space Heat
Photovoltaics
Solar Space Heat
Custom/Others pending approval
Furnaces
Heat pumps
Programmable Thermostats
Roofs
Siding
Water Heaters
Yes
Volusia County - Green Building Program (Florida)Green Building IncentiveFlorida: Energy ResourcesCommercial
Construction
Installer/Contractor
Residential
Comprehensive Measures/Whole BuildingNo

All Green Building Incentives

References

  1. DSIRE Glossary