Model Policies

Technical assistance and financial incentives must be established to encourage compliance with a variety of established third party programs. Commercial projects receive rebates based on level of LEED certification, while residential projects receive rebates based on the number of units certified. All new municipal buildings over 10,000 ft2 must be LEED Certified

Focus: Adoption, Green and Advanced Codes
Category: Green Building, Incentive
State: California

All applicants with buildings or renovations/additions seeking LEED certification in Ashland will receive priority plan checks.

Focus: Adoption
Category: Incentive
State: Oregon

The Arlington County Green Building Density Incentive Policy applies to special exception site plan requests for bonus density and/or height. The program uses the LEED rating system as a standard for measuring each project. The floor area ratio (FAR) bonus depends on the level of LEED Certification and building type (commercial, high-rise residential). The County established a Green Building Fund; builders that do not commit to a LEED rating contribute to the Fund. The contribution is calculated at a rate of $0.045 per square foot. (This calculation is based on the fees assessed by the U.S. Green Building Council for registration and evaluation of a formal LEED application.) The Green Building Fund is used to provide education and outreach to developers and the community on green building issues. Developers must post a bond or letter of credit before a certificate of occupancy is issued. If a project receives LEED certification from the USGBC, the Fund contribution is...

Focus: Adoption, Green and Advanced Codes
Category: Incentive
State: Virginia

Public Resources Code Section 25402.1(h)2 and Section 10-106 of the Building Energy Efficiency Standards establish a process which allows local adoption of energy standards that are more energy efficient than the statewide Standards. This process allows local governments to adopt and enforce energy standards before the statewide Standards effective date, require additional energy conservation measures, and/or set stricter energy budgets. Local governments are required to apply to the Energy Commission for approval, documenting the supporting analysis for how the local government has determined that their proposed Standards will save more energy than the current statewide Standards and the basis of the local government's determination that the local standards are cost-effective. Once the Energy Commission staff has verified that the local standards will require buildings to use no more energy than the current statewide Standards and that the documentation requirements...

Focus: Adoption
Category: Energy Audits, Benchmarking, and Disclosure, Exceeding the Code, Green Building, Incentive, Lighting Upgrades, Miscellaneous, Netmetering and Submetering Policies, Retro-commissioning, Water and Landscaping
State: California

Index of Green Building Provisions in Florida Municipal Codes, 2009

Focus: Adoption, Green and Advanced Codes
Category: Energy Audits, Benchmarking, and Disclosure, Exceeding the Code, Green Building, Incentive, Netmetering and Submetering Policies, Retro-commissioning, Water and Landscaping
State: Florida

The purpose of this document is to compile and summarize city and county ordinances that provide incentives or regulations to promote sustainable development. City or county officials can use this document to aid in drafting sustainable development policies for their local area. The goal of this booklet is to increase knowledge and awareness of current policies and ordinances created around the theme of sustainable development and conservation.

Focus: Adoption
Category: Code Adoption and Compliance, Green Building, Incentive
State: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Texas, Virginia, Washington