Today, I will talk about our Green Building Incentive Program and a little on our other green initiatives.
Background: In 2008 we worked to create the Green Building Incentive Program, which is an adopted Chapter of our Codified Ordinances (Ch. 1322). The primary objective we hand in mind while developing the program was to ensure it was simple and straightforward to make it achievable and affordable. How we got there: We reviewed and evaluated green building standards and ended up basing our program on the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED standards. We wanted to promote and give credit for the use of resource efficient design, construction and operation of commercial buildings. With the wide-spread knowledge and use of the LEED standards, we knew they were an good basis for our standards. The Program: We considered the cost of compliance when we developed the program – so the idea was to minimize the administrative burden to encourage participation. So, the resulting program applies to commercial new construction and renovations in New Albany, is voluntary and does not require LEED certification.
Program Details: The program incentives range from 20% to 25% reduction in building permit fees. – It’s a small incentive to offset the cost of and green construction techniques. The incentive encourages the use of green building practices in accordance with 24 pre-determined green standards. The program reduces the commercial building permit fee by 20% if 12 standards of the 24 total are met
. A further reduction in the fee is provided if any of the LEED certification levels are achieved. For achieving the first level, “LEED Certification”, a 21% reduction is given, for “LEED Silver”, a 22% reduction, for “LEED Gold”, a 23% reduction and for “LEED Platinum”, a 25% reduction. The time and expense to obtain the LEED approvals are cumbersome. As a result many businesses do not go to the effort to gain the approvals, regardless of the use of the green techniques and materials used on their project. This program encourages green efforts of any level.
While we provide 24 standards in 8 categories (HVAC, Lighting, Plumbing, Environment, Energy, and Materials), of which 12 need to be met, we hope that as techniques and opportunities arise, other standards will be proposed that could supplement any of the standards in the code. We fully recognize that the green industry is ever-evolving and we hope to encourage the use of innovative design and materials in our buildings.
This is not a comprehensive list, but a snapshot of some of the other green initiatives New Albany is working on.
1. Be Inspired. Village of New Albany New Albany Green Building Incentive Program & Initiatives
2. New Albany Green Building Incentive Program <ul><li>Green incentive for new building and existing building renovations </li></ul><ul><li>Program intended to promote and incentivize/reward businesses for sustainable and environmentally friendly practices of design and construction </li></ul><ul><li>Became available January 2009 </li></ul>
3. Program Details <ul><li>20%-25% reduction in building permit fees </li></ul><ul><li>20% reduction for meeting minimum standards requirement </li></ul>
4. Program Details <ul><li>Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) </li></ul><ul><li>21% reduction for LEED Certified project </li></ul><ul><li>22% reduction for LEED Silver project </li></ul><ul><li>23% reduction for LEED Gold project </li></ul><ul><li>25% reduction for LEED Platinum project </li></ul>
5. Program Details <ul><li>New Buildings </li></ul><ul><li>Meet 12 of 24 green standards </li></ul><ul><li>At least one standard in every category </li></ul><ul><li>Renovations </li></ul><ul><li>Meet 3 of 24 green standards </li></ul><ul><li>Any combination in any category </li></ul>
6. <ul><li>HVAC </li></ul><ul><li>Lighting </li></ul><ul><li>Plumbing </li></ul><ul><li>Environment </li></ul><ul><li>Energy </li></ul><ul><li>Materials </li></ul><ul><li>Proposed Green Strategies subject to approval </li></ul>Green Standards Categories
7. Additional New Albany Green Initiatives <ul><li>Traffic lights converting to LED bulbs </li></ul><ul><li>Bio-diesel fuel used for Public Service fleet </li></ul><ul><li>Used Motor oil is recycled to heating oil </li></ul><ul><li>AEP GridSMART community </li></ul><ul><li>Regular street sweeping </li></ul><ul><li>MORPC & SWACO Smart Community designation for over 45% waste reduction </li></ul><ul><li>Comprehensive village center stormwater management solutions </li></ul>
8. Be Inspired. Kathryn Meyer, Deputy Development Director 614.855.3913 [email_address] www.villageofnewalbany.org