Lay the foundation for a greener built environment in your community through the adoption of government incentives and green building codes.
Public policy support for green buildings?
What public policy support can governments provide for green buildings? Governments may adopt a variety of incentives to stimulate green building growth in local communities, where buildings comprise 40% of energy use. These incentives can positively affect job creation and reduced air pollutions while helping fulfill contributions to sustainability. With more countries setting goals to reduce CO2 emissions and pollution, decisive action must be taken to stimulate green building growth.
Discover governments incentives.
Discover which governments have already spurred green building growth in emerging markets through incentives. Governments are motivating property developers to certify green. Check out their exact offerings or download the Government Incentives for EDGE chart.
Property Tax Incentive
Offer a lower property tax rate to developers for one or more years to offset the extra costs of building green.
Allow developers to increase the height of their buildings, either as extra floors or a percentage of total floor area.
Limit the permitting process to a minimum number of days for green construction.
Waive or partially reimburse permit fees for developers who certify their projects green.
Incentivize solutions such as solar power by providing block grants to cities and states. Or grants can go directly to developers to subsidize the cost of certification.
Set up a loan fund at the central bank level so developers who build green can receive reduced interest rates.
Train planners, building inspectors and other government staff how to qualify green building design with a software solution such as EDGE. The EDGE technical team can help.
Work with utility companies to enable building owners to generate renewable energy to the grid, resulting in carbon positive buildings which can be certified with EDGE.
Generate public support through advocacy efforts. Work with utility companies to build evidence of results and communicate successes to the public.
Green Building Legislation
Bundle a certification standard such as EDGE directly into a new set of green building codes.
Incorporate green building codes to further stimulate green building growth in your community.
Green building incentives encourage voluntary certification. Incentives work best when layered over mandatory codes which are frequently updated and enforced. Governments can endorse a green building certification with third-party verification, such as EDGE, and embed it in the building permitting process as an alternative compliance method to meet and exceed energy and water efficiency codes.
The EDGE App can be used to ensure buildings demonstrate resource efficiency of 20 percent in the categories of energy, water, and embodied energy in materials, with certification guaranteeing an independently validated approach.
Together, they create the “push and pull” that is required to achieve true market transformation.
Hear the voices of governments incorporating EDGE into their sustainability strategy.
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