CITY OF TALLAHASSEE NEWS RELEASE:
Today, the City of Tallahassee announced the launch of its Residential Green Building Pilot Program. The program will provide an incentive of $1.50 per square foot (up to a maximum of 1500 square feet) for the construction of new and/or substantially rehabilitated “green” homes. Based upon the maximum allowable incentive of $2,250 per dwelling, the City will be able to provide incentives for 51 homes. The funding for the program comes from an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant the City received from U.S. Department of Energy in September 2009.
Joining with other city commissioners to approve the program, Mayor John Marks stated, “The creation of the Residential Green Building Pilot Program emphasizes the importance that our community places on sustainable growth. Energy efficiency and conservation incentives have proven to be very popular among Tallahassee residents and they also help to stimulate the local economy.”
To obtain the Residential Green Building incentive, a builder or homeowner is required to submit proof of green certification to the City from one of the three certification organizations operating in the State of Florida: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) or National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The program is limited to City of Tallahassee utility customers and homes for which a building permit application was submitted after January 1, 2010. The program will operate on a first come, first serve basis until funding is depleted.
The benefits of certified green homes address a number of the City’s goals relating to energy efficiency, water conservation and the protection of natural resources. In recent years there has been a significant increase in energy efficient and sustainable practices among consumers. Rising energy costs and the growth in consumer awareness of the impacts of development on our health and the environment have led many consumers to seek homes that are energy efficient and “green.”
“The City of Tallahassee is showing tremendous leadership in sustainability and a continued commitment to improving the quality of life for our residents,” said Mike Rogers, a representative from the Green Building Group, a local development and green building consultant. “This incentive program provides support to the building community and encouragement to continue new home construction at a time when it’s most critical to the recovery of our local economy. I am proud to be a part of this initiative.”
The Residential Green Building Incentive Program, along with the already established ENERGY STAR Certified New and Renovated Home Program, will be joined under the umbrella ‘City of Tallahassee Green Building Program.’ As such, the Residential Green Building Incentive Program will expand on the incentives offered by the ENERGY STAR program because a home could potentially qualify for incentives under both initiatives.
For further information and to download an application for the Residential Green Building Incentive Program, please visit the City’s website at Talgov.com.