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LEED® Building Incentive Program

The Town of Okotoks viewed the development of several new Town buildings as a fantastic opportunity to set a ‘green’ building precedent in our community and create an incentive / rebate program for the construction of environmentally sustainable commercial and institutional buildings. From our research of other green building incentive/ rebate programs, the most economically efficient way for a municipality to proceed is through a third party certification / audit program. The most widely accepted third party certification program for commercial, light industrial and institutional buildings in North America is the LEED® Green Building Certification Program.

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Green Building Rating System has continuously grown in popularity over the past fifteen years with continual revisions made to the program to streamline the administration process and set standards for a greater variety of building systems. In 2003, when the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) was formed, they adopted and launched Canadian specific LEED® Guidelines.

LEED® Certification Details

The types of CaGBC LEED® rating systems applicable to the Town's Green Building Incentive Program are:

  1. New Construction (LEED® v4)
  2. Core and Shell (LEED® v4)
  3. Commercial Interiors (LEED® v4)
  4. Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (LEED® v4)

After October 31, 2016, all projects must register with the LEED v4 rating system.

Program Details

Town of Okotoks incentive/ rebate program is based on a percentage return to project’s building permit fee when specific levels of LEED® Certification are achieved.

The Town is proposing the following rebate structure:

Level of LEED® NC or CS CertificationRebate Percentage to Building Permit
CERTIFIED20%
SILVER40%
GOLD50%
PLATINUM60%

Example:

Building Construction Cost (CC)Building Permit Fee (0.8% of CC)

LEED® Platinum
60% rebate to BP

LEED® Gold
50% rebate to BP
LEED® Silver
40% rebate to BP
LEED® Certified
20% rebate to BP
$1,000,000$8,000$4,800$4,000$3,200$1,600

The Town of Okotoks LEED Incentives Program.

CaGBC Information
Contact Information

Head Office
Canada Green Building Council
47 Clarence Street, Suite 202
Ottawa, ON K1N 9K1

Customer Service - LEED® Canada project inquiries & membership inquiries
E-mail: info@cagbc.org
Toll Free: 1-866-941-1184
Fax: 613-241-4782

 

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