Surprise now offers a LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Certification Fee Rebate Incentive Program.
If you build a home or commercial building that’s certified under the Green Building Council’s LEED Green Building Rating System, the city will refund you a certain percentage of your building fees.
The LEED Green Building Rating System is a voluntary, consensus-based standard, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, www.usgbc.org , to support and certify successful green building design, construction and operations. The certifications are earned at one of four levels: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum.
Under the city’s rebate program, a Silver-LEED certification equals a 25% fee rebate, a Gold-LEED certification equals a 50% fee rebate and a 75% rebate will go to buildings or homes that are Platinum-LEED certified.
So, for a commercial building valued at $1 million, the plan review and building permit fees would cost about $6,400. If this building is certified as a Platinum-LEED building, than the builder would get a 75% fee rebate, nearly a $4,800 savings! A single-family home valued at $250,000 would pay $1,580 in plan review and building permit fees. If it was certified as a Gold-LEED home, the owner would receive a 50% rebate, for a savings of more than $790.
The rebates shall only be offered to property owners if the rebate application is received within one year after the issuance of the first Certificate of Occupancy for the building.
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