High Performance Building Credit
A High Performance Building Credit is available for owners of a Commercial building that achieves at least a silver rating according to the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system or an R-2 or R-3 building that achieves at least a silver rating under the LEED for Homes Rating System or a comparable rating system that the Director of Inspections, Licenses and Permits may adopt by regulation.

Comparable systems currently recognized by the Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits are the silver certification level of the National Green Building Standard ICC-700 and the Green Neighborhood score of at least 136.

The equivalency is as follows:

LEED Level       ICC 700 Level       Green Neighborhood Equivalent 
 Platinum         Emerald       191 to 251 points
 Gold       Gold       164 to 190 points
 Silver       Silver       136 to 163 points

Tax Credits will be granted against the County Tax imposed on the building as follows:

Commercial Core & Shell or New Constructions (for five years)
LEED Silver or equivalent 25%
LEED Gold or equivalent 50%
LEED Platinum or equivalent 75%

Commercial Existing Building (for three years)