USGBC Advocacy Resources
1) Green Buildings for Cool Cities: A Guide for Advancing Local Green Building Policies, a resource generated by the Sierra Club's Cool Cities Program and the USGBC to advocate for cost-effective, local, administrative green building policies; and 2) Greening the Codes, a USGBC White Paper concerning building codes broadening their charge to include the human and environmental impacts of buildings.
Public Policy Search -- Search Local, State, and Federal public policy by USGBC Region, Certification Requirement, Size of Jurisdiction, LEED Rating System, Type of Entity, Policy Path, Incentive, and Date ... click here.
Government Resources -- The USGBC is committed to supporting Local, State, and Federal governments in their pursuit and development of green building programs and initiatives. Search USGBC resources for State and Local governments ... click here.
Tools for Government and Schools -- View a list of USGBC links, reference documents, stats and Web resources for government and schools ... click here.
LEED Initiatives in Government and Schools -- View a full list of LEED initiatives in Local, State, and Federal governments, as well as initiatives in the K-12 and higher education sectors. For each initiative, the list includes a summary, link and contact information ... click here.
Playbook for Green Neighborhoods and Buildings -- The Playbook provides local governments with guidance and resources to rapidly advance green buildings, neighborhoods and infrastructure ... click here.
Build Green Homes -- The Chapter's Residential Green Buildings webpage includes resources on what makes a home green, green home programs, living green, REGREEN remodeling guidelines, news, events and resources ... click here.
Build Green Schools -- The concept is virtually impossible to argue against -- building Green Schools is the place to start making a change in your community. The Chapters Green Schools webpage provides information to learn what makes green schools better for students, teachers and support staff, as well as your community, as well as numerous other resources ... click here.
Green Building Advocacy Stats, Facts & Incentives
- Income Tax Credits
- Property Tax Abatements
- Reduced Building and Zoning Permit Fees
- Waived/Reduced Impact Waiver Fee
- Revolving Loan Fund
- Free Technical Assistance
- Density and Height Bonuses (e.g., Developers allowed to build higher/denser if they achieve LEED)
- Policies to Reduce Code Barriers (e.g., HOA’s that prohibit solar panels on the roof; Cities that restrict waterless urinals)
- Fast-track Permitting
- Expedited Permitting
US Buildings: Impacts on Resources
- 39% of total energy consumption
- 71% of electricity consumption
- 40% CO2 emissions
- 30% of raw materials use
- 30% of waste output
- 13% of potable water consumption
Additional Construction Costs For LEED Certified Buildings
- Platinum -- 6.8%
- Gold -- 2.2%
- Silver -- 1.9%
- Certified -- .66%
Perceived Business Benefits to Green
- 8 to 9% operating cost decreases
- 7.5% building value increases
- 6.6% return on investment improves
- 3.5% occupancy rate increases
- 3% rent ratio increases
Notes to Note