Northbrook Gives Rebates for LEED-Certified Homes

February 01, 2010

To promote Green building techniques in public and private sector construction projects, the Village of Northbrook has a great incentive program – giving rebates for LEED-certified homes.  Even during the depths of winter, Chicago real estate and new homes are looking a little greener in 2010.

Northbrook uses the LEED rating system to distinguish different levels of sustainability in construction projects. In exchange, for building green, there is a rebate for Covered Permit Fees (permits issued by Northbrook’s Building & Development Department for new buildings, additions, demolitions, alterations and site work) based on the LEED rating of the project.

LEED Certification

Rating Permit Fee Rebate
Certified 10%
Silver 20%
Gold 30%
Platinum 40%

Bonus: if you’re one of the first LEED-certified buildings in a property class, the permit fee is completely waived at 100%!

What is LEED?  The U.S. Green Building Council (“USGBC”), an organization comprised of the nation’s foremost leaders from the building industry, is committed to promoting the development of buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. To this end, the USGBC has developed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (“LEED”) Green Building Rating Systems, which are performance?oriented rating systems for both new construction and existing buildings based on generally accepted energy and environmental principles.

Permit rebates are yet another financial incentive for homebuilders to build to LEED standards.  Here is a link to Northbrook’s Green page, where Green Building Incentives are covered. Or click here to view the full Northbrook green building incentive policy.

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Jason La Fleur is the Chair of the USGBC Illinois chapter's Residential Green Building Committee, and is a Project Manager for the Alliance for Environmental Sustainability. He is a member of the national US Green Building Council (USGBC) Education Committee, and assisted with creating the education standards for LEED AP continuing education. Jason is also the chair of the Education Committee for the Illinois Solar Energy Association, and an instructor for the organization. For six years, he developed courses for real estate appraisers and led the Appraisal Institute's Green Building Project Team, working with sustainability-minded real estate professionals. Additionally, he is actively involved in residential green building and the LEED for Homes program in the Chicago region. Jason holds a Master’s in Education from the University of Illinois, and has over ten years of project management and curriculum development experience. Further dedication to sustainability is demonstrated in his LEED Accredited Professional designation.

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