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Going green goes beyond using less paper and fewer plastic water bottles. As we grow as a community, so does infrastructure and building.

In the City of Palm Coast, we recognize that achieving a truly sustainable community rests heavily on public endeavors through everyday practices and private enterprise. According to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), construction and demolition debris accounts for almost 25% of the state's total Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) stream.

In addition, it has been shown through a multitude of studies how building practices and appliance choices can significantly reduce waste and energy consumption. With these principles in mind, the City created the Green Development Incentive Program and also budgeted $10,000 for program incentive reimbursement.

In fact, the City is incredibly proud that City Hall was awarded LEED certification at the Silver level for design and construction that demonstrates high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is the most widely used green building rating system in the world.

Some key green features of City Hall include: drought tolerant landscaping...

... high efficiency irrigation system using City reclaimed water...

... high efficiency plumbing fixtures...

... energy efficient lighting...

... and use of more environmentally preferred building materials and interior products.

To participate in the Green Development Incentive Plan, you must be a property owner or authorized agent; developer; contractor; or other legal entity such as an agent, employee, or independent contractor. The types of projects eligible for the program are private construction activities like new residential construction; residential retrofitting/remodeling; new commercial/non-residential construction; and existing commercial/non-residential construction.

If your project is pursuing certification from one or more of the referenced green standards, your project is eligible for program incentives. The City has embraced existing green certification standards to measure program criteria. Such standards include those published by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Green Building Initiative (GBI) Green Globes rating system, Green Lodging, Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) standard(s), Florida Friendly Landscaping, Florida Water Star, or standards or elements thereof. Please note that the Florida Building Code's minimum standards and the Unified Land Development Code (Ordinance No. 2008-16) supersede in event of conflict with program standard(s).

What are the benefits? 1) Permit Fee: Applicants participating within the Green Building Incentive Program shall receive $300 reimbursement for single-family residential and $1,000 for commercial development upon receipt of certification. This fee reduction shall not apply to re-inspection fees. 2) Utility Impact Fee: Upon receipt of the St. Johns River Water Management District Florida Water Star Certification, the Palm Coast Utility Department will reimburse 20% of the Capital Facility Fee to the Certificate holder's residential account. Reimbursement of the 20% Capital Facility Fee for commercial construction projects to the certificate holder's account. 3) Fast Tracking: Projects participating in the Green Development Program shall be given priority over projects that are not program projects during site plan review, submitted or resubmitted for review. If projects participate in this incentive, the applicant shall provide proof of green certification to the City within 180 days of construction completion, as defined by Certificate of Occupancy issue date. • Certification: The City will provide one optional and no-cost certification service per applicant specific to the FGBC standards for a new home and new commercial building. 4) Recognition: The City will promote the program project through recognition on the City web site or by other additional means such as the "Go Green" award. How do I apply for the incentives? At development review submittal, the applicant should inform the City of their intent to participate with the City's Green Building Incentive Program. In addition, the City will offer a pre-application meeting option to better facilitate project permitting commitments. Who should I contact for additional questions? Building Permit - Construction Based: Building Services Division - (386) 986-3780 City of Palm Coast Utility - (386) 986-2353 City of Palm Coast Planning - (386) 986-2458 Or visit www.palmcoastgov.com/green/green-building

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