Ground breaking Green Building environmental legislation was passed in Howard County on July 30, 2007. This Green Building legislation establishes standards for future commercial construction and includes incentives for going beyond the established standards.
Green building techniques use environmentally sustainable materials to construct buildings that conserve resources, both in their construction and in their future operation, and provide healthy living or working space. Howard County green building requirements and State and local tax credits are based on the United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Guidelines. Information about LEED Guidelines is available at: U.S. Green Building Council.
Green Building Requirements
Council Bill No. 47–2007, established green building standards for public and private buildings in Howard County. Effective July 1, 2008:
- Most new publicly funded buildings (30% or more County funding), larger than 10,000 square feet must attain a LEED Silver rating.
- Most new private buildings larger than 50,000 square feet must attain a LEED Certified rating.
As an incentive to promote green building, Maryland allows a green building tax credit for businesses that construct or rehabilitate a building conforming to specific standards intended to save energy and mitigate environmental impacts. The Maryland Energy Administration offers incentives such as tax credits and rebates for energy efficiency. Please visit their website for details on state residential and business programs.
Howard County also offers property tax credits for green buildings that exceed Howard County LEED certification requirements. New construction and existing buildings may qualify for tax credits for LEED-silver, LEED-gold and LEED platinum buildings.
In addition to tax credits, the Maryland Energy Administration operates a Commercial Clean Energy Grant Program. These grants are available for small or large projects. Please check the website for details and the latest requirements.