November 20, 2018
Shift Zero Brings a Local Government Perspective to Home Efficiency Forum
The Home Efficiency Forum always convenes an exciting line up of speakers, and 2018’s conference was no different. One session of note was “What’s in Your Toolkit? Creating and Adopting Green Building Incentives,” delivered by Leah Missik of Built Green and Rose Lathrop of Sustainable Connections – both representing the Shift Zero alliance.
Missik and Lathrop shared Shift Zero’s recent effort to develop a toolkit that helps local governments identify incentives for builders that certify with green building programs. Incentives can include expedited permitting, density variances, waived fees, marketing recognition, training and more. The toolkit, currently in draft stage, will share recommendations to help cities determine which incentives make the most sense for their market – be it rural, suburban or urban.
This is big news for builders and verifiers. When cities offer incentives for green building, high-performance homes have an extra advantage in the market.
Check the Shift Zero website soon for details on the toolkit. If you are interested in promoting green building incentives in your city or county, you can also visit the BetterBuiltNW resources page for more tools to drive green building policies in your region.