Green Build Incentive Program
The general term "Green Build" refers to the use of a building process that is environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building's full life-cycle: from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition. This practice expands and complements more traditional building design concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort.
Although new technologies are constantly being developed to complement current practices in creating greener buildings, the common objective is that green buildings are designed to reduce the overall impact of the built environment on human health and the natural environment by:
• Efficiently using energy, water, and other resources
• Protecting occupant health and improving employee productivity
• Reducing waste, pollution and environmental degradation
Clay County Green Building Code
The Clay County Commission adopted the Clay County Green Building Code on September 27, 2010 with Ordinance #2010-ORD-33, which approved the creation of Chapter 150-21 of the Clay County Code of Ordinances. The Clay County Green Building Code uses the International Code Council (ICC) and National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) ICC 700-2008, National Green Building Standard™ (NGBS) and was the result of multiple public hearings in 2010 by the Clay County Building Commission (BC).
The NGBS "provides criteria for rating the environmental impact of design and construction practices to achieve conformance with specified performance levels for green residential buildings" (101.2). These graded practices encompass the full building cycle, including but not limited to site design and development, lot preparation and construction, resource efficiency, and energy efficiency,
The NGBS establishes four (4) performance levels:
1. Emerald - achieve a minimum 697 points
2. Gold - achieve a minimum 558 points
3. Silver - achieve a minimum 406 points
4. Bronze - achieve a minimum 222 points
Clay County Green Build Incentive Program
In conjunction with the adoption of the Clay County Green Building Code, a purely voluntary incentive-based program was established by Clay County Planning & Zoning Department staff along with the Clay County Green Build Committee made up of a diverse group of citizens and local area professionals stemming from the building and development community, realtors, utility companies, banking, appraisers, insurance agents, and other related outside agencies.
Building Permit Fee Rebates
During their meetings, the Committee recommended a building permit fee rebate system intended to greater encourage more green building throughout Clay County. The Committee arrived at the following structure:
• Emerald - 100% rebate
• Gold - 85% rebate
• Silver - 70% rebate
• Bronze - 50% rebate
STEP 1: Commitment Form
The normal building permit fees will still be collected at the time of issuance, but a Clay County Green Build Incentive Program Commitment Form will be submitted with the other typical building permit information. The Commitment Form is signed by the Permit Holder and Clay County Building Official, and notarized by County staff. The Permit Holder states their intended NGBS category level on the Commitment Form.
STEP 2: Final Inspection Form
In order to complete the processGreen Build Program for a project and receive the rebate amount, a Clay County Green Build Program Final Inspection Form must be completed and approved. The Clay County Building Official completes and signs the Final Inspection Form, then the Permit Holder signs and is notarized by County staff. The rebate amount will be rewarded to the Permit Holder once the Clay County Building Official has approved the Final Inspection Form to verify that the project has achieved the desired NGBS category level.
The average building permit fee for a single-family home in unincorporated Clay County is approximately $2,500, so the rebate amount could be anywhere from $1,250 for Bronze up to the full $2,500 for Emerald.