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Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency

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City of Indianapolis - Green Building Incentive Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 10/30/2014
Program Overview:
State: Indiana
Incentive Type: Green Building Incentive
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Clothes Washers, Dishwasher, Refrigerators, Dehumidifiers, Ceiling Fan, Water Heaters, Lighting, Chillers , Furnaces , Boilers, Heat pumps, Central Air conditioners, Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, Whole House Fans
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Photovoltaics, Wind, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Geothermal Direct-Use
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial, Residential, Nonprofit, Schools, Local Government, Construction, State Government, Fed. Government, Multi-Family Residential, Low-Income Residential, Agricultural, Institutional
Start Date:08/01/2010
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The Indianapolis Office of Sustainability and the Department of Code Enforcement offer reduction in permit fees for projects achieving certain green building criteria. Property owners and developers constructing new buildings or completing major renovations on existing buildings are eligible to receive the incentive. Projects located within Indianapolis or Marion County are eligible.

There are six green building categories. Meeting the minimum criteria for three categories qualifies the project for a 30% rebate on permit fees.  For each additional category that the project meets, it will receive an additional 10% off permit fees. The maximum rebate amount is 50%. The six categories are:

  • Water Quality/Quantity
  • Transportation
  • Energy
  • Materials
  • Site
  • Innovation Design

Detailed requirements of each of the categories are available on the program web site. In order to qualify for the energy category, the building must meet ASHRAE 90.1-2007 guidelines and/or utilize on-site renewable energy. Residential buildings must use EnergyStar rated (or equivalent) HVAC systems, lighting systems, and appliances. In order to apply for the permit rebate, the applicant must fill out the Green Building Incentive Worksheet and submit it with all required construction documents for the initial permit review. The worksheet is available on the program web site.

  Allyson Pumphrey
City of Indianapolis
Office of Sustainability
Indianapolis, IN
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Disclaimer: The information presented on the DSIRE web site provides an unofficial overview of financial incentives and other policies. It does not constitute professional tax advice or other professional financial guidance, and it should not be used as the only source of information when making purchasing decisions, investment decisions or tax decisions, or when executing other binding agreements. Please refer to the individual contact provided below each summary to verify that a specific financial incentive or other policy applies to your project.

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