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Lincoln County - LEED-Certified Building Incentive Program   

Last DSIRE Review: 05/25/2012
Program Overview:
State: North Carolina
Incentive Type: Green Building Incentive
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Passive Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Wind, Biomass, Geothermal Heat Pumps, Daylighting
Applicable Sectors: Commercial, Industrial
Authority 1:
Date Enacted:
County Resolution

Lincoln county is providing an incentive for the construction of certified green buildings in the commercial and industrial sector. Only newly constructed buildings are eligible, and they must have a minimum tax assessed value of $2,000,000. The county has chosen the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system as the standard for the program, but may accept projects on a case-by-case basis that are certified through a functionally equivalent certification standard adopted by a functionally similar certification body.

The program will exempt the project from the following fees:

  • Up to 95% of the building permit fees
  • Up to 95% of the sewer tap fees
  • Up to 95% of the water tap fees
  • Up to 95% of the sewer capacity development fees
  • Up to 95% of the water capacity development fees

The cap on incentives is the lesser of $200,000 or the following values which are based on the building's tax value and the level of LEED certification acheived by the building:

  • LEED Certified: 0.1% of the building's tax assessed value
  • LEED Silver: 0.2% of the building's tax assessed value
  • LEED Gold: 0.5% of the building's tax assessed value
  • LEED Platinum: 1.0% of the building's tax assessed value

See Exhibit A of the County Resolution, or contact Lincoln County Planning and Inspections for more information.

  R. S. Williams, AICP
Lincoln County Planning and Inspections
302 North Academy Street
Lincolnton, NC 28092
Phone: (704) 736-8472
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