Philadelphia considers more incentives for green building

Developers could be allowed additional height, floor area on projects that meet benchmarks.

June 24, 2015 |
Philadelphia considers more incentives for green building

A bill to give height and denisty bonuses to developers was introduced to the Philadelphia City Council. Image: Pixabay

Two members of the Philadelphia City Council have introduced a bill that would provide height and density bonuses for developers who design buildings that meet targeted environmental and energy benchmarks.

The bill would allow additional an additional 12 feet of building height for LEED Silver projects in the Central Delaware Overlay district. The city already allows bonuses for projects that are certified LEED Gold and LEED Platinum.

LEED Gold buildings can earn an additional 24 feet of height, and LEED Platinum buildings can earn up to 36 additional feet. The bill would also allow an additional 25% of floor area in certain areas of the city.

“We are serious about achieving Mayor Nutter’s goal of becoming the Greenest City in America, and, therefore, are consistently on the lookout for new, innovative ways to incentivize going green,” said Councilwoman Reynold Brown, a sponsor of the bill.

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