The Nevada Governor's Office of Energy (GOE) administers the green building tax abatement program based on criteria set forth in the LEED or Green Globes rating system and certification from the Green Business Certification Inc., (GBCI) or the Green Building Initiative (GBI). Both LEED and Green Globes rating systems provide a complete framework for assessing building performance and meeting environmental sustainable goals. They use industry recognized standards for designing, operating and certifying green building projects. The program was instituted in 2007 as an incentive for business owners to improve the energy efficiency of new and existing buildings.
LEED or Green Globes is designed to guide and distinguish high-performance commercial and institutional projects, including office building, high-rise residential buildings, government buildings, recreational facilities, manufacturing plants and laboratories.
LEED or Green Globes for Existing Buildings (EB) helps building owners measure operations, improvements and maintenance with a goal of maximizing operational efficiency while minimizing environmental impacts.
Program Requirements, Project Certification and Benefits
Nevada provides a partial property tax abatement for new non-residential and multifamily residential green buildings, and existing buildings which are renovated to meet certain green building standards. There are four levels of certification in the LEED rating system that a building can receive Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum.
To qualify for the partial property tax abatement applicants must earn a minimum number of points for energy conservation to meet the Silver Level rating or higher through the LEED system or 2 Green Globes rating or higher through the Green Globes rating system. LEED and Green Globes building rating systems are based on a set of standards for the environmentally sustainable design, construction and operation of the building. The partial property tax abatement amount depends on the number of points awarded for optimized energy performance or energy consumption and the term is based upon the certification level achieved for a period up to 10 years. Existing buildings are limited to 5 years and capped at $100,000 per year.
For full information of the terms of the partial property tax abatement please contact our office.
Statutes and Regulations
The Green Building Tax Abatement program is authorized by NRS 701A.100-701A.110 and NAC 701A.010-701A.370 which was recently amended under R128-18.
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