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LEED® Building Incentive Program

The Town of Okotoks viewed the development of several new Town buildings as a fantastic opportunity to set a ‘green’ building precedent in our community and create an incentive / rebate program for the construction of environmentally sustainable commercial and institutional buildings. From our research of other green building incentive/ rebate programs, the most economically efficient way for a municipality to proceed is through a third party certification / audit program. The most widely accepted third party certification program for commercial, light industrial and institutional buildings in North America is the LEED® Green Building Certification Program.

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Green Building Rating System has continuously grown in popularity over the past fifteen years with continual revisions made to the program to streamline the administration process and set standards for a greater variety of building systems. In 2003, when the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) was formed, they adopted and launched Canadian specific LEED® Guidelines.

LEED® Certification Details

The types of CaGBC LEED® rating systems applicable to the Town's Green Building Incentive Program are:

  1. New Construction (LEED® v4)
  2. Core and Shell (LEED® v4)
  3. Commercial Interiors (LEED® v4)
  4. Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance (LEED® v4)

After October 31, 2016, all projects must register with the LEED v4 rating system.

Program Details

Town of Okotoks incentive/ rebate program is based on a percentage return to project’s building permit fee when specific levels of LEED® Certification are achieved.

The Town is proposing the following rebate structure:

Level of LEED® NC or CS CertificationRebate Percentage to Building Permit


Building Construction Cost (CC)Building Permit Fee (0.8% of CC)

LEED® Platinum
60% rebate to BP

LEED® Gold
50% rebate to BP
LEED® Silver
40% rebate to BP
LEED® Certified
20% rebate to BP

The Town of Okotoks LEED Incentives Program.

CaGBC Information
Contact Information

Head Office
Canada Green Building Council
47 Clarence Street, Suite 202
Ottawa, ON K1N 9K1

Customer Service - LEED® Canada project inquiries & membership inquiries
E-mail: info@cagbc.org
Toll Free: 1-866-941-1184
Fax: 613-241-4782


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