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Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/29/09 @ 2:55pm

The City of Cleveland is touting its new green building policy. All projects seeking public funding and incentives now have to meet the requirements set forth in the "Cleveland Green Building Standard Handbook" which was produced by the city's Department of Community Development. The standard is based on the nationally recognized green building criteria and standards of Enterprise Foundation's Green Communities Initiative.

And, starting in 2010, to qualify for residential tax abatement under Cleveland's Community Reinvestment Area (CRA) tax abatement program all new construction and rehabilitation projects will need to meet or exceed the Cleveland Green Standard.

More green building updates

  • The Cleveland EcoVillage continues to be a lab for cutting edge green residential construction. In 2004, it was the location for Cleveland's first green townhomes. Last week, it introduced a new way of living green and small with the ribbon cutting of the first green cottage.
  • Green Energy Ohio has launched a rebate program to install a residential solar thermal system. Read more here.
  • The Affordable Green Housing Center of Environmental Health Watch (EHW) will work with the Cuyahoga County Department of Development on several deep energy retrofits of abandoned properties. Read more.
  • The Greenhouse Tavern is the first certified Green Restaurant in Ohio and a sign of the strength of 'local food' economy and of the desire for urban living in Northeast Ohio. Read more.
  • Green Building Coalition awakens from its year-long slumber and reforms as the Northeast Ohio chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, with a broad agenda to ramp up green building in the area. Read more.

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