Green building incentives have the power to drastically shape the market, causing green building to be the norm rather than the exception. We have seen this in the City of Seattle, where Built Green certified projects now account for over half of residential new construction, in large part thanks to the City offering a Floor Area Ratio (FAR) bonus and expedited permitting in return for more sustainable development. However, one size does not fit all, and what works in Seattle might not have as much positive impact in Sedro-Wooley.
Learn more about which green building incentive policies hold promise in different regional contexts and how we, as those in the green building community, can effectively advocate for their implementation. The Shift Zero Policy Toolkit will also be introduced as a tool to spur net zero and net zero-ready building all around the region, in both urban and rural areas. Green building should be the norm—let’s make it happen!