Energy Efficient Development

Description: Familiarity with energy efficient design and project planning has been steadily increasing in recent years. Energy efficient planning principles can be implemented
and upheld through subdivision and site plan review regulations, zoning ordinance, and building codes.
While the return on the initial, more costly investment of energy efficient systems is usually seen in less than ten years, and as fast as only a few years, incentives can help lessen the initial cost burden. Incentives may essentially offer a subsidy to the development through possible tax deferments, deductions, credits, or abatements. Other incentives may include awarding developments a special certification status or the provision of technical and design assistance from the town. Traditional incentives such as density bonuses or reduced standards found in other ordinances may also be used. Additionally, there is the prospect of net metering or receiving a refund for excess power generated on site and pumped back into “the grid.”
This chapter of the Innovative Land Use Techniques Handbook explores energy efficient development and presents model ordinance language.

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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, NH Association of Regional Planning Commissions, NH Office of Energy and Planning and the NH Local Government Center
Date: 2008

Format: PDF Document

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