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The City of Cincinnati offers a tax abatement for any homes, new or renovated, that are LEED® certified within the city limits. 

The City of Cincinnati offers up to a $562,000 Tax Abatement for 15 years on all LEED Gold Certified Residences.  For more information please visit the City of Cincinnati CRA Website Here.

Leaders across the globe have made LEED the most widely used green building rating system in the world with 1.85 million square feet of construction space certifying every day. LEED certification provides independent verification of a building or neighborhood’s green features, allowing for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of resource-efficient, high-performing, healthy, cost-effective buildings. LEED is the triple bottom line in action, benefiting people, planet and profit.  For more information on LEED please visit usgbc.org

What is LEED for Homes? 
LEED for Homes is a consensus-developed, third party-verified rating system that provides a basis for quantifying the benefits of green homes. The rating system measures a home’s performance based on eight categories: site selection, water efficiency, materials & resources, energy & atmosphere, indoor environmental quality, location & linkages, awareness & education, and innovation. Each LEED-certified home undergoes onsite inspections and thorough performance testing to ensure proper performance.

Why is a green home right for me? 
Green homes – like LEED-certified homes – can have myriad benefits for your family, your environmental footprint, and your wallet. Generally, green homes are more comfortable and durable, more energy and water efficient, and have a smaller overall environmental footprint than conventional homes.

Why should I consider buying a LEED-certified home? 
A home that achieves LEED certification has been designed to maximize fresh air indoors, minimizing exposure to airborne toxins and pollutants, and has the potential to use 20-30% less energy – and some up to 60% less – than a home built to the International Energy Code Council’s 2006 code. Less energy use means lower utility bills every month throughout the life of the house.
Beyond energy, achieving LEED certification is a mark of leadership in green homebuilding, clearly differentiating a home as among the best in the country. LEED is like the nutrition label that demonstrates in measurable terms how a home incorporates efficient features, with the added assurance that the final product has been third party-verified and performance tested.

What is the difference between LEED for Homes and other green home programs? 
LEED is a national, third-party certification system for green homebuilding. It is designed to recognize leadership, so the program is rigorous and focused on measurable results. In addition, LEED provides a process and support system for builders to help them make informed decisions about their project, and achieve great success in green homebuilding.

Who is responsible for rating a LEED-certified home? 
Each LEED for Homes registered project is inspected by a LEED for Homes Green Rater under the guidance of a LEED for Homes Provider. Providers and Green Raters are local organizations and individuals with demonstrated experience with green building.