To encourage voluntary green building, Sarasota County offers fast track permitting and reduced building permit fees to new commercial, residential or residential remodeling construction that meets FGBC or USGBC standards.
Green buildings often cost little or no more to build than conventional designs.
They are high-performance, high-quality buildings designed to last longer, and cost less to operate and maintain.
Green commercial buildings can attract desirable tenants and educated buyers who often are willing to pay a premium for the advantages afforded by green buildings.
To protect the environment, improve quality of life and promote sustainability, Sarasota County has adopted incentives to encourage both green buildings and green developments that follow the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) or the Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC) green rating systems.