[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Cranford as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 11-14-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-46 (Ch. 106 of the 1992 Code)]
The Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Rating System for New Construction & Major Renovations (LEED — NC), Version 2.1, adopted November 2002, revised March 14, 2003, and the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design — EB Green Building Rating System for Existing Buildings, Upgrades, Operations and Maintenance, Version 2, adopted October 2004, updated July 2005, both promulgated by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), are hereby adopted by reference and incorporated into this chapter.
The Township supports the use of green building practices and adopts the use of the USGBC's Leadership in Energy Design (LEED) Rating System for the design and construction of new buildings and major renovations and additions to Township-funded facility projects. In addition, the Township adopts LEED-EB for its existing buildings.
The Township will incorporate life-cycle and total cost accounting in the design, construction and maintenance of all Township-owned and -financed buildings.
The Township adopts a policy that Township-funded facility projects and Township-owned facilities meet a minimum LEED Silver rating.
The first LEED project will be viewed as a pilot for this initiative and will be evaluated to make further recommendations to the Township Committee.
The Township of Cranford encourages redevelopers seeking redeveloper status through redevelopment agreements to adopt the LEED Rating System. To encourage projects to achieve formal LEED certification from the USGBC, Cranford Township has established a Green Building Density Incentive Program. Redevelopers shall be permitted to request an incentive, such as a slightly larger building than would normally be allowed, if the project receives official LEED certification from the USGBC at one of the four LEED award levels. The incentive allowed will vary depending on the project and on the LEED award sought. The use of the program shall be incorporated in redevelopment agreements adopted by the Township.
Redevelopers must submit the following information to the Township for each project:
Name of the LEED accredited professional working on the project. Each project must include a LEED accredited professional as part of the project team. This team member advises the project team on LEED issues and ensures that the specific LEED credits for the project are achieved.
LEED scorecard. A LEED scorecard must be submitted as part of its plan. The scorecard must be accompanied by an explanation of how each credit will be achieved or why the credit cannot be achieved for the project. Prior to issuance of specific permits, reports must be submitted outlining progress on achieving LEED credits. A specific number of LEED credits will be negotiated and included in the project.
Construction waste management plan. Prepare and implement a construction waste management plan. The plan must outline where waste will be sent for recycling, reuse, reprocessing or disposal. A letter from each of the recipient facilities must be included.
Energy star. For multifamily residential projects, appliances and fixtures must meet the United States Environmental Protection Agency's energy star standards. Projects must include energy star compliant clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, ceiling fans, ventilation fans (including kitchen and bathroom fans), light fixtures (halls and common areas) and exit signs. To enhance energy efficiency further, the project must also choose and install two of the following energy star components: programmable thermostats (in residential units), residential light fixtures, windows and doors, and HVAC systems.
Redevelopers applying for the Cranford Green Building Density Incentive Program must register their projects with the USGBC. Proof of registration must be submitted to the Township, followed by quarterly updates that identify the progress of the project and points achieved. Projects must be certified by the USGBC at the agreed upon level.