[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Doylestown 6-4-2019 by Ord. No. 395. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 76.
This chapter shall be identified at the "Green Points Program Ordinance."
The purpose of this chapter is to protect the public health, safety and welfare of Township residents by encouraging the use of cost-effective and sustainable building materials that conserve fossil fuels, water and other natural resources, and also to promote the reuse and recycling of construction materials, and reducing solid waste.
The green points initiative is a voluntary program intended to offer financial incentives in the form of reduced building permit fees for new commercial and residential construction, additions and interior remodeling. In order to qualify for green points and the consequential permit fee reduction, the applicant will be required to meet the requirements for green points. Intent to apply for the green points initiative will be indicated on the construction permit application form. Each "green point" is equivalent to a 1% reduction in the applicable permit fee. In no event, however, may a building project qualify for more than twenty-five (25) green points. Applicants shall be required to pay the full amount of the required permit fee to the Township at the time of application. Before a final inspection is requested a green points application will be submitted to the Township for review on a form provided by the Township. Any approved credit for green points shall be applied in the form of a refund once the final certificate of occupancy has been issued and all applicable fees have been paid to the Township. Applications for the green points initiative credit will not be accepted after a final inspection or certificate of occupancy has been issued. The following identify the means to secure green points and the number of points attributed to each effort.
Nonresidential projects. All nonresidential projects shall be required to comply with the United States Green Building Council requirements for a certified LEED project. Points shall be awarded as follows, once certification has been received and documentation has been submitted to the Township:
Compact land use and water conservation:
Use of rain gardens or engineered swales to filter stormwater runoff, unless otherwise required per the Stormwater Management Ordinance, the Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance, or required of any other governmental agency having jurisdiction over the project (these points are awarded only if swale is not required by site plan conditions): three points.
Planting additional trees beyond required street trees or other trees required by the Zoning Ordinance, the Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance, the Stormwater Management Ordinance, or required of any other governmental agency having jurisdiction over the project: 1/3 point for each additional tree to a maximum of two total points (six trees).
Energy Code measures: The Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code requires certain minimum measures of energy conservation for new buildings, additions, and remodels. This subsection specifies how points are to be awarded under this section for incremental increase in energy efficiency above the required minimum in each of the categories specified in the table.
LED lightbulbs installed:
LED lightbulbs for 100% of the project's lighting installed: two points.
Passive solar potential preservation and solar space heating on a wall surface equal to 10% of the unit's floor area or 150 square feet whichever is greater and located on the more southerly side of the unit: five points.
Glazing of the south wall surface adequate to provide at least 20% passive solar heating: six points.
Glazing of the south wall surface adequate to provide at least 40% passive solar heating but only if designed in conjunction with an appropriately sized thermal mass so as not to adversely affect cooling loads: 12 points.
Glazing of the south wall surface adequate to provide at least 60% passive solar heating but only if designed in conjunction with an appropriately sized thermal mass so as not to adversely affect cooling loads: 20 points.
Solar hot water heating: 10 points.
Active solar pre-plumbing: two points.
Solar generated electricity with a savings fraction of at least 25%: 20 points.
The aforementioned lists and point eligibility criteria may be amended from time to time by resolution from the Township Board of Supervisors.
Any applicant who has an interest in pursuing the green point initiative may request an interpretation from the Township Director of Code Enforcement as to the number of green points the project may be eligible to receive. The request for an interpretation shall be filed on a form prepared by the Township.
In order to receive green points and thus a reduction in building permit fees, the applicant shall provide additional third-party certifications, if required by the Building Code Official, from qualified third-party professionals appropriately certified in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, certifying that the project is eligible for certain green points. All costs for the third-party certifications shall be borne by the applicant.
In the event a court of competent jurisdiction shall declare any portion of this chapter invalid, such invalidity shall not affect the chapter in its entirety, as it was the intent of the Board of Supervisors that the chapter would have been adopted, even if the offending provision had not been included.
This chapter shall be effective five (5) days after enactment.