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Chicago's Green Permit Program

It is not uncommon these days to hear the word "green" affiliated with the Windy City. Efforts to promote the use of energy efficient technologies and practices are steadily increasing in both the public and private sectors. Chicago's Department of Construction and Permits (DCAP) has created an incentive that encourages inclusion of environmentally conscious design elements by promising developers savings of both time and money.

Architects, developers and building owners can be part of an expedited permit process by simply adding elements of green building strategies and technologies from a menu of items created by DCAP. Projects admitted into the Green Permit Program can receive permits in less than 30 business days as opposed to the 60 to 90 that are normally allotted for permit issuance. Participants that display a particularly high level of green strategy can possibly have consultant code review fees waived as well. A team of green building design experts compiled by the city help applicants navigate the permit process to ensure timely implementation of these technologies.

Some items incorporated in the green menu include green roofs or rooftop gardens, renewable energy through sources such as wind power or solar panels and proof of extra affordability that enhances the housing opportunities to a wide range of Chicago residents. In addition commercial, industrial and residential projects must achieve various levels of certification from EnergyStar and meet criteria of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.

Read more about Chicago's Green Permit Program. For information about building green in the city, investigate the Chicago Center for Green Technology. Additional financial incentives for building green can be found in Index Publishing's current eNewsletter "Know the Code."