LEED General Contractor Articles
Funding Green Construction Projects
the surprise of many, the government tries to modify our behavior through monetary
strategies and the same is true for promoting green construction. In this case,
we are talking about funding a green project.
There are numerous sources
for the funding of green project research and construction. They exist on the
National, State, and local level. They include grants, tax credits, and loans.
The important thing to understand when you begin a search for a source of funding
is that the government and society in general is very anxious to assist you with
your green project. We are not just waking to the global dangers. Our leaders
are already wide awake and know that green construction is an essential element
of the future health of our nation. They want to help, particularly on the state
The central clearing house for Federal Programs is the Catalog of
Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA). This website based catalog gives information
of all federal programs that supply funds to state agencies, local agencies, and
non-profit organizations. They also list programs that are available to private
developers and even individuals. This catalog can be accessed online and application
made online as well.
There are over $400 billion dollars offered in over
1,000 Federal Grant programs. These programs are all listed and explained on the
grant [dot] gov website. In addition to full information, application forms for
the grants can be downloaded from the site, and the final submission can be entered
there as well. Grants are not as easy to get as some people think, but they are
possible. They also have the major advantage over loans and other funding sources
because they do not have to be repaid in most cases.
There are several national
green construction funding opportunities. One is the Office of Energy Efficiency
and Renewable Energy (EERE). Obviously, this office is interested in Energy Efficiency
in building construction use and also of the use of renewable energy sources.
They will provide funding for research and the demonstration of these two things
in green construction. Green Communities is a five year and $555 million dollar
initiative to build a total of 8,500 environmentally health houses for low income
There are also several Foundations dedicated to green construction
funding. The Home Depot Foundation is one, and another is the Kresage Foundation.
There is help available on the State and local level also. The Database of State
Incentives for Renewable Energy (DSIRE) is one example of a State level resource.
There are also a large number of local based incentives as well. Green construction
is an interesting meeting between those looking for funding and those agencies
willing to provide it.
About the Author
This website was created to promote green building and
LEED general contractors, by Bob Moore Construction Company. Bob Moore Construction
is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the first Platinum
Level member of the north Texas chapter of USGBC, and maintains a LEED AP on staff.
A leading general contractor in Texas since 1946, Bob Moore Construction is a
member of Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), Tilt-up Concrete Association,
and the OSHA Local Partnership Program. For more information about Bob Moore Construction