27 Courthouse Square, Suite 200, Rockville, MD 20850
Guidance for Reapplications:
Energy-Efficient Buildings Application Instructions:
All fields with a red asterisk (*) are required. Click the "Next" button in the bottom right corner to fill out the Application Form. Click the "Previous" button to go back and amend information on a prior screen. Click the "Submit" button when you are ready to submit your completed Application Form to Treasury.
Once you submit this form, it cannot be amended. The County will review and verify all data reported on this form, which may alter the final Combined Energy-Efficient Buildings Property Tax Credit amount earned.
Is this Property located in a MWCOG Equity Emphasis Area?
1) Is this building newly constructed or extensively modified?
(If YES, your building may be eligible for Property Tax Credit – Newly Constructed Energy-Efficient Buildings, Montgomery County Code, Section 52-103B.)
2) Type of Building
Upload energy conservation device documentation.
Acceptable documentation includes: finaled DPS permit, vendor installation invoices
5) Have you previously received the Energy Reduction Tax Credit?
6) The Energy Efficiency Tax Credit Amount below:
To calculate the tax credit for your building, subtract the 12-month Baseline ENERGY STAR score from the Improved ENERGY STAR score, then multiply the difference by the appropriate multiplier value (determined by the Improved ENERGY STAR score tier, listed below).
Improved ENERGY STAR Score Tiers
12-month Baseline ENERGY STAR score
12-month Improved ENERGY STAR score
Property Tax Credit
z= multiplier associated with y
EXAMPLE: (Improved ENERGY STAR Score 80 - Baseline ENERGY STAR score 70) * Multiplier of 2.5 = 10 * 2.5 = 25% Property Tax Credit per year for 2 years.
TO RECEIVE THE PROPERTY TAX CREDIT, YOU MUST SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING:
Property Tax Credit Multiplier
Property Tax Credit Percent Calculated
Upload button to attach Baseline ENERGY STAR score data
Upload button to attach Improved ENERGY STAR score data
THE USE AND OCCUPANCY PERMIT FOR THE PROPERTY FROM DPS (Note: If the building cannot achieve the ENERGY STAR score, contact the Department of Environmental Protection to discuss using the USGBC alternative compliance path for Energy Use Intensity (EUI). Requests will be considered on a case by case basis. )
1) Green building certification achieved within the last 12 months:
2) Date of certification (in the last 12 months):
3) Have you previously received the Energy Reduction Tax Credit and Building Sustainability Tax Credit?
4) Building Sustainability Tax Credit Amount below:
To calculate the tax credit for your building, identify which of the following eligible green building certifications (or an approved equivalent certification) your building has achieved:
“LEED O+M” means the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system for Building Operations and Maintenance, administered by the USGBC.
“BREEAM USA In-Use" means the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method rating system for In-Use Buildings (non-domestic buildings in their operational phase) administered by BRE Global. Final ratings for both Part 1 (Asset Performance) and Part 2 (Management Performance) must be completed to be eligible for the Building Sustainability Tax Credit.
Eligible Green Building Certifications
Building Sustainability Tax Credit
LEED O+M Gold, BREEAM In-Use Excellent (or equivalent)
LEED O+M Platinum, BREEAM In-Use Outstanding (or equivalent)
TO RECEIVE THE BUILDING SUSTAINABILITY TAX CREDIT, YOU MUST SUBMIT DOCUMENTATION OF THE ELIGIBLE GREEN BUILDING CERTIFICATION, AWARDED WITHIN THE LAST 12 MONTHS.
The total tax credit granted is calculated by adding the property tax credit percentage earned from the Energy Reduction Requirement and the Equity Emphasis Area Credit to the tax credit percentage earned from your building’s green building certification.
The Combined Property Tax Credit in Percent below is the sum of tax credit calculations in Section 1 and Section 2 and is automatically calculated.
Energy Reduction Tax Credit + Equity Emphasis Areas
Total Energy Efficiency Property Tax Credit
(y-x)z + a
((y-x)z) + a + b
EXAMPLE: 25% Property Tax Credit for energy performance + LEED O+M Platinum credit of 50% = 75% Total Property Tax Credit against County property taxes per year for 2 years. If this building was in a verified Equity Emphasis Area, the Property Tax Credit would become 85% per year for 2 years.
Note that if deemed eligible for the Energy Reduction Tax Credit and the Sustainability Tax Credit, the total percentage cannot exceed 100% per year. If awarded, the property will receive a credit granted against the county taxes owed for two (2) years.
Combined Property Tax Credit in Percent (Will not exceed 100%)
The USGBC can be contacted at 1-800-795-1747, or on the web at: www.usgbc.org
BRE Global can be contacted at 1-415-747-5152, or on the web at: https://www.breeam.com
The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) can be contacted at 1-240-777-0311, or on the web at: https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/dep/