Howard Extends Tax Credit Promoting Green Homes

Howard County has extended its green building tax credit for another five years. County Executive Allan Kittleman signed into law legislation extending the property tax credits for residential “high performance” buildings, in an effort to continue encouraging sustainable building practices for new residential construction and remodeling projects. To qualify for the credit of up to $5,000 per property, the residential properties must receive LEED certification at the Silver level or higher from the U.S. Green Building Council and applications must be submitted prior to April 1, 2022.

From the county’s press release:

“The residential High Performance Building Credit program has been successful in promoting sustainable building as 134 residents have purchased ‘green’ homes and received the tax credit, said Kittleman. “In Howard County, we want to continue that momentum in a sustainable and economically viable way.”

Joshua Greenfeld, Vice President of Government Affairs for the Maryland Building Industry Association, commented, “By going through the process of designing homes to the LEED standards, builders learn about green building technology and it becomes more main stream and accepted while providing homeowners a great product at a price they can afford. This is a win for the county and for homeowners. We applaud County Executive Kittleman in his support of this very important program.”