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Smart Business

Smart Business LogoSmart Business is an incentive based program that has primarily focused on energy efficiency and energy use reduction for businesses and has included the following:

  • Promotion of the sale/ purchase of energy efficient materials or equipment and changing lighting in businesses to energy efficient CFL or LED lights.

  • Energy efficiency as economic development with incentive programs.

  • Orland Park's Smart Energy Fund (SEF) combined utility incentives with Federal money from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) to maximize ROI in energy efficiency projects for businesses.  Although currently unavailable, SEF leveraged nearly 3 times the amount of private money for every public dollar spent despite it being a 50% cost share program.

Green Commercial Buildings
Smart Business also encourages and incentivizes commercial projects to build green certified buildings using performance based metrics like LEED.  Currently, the program is under development.  Basic components to expect include:

·         Incentives will be tied to expedited permitting and reduced/delayed building permit fees.

·         Program will apply to non-residential projects.

·         Must earn a certification (e.g. LEED, NGBS/ICC 700 etc.)