Redknot Homes is one of the top leading builders of LEED certified homes in Greater Cincinnati.

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It is a certification process that was set up by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to certify “green” homes. LEED homes are built to be healthy, providing clean indoor air and incorporating safe building materials to ensure a comfortable home. And as a bonus, LEED certified homes receive a significant tax abatement in Cincinnati.

Tax Abatement Benefits

LEED Certified Homes Receive Significant Tax Abatement

In an effort to promote homeownership within City limits, the City of Cincinnati offers residential tax abatement for LEED rate homes. The charts below are a representation of the various LEED levels and their corresponding maximum tax abatement amounts and durations.
Note that there is a current chart and an additional chart with the new limit values passed by Cincinnati’s City Council as of November 13th, 2020. These values will apply to projects as of January 1st, 2022. LEED is changing the way we think about how buildings and communities are planned, constructed, maintained and operated.

Current Cincinnati Tax Abatements
- Residential, New Construction

LEED Level QualificationCapTerm (Years)
Non LEED Certified$275,00010
Non LEED & Visitable$275,00012
LEED Certified$275,00012
LEED Certified & Visitable$275,00014
LEED Silver$400,00015
LEED Gold LBC Net Zero$562,00015
LEED Platinum LBC Portal$ No Limit15

Jan 1, 2022 Cincinnati Tax Abatements
- Residential, New Construction

LEED Level QualificationCapTerm (Years)
Non LEED Certified$200,00010
LEED Certified$200,00012
LEED Silver$400,00015
LEED Gold LBC Net Zero$500,00015
LEED Platinum LBC Portal$650,00015
If Visitability is met at any tierAdditional $100,000 is added to cap

Visit for the City of Cincinnati’s tax abatement overview.

LEED Certification

Projects pursuing LEED certification earn points across several areas including:

Rewarding decisions about the environment surrounding the building, with credits that emphasize the vital relationships among buildings, ecosystems, and ecosystem services. It focuses on restoring project site elements, integrating the site with local and regional ecosystems, and preserving the biodiversity that natural systems rely on.

Addressing water holistically, looking at indoor use, outdoor use, specialized uses, and metering, based on an “efficiency first” approach to water conservation. As a result, each prerequisite looks at water efficiency and reductions in potable water use alone. Then, the WE credits additionally recognize the use of non-potable and alternative sources of water.

Approaching energy from a holistic perspective, addressing energy use reduction, energy-efficient design strategies, and renewable energy sources.

Focusing on minimizing the embodied energy and other impacts associated with the extraction, processing, transport, maintenance, and disposal of building materials. The requirements are designed to support a life-cycle approach that improves performance and promotes resource efficiency.

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Rewarding decisions made by project teams about indoor air quality and thermal, visual, and acoustic comfort. Green buildings with good indoor environmental quality protect the health and comfort of building occupants. This category addresses the myriad design strategies and environmental factors—air quality, lighting quality, acoustic design, control over one’s surroundings—that influence the way people learn, work, and live.

Rewarding thoughtful decisions about building location, with credits that encourage compact development, alternative transportation, and connection with amenities, such as restaurants and parks. The LT category considers the existing features of the surrounding community and how this infrastructure affects occupants’ behavior and environmental performance.


Sustainable design strategies and measures are constantly evolving and improving. New technologies are continually introduced to the marketplace, and up-to-date scientific research influences building design strategies. The purpose of this LEED category is to recognize projects for innovative building features and sustainable building practices and strategies.

Because some environmental issues are particular to a locale, volunteers from USGBC chapters and the LEED International Roundtable have identified distinct environmental priorities within their areas and the credits that address those issues. These Regional Priority credits encourage project teams to focus on their local environmental priorities.


Find Your Tax Abatement Savings

Use our tax abatement calculator to find out what you could save in property taxes by building a LEED certified home in the city of Cincinnati. This calculator assumes a 2.58% tax rate, a 4% interest rate, and a 30-year loan. Tax rates vary slightly depending on location, this calculator is for illustration purposes only. Adjust the land value and structure cost to equal your total project spend. Adjust the LEED Tax Abatement to the level you wish to certify at: Silver, Gold, or Platinum.

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