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LEED for Neighborhoods


To save us all, it’s not enough to make buildings more energy-efficient, with “greener” materials and better indoor air; so the US Green Building Council also wants to rethink neighborhoods and change lifestyles.
Look next year for LEED-ND guidelines.

LEED for Neighborhood Development

“The LEED for Neighborhood Development Rating System integrates the principles of smart growth, urbanism and green building into the first national system for neighborhood design. LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a development’s location and design meet accepted high levels of environmentally responsible, sustainable development.

Currently in its pilot period, LEED for Neighborhood Development is a collaboration among USGBC, the Congress for the New Urbanism and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

In order to reduce the impacts of urban sprawl, or unplanned, uncontrolled spreading of urban development into areas adjoining the edge of a city, and create more livable communities, LEED for Neighborhood Development communities are:

  • locations that are closer to existing town and city centers
  • areas with good transit access
  • infill sites
  • previously developed sites
  • sites adjacent to existing development

Encourage healthy living.
LEED for Neighborhood Development emphasizes the creation of compact, walkable, vibrant, mixed-use neighborhoods with good connections to nearby communities. Research has shown that living in a mixed-use environment within walking distance of shops and services results in increased walking and biking, which improve human cardiovascular and respiratory health and reduce the risk of hypertension and obesity.

Protect threatened species.
Fragmentation and loss of habitat are major threats to many imperiled species. LEED encourages compact development patterns and the selection of sites that are within or adjacent to existing development to minimize habitat fragmentation and also help preserve areas for recreation.

Increase transportation choice and decrease automobile dependence.
These two things go hand-in-hand; convenient transportation choices such as buses, trains, car pools, bicycle lanes and sidewalks, for example, are typically more available near downtowns, neighborhood centers and town centers, which are also the locations that produce shorter automobile trips.”

More here.
Architect and writer Douglas Farr tells all, here.