How LEED-ND works, step-by-step - evaluating a low-carbon development
Today's post is a bit more for the hard-core planning junkies in the audience. My friend Eliot Allen, who has been involved with LEED for Neighborhood Development for as long as I have and who is also an education provider for the Green Building Council, which now administers the system, has put together a 10-minute, step-by-step video on how review and certification works, particularly for a well-located and well-designed low-carbon neighborhood.
In particular, Eliot has adapted Metro Square, a Sacramento development by Mogavero Notestine Architects that he and I studied some years back. Metro Square is not in the LEED-ND system but, if it were, this is how an evaluation under LEED-ND might occur, particularly with respect to credits in the system that are designed to reward carbon reduction. Our hypothetical version of Metro Square would qualify for a gold rating under the system, even if the credits we apply are limited to those related to energy and carbon emissions.
Here’s the video:
Next, we’ll look at a companion video that shows how LEED-ND’s location criteria can be used to assist a jurisdiction’s planning and zoning.
Kaid Benfield writes (almost) daily about community, development, and the environment. For more posts, see his blog's home page.