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Review our points breakdown for the LEED v4 credits for Neighborhood Development.

This article is part of a series that provides an overview of the requirements and options in LEED.

In our previous article, we listed the prerequisites, credits, and points in the LEED for Homes rating system. Today, we will go over LEED v4 for Neighborhood Development

How walkable is your neighborhood? Does it allow people from a wide range of socioeconomic levels and age groups to live in the same community? Are there certified green buildings? LEED for Neighborhood Development looks beyond individual buildings to consider entire communities. It is a rating system used to create communities that are sustainable, smart and socially equitable. 

In the chart below, we’ve outlined all of the prerequisites and credits, as well as the maximum number of points you can earn for each credit in this rating system.  

LEED for Neighborhood Development prerequisites and credits

C = Credit; P = Prerequisite

Smart Location and Linkage

Credit/Prerequisite Name Points
Smart Location (P) Req'd
Imperiled Species and Ecological Communities Conservation (P) Req'd
Wetland and Water Body Conservation (P) Req'd
Agricultural Land Conservation (P) Req'd
Floodplain Avoidance (P) Req'd
Preferred Locations (C) 10
Brownfield Remediation (C) 2
Access to Quality Transit (C) 7
Bicycle Facilities (C) 1
Housing and Jobs Proximity (C) 3
Steep Slope Protection (C) 1
Site Design for Habitat or Wetland and Water Body Conservation (C) 1
Restoration of Habitat or Wetlands and Water Bodies (C) 1
Long-Term Conservation Management of Habitat or Wetlands and Water Bodies (C) 1

Neighborhood Pattern and Design

Credit/Prerequisite Name Points
Walkable Streets (P) Req'd
Compact Development (P) Req'd
Connected and Open Community (P) Req'd
Walkable Streets (C) 12
Compact Development (C) 6
Mixed-Use Neighborhoods (C) 4
Housing Types and Affordability (C) 7
Reduced Parking Footprint (C) 1
Connected and Open Community (C) 2
Transit Facilities (C) 1
Transportation Demand Management (C) 2
Access to Civic and Public Space (C) 1
Access to Recreation Facilities (C) 1
Visitability and Universal Design (C) 1
Community Outreach and Involvement (C) 2
Local Food Production (C) 1
Tree-Lined and Shaded Streetscapes (C) 2
Neighborhood Schools (C) 1

Green Infrastructure and Buildings

Credit/Prerequisite Name Points
Certified Green Building (P) Req'd
Minimum Building Energy Performance (P) Req'd
Indoor Water Use Reduction (P) Req'd
Construction Activity Pollution Prevention (P) Req'd
Certified Green Buildings (C) 5
Optimize Building Energy Performance (C) 2
Indoor Water Use Reduction (C) 1
Outdoor Water Use Reduction (C) 1
Building Reuse (C) 1
Historic Resource Prevention and Adaptive Reuse (C) 1
Minimized Site Disturbance (C) 1
Rainwater Management (C) 4
Heat Island Reduction (C) 1
Solar Orientation (C) 1
Renewable Energy Production (C) 3
District Heating and Cooling (C) 2
Infrastructure Energy Efficiency (C) 1
Wastewater Management (C) 2
Recycled and Refused Infrastructure (C) 1
Solid Waste Management (C) 1
Light Pollution Reduction (C) 1

The full series on credits, prerequisites and points:

Check out credits and prerequisites in the LEED Credit Library

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