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New solutions for neighborhoods across the globe

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Alternative Compliance Paths (ACPs) for LEED for Neighborhood Development version 2009 are now available. ACPs allow LEED to be more flexible and applicable to a wide range of building projects across the globe.

LEED for Neighborhood Development, or LEED-ND, was designed to inspire and help create better, more sustainable, well-connected neighborhoods and other district-scale development. It looks beyond the scale of buildings to consider entire communities to curb dispersed land use patterns and promote sustainable development. Projects outside of the U.S. often experience technical challenges when applying LEED ND requirements that are based off U.S. codes and practice.

The new ACPs target solutions for global users through local standards and codes, offering alternative approaches to meeting credits and prerequisites, and providing additional guidance to global users. Metric units were also added to the LEED ND rating system. These equivalency improvements help remove possible barriers to certification.

 As Avneet Gujral, Senior Project Manager of Sustainable Design Consulting and LEED ND practitioner with expertise in India noted, “The global application of neighborhood design must ensure development that is relevant to the socio-economic, cultural and climatic context, specific to locale. The development of alternative compliance paths is thus integral to and critical for providing customized global solutions that are locale appropriate.”

We'll continue working to ensure the flexibility of the LEED rating system for all markets and climates through the development of additional ACPs.

The LEED 2009 ND Global ACPs were developed with the input of global LEED ND users and members of the LEED International Roundtable, and were approved by the LEED Steering Committee. This approach leveraged the expertise of international users by developing solutions directly in conjunction with the market.

LEED encourages sustainable development and green building practices around the world. Currently there are LEED registered and certified projects in more than 150 countries and territories globally.

Download the LEED 2009 ND Global Alternative Compliance Path Reference Guide Supplement or visit the Credit Library to access the LEED 2009 ND Global ACPs.

Have a question? Contact [email protected].

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Emily Loquidis

Project Manager, LEED International Technical Development, PMP, LEED AP BD+C U.S. Green Building Council

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Certification Team Lead, Urban Planning, U.S. Green Building Council
As the Certification Urban Planning Team Lead at GBCI, I am extremely pleased that this collaborative effort has come to fruition. LEED for Neighborhood Development has seen extreme popularity and uptick in the international market, as the urbanization of global economies continues to influence land patterns, widespread development, and climate change. These ACPs are the first step in instructing non-US multidisciplinary teams on how to apply and/or consider the LEED ND Rating System for their projects. We hope it proves useful and are looking forward to working with project teams on its application.

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