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LEED BD+C: Core and Shell | v3 - LEED 2009

Site development - maximize open space

SSc5.2 | Possible 1 point


To promote biodiversity by providing a high ratio of open space to development footprint.


Case 1. Sites with local zoning open space requirements

Reduce the development footprint1 and/or provide vegetated open space within the project boundary such that the amount of open space exceeds local zoning requirements by 25%.

Case 2. Sites with no local zoning requirements (e.g. some university campuses, military bases)

Provide vegetated open space area adjacent to the building that is equal in area to the building footprint.

Case 3. Sites with zoning ordinances but no open space requirements

Provide vegetated open space equal to 20% of the project’s site area.

All cases

For projects in urban areas that earn SS Credit 2: Development Density and Community Connectivity, vegetated roof areas can contribute to credit compliance.

For projects in urban areas that earn SS Credit 2: Development Density and Community Connectivity, pedestrian-oriented hardscape areas can contribute to credit compliance. For such projects, a minimum of 25% of the open space counted must be vegetated.

Wetlands or naturally designed ponds may count as open space and the side slope gradients average 1:4 (vertical: horizontal) or less and are vegetated.

Credit substitution available

You may use the LEED v4 version of this credit on v2009 projects. For more information check out this article.

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