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SSc4.3 - Alternative transportation - alternative fuel vehicles
LEED BD+C: New Construction
Using 120v recharging stations for electric vehicles The project is a LEED NCv2.1, 14-story residential high rise condominium. Our question involves a modification/update to the alternative vehicle re...
Using 120v recharging stations for electric vehicles The project is a LEED NCv2.1, 14-story residential high rise condominium. Our question involves a modification/update to the alternative vehicle recharging station option AND as part of our transportation package, a proposal for an ID credit for creating a Comprehensive Transportation Plan. Part 1: The project team would like to achieve SSc4.3 via the alternative fuel recharging station option. The project will supply electric vehicle recharging stations for 3% of the occupants equaling seven stations. The strategy was chosen based on the fact that a prospective penthouse buyer stipulated that he would only purchase the unit if the owner installed a 120v outlet for his electric car. As you know, this is a standard electric outlet, which by existing CIR's (dated 2/7/2003 and 1/6/2004) is not allowed to achieve this credit. However, as you also know, electric vehicle technology is moving away from manufacturing electric vehicles that require a 240v recharging station and designing them to simply require the standard 120v outlet. In light of this market turn, the owner is interested in supplying five 120v outlets and two 240v outlets. This will satisfy the penthouse buyer and provide an additional four outlets for other interested condo owners. To ensure that the other residents are aware of the amenity, the owner will market the outlets and educate residents and prospective buyers that they are available should they own or choose to buy an electric vehicle. This may be accomplished via pamphlets in new residents' welcome baskets or in a similar type of marketing material. Since the electric vehicle market is in transformation, and cars that require a 240v outlet do still exist, the owner will abide by installing electric vehicle recharging stations for the remaining two 240v outlets IF necessary. In other words, if a resident requires a 240v recharging station for their electric vehicle, the owner will purchase a recharging station to accommodate one of the 240v outlets. This owner's requirement will be documented in a signed letter to USGBC for submittal with the other documentation for the credit. Question 1: Will this alternative strategy earn SSc4.3? Part 2: Along with electric vehicle recharging outlets/stations, the project is centrally located to a streetcar line, several bus stops, as well as in proximity to miles of designated street and mountain biking paths/trails. The owner is also providing covered bicycle racks for residents and Flexcar (car share) service. These actions exceed the requirements for SSc4.1, achieve SSc4.2, and also exceed the requirements for SSc4.3. The project has achieved SSc2 via the connected community path. To help ensure that the activities will result in a quantifiable reduction in automobile use, the owner will create marketing or similar material that educates residents on the alternative transportation amenities that surround them at the building. The shear central location of the building which affords numerous transportation options will in itself encourage residents to walk, ride, or choose the car sharing service to reach all of their lifestyle needs. With high parking fees and the fact that urban density allows access to all necessary amenities without the use of a car, we feel the collection of alternative transportation options offered to residents satisfies the intent of the ID credit. Question 2: Will this strategy allow for an ID credit for creating a Comprehensive Transportation Plan as outlined in LEED v2.1 CIR's and in the v2.2 Reference Guide? If not, please tell us what additional actions would get us there.
Innovation credits are awarded during the certification process, not through the CIR process. This ruling is provided as guidance about the likely outcome if accomplishments are proven by the certification submittals. The project is inquiring if it may achieve exemplary performance for alternative transportation by attaining SSc4.1, SSc4.2, SSc4.3, in addition to providing educational materials for the building's occupants. Per IDc1.1 CIR Ruling 5/9/2003, exemplary performance for alternative transportation must be demonstrated by achievement of at least three of the four SS 4 credits (as anticipated by the project), in addition to creating a comprehensive Transportation Demand Management Plan (TDMP). Educational materials directed towards building occupants do not satisfy the requirements of a (TDMP); details can be found in IDc1.1 CIR Ruling 5/9/2003. A point may also be earned through exemplary performance in SSc4.1 Public Transportation Access; details can be found in SSc4.1 CIR Ruling 9/22/2006. Applicable Internationally.
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