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| v3 - LEED India 2011

Alternative transportation - parking capacity

SSc4.4 | Possible 2 points

Intent

To reduce pollution and land development impacts from automobile use.

Requirements

NOTE:
  1. The term ‘2-wheeler’ in this credit refers to an engine-powered passenger vehicle that runs on two wheels, and is authorized by regulation to seat a maximum of 2 persons, viz the driver and pillion rider. Scooters, motorcycles, mopeds, etc., come under this definition. Such 2-wheelers, if they have a side car attached, would also be considered as a 2-wheeler (such vehicles in India can be accommodated within the dimensions of regular 2-wheeler parking slots). Bicycles pedaled by manual power are not included under this definition.
  2. 2-wheeler pooling is defined as the shared use of one 2-wheeler by two different individuals – for the purpose of reducing vehicular fuel consumption, and vehicular pollution.
  3. Car pooling is defined as the shared use of one car by a number of different individuals – upto the maximum permissible capacity of the car (typically 5, including the driver) – for the purpose of reducing vehicular fuel consumption, and vehicular pollution. Similarly, van pooling is defined as the shared use of a passenger transport vehicle having higher capacity than cars (typically seating 7 or more persons) – which is generally arranged by the company or employer, for employees to commute from specific pickup points to the place of work, and vice versa.
  4. For all cases under this credit, the ratio of preferred parking allocation between pooled 4-wheelers and pooled 2-wheelers should be the same as the ratio for total parking specified by the NBC or Local Regulation for 4-wheelers vs 2-wheelers.

CASE 1. Non-Residential Projects

OPTION 1

Size parking capacity to meet, but not exceed, minimum Local Regulations (OR) the National Building Code of India (NBC), AND provide preferred parking for Carpools / Vanpools and Bikepools, capable of serving 5% of the total provided parking spaces, for both 4-wheelers & 2-wheelers.

OR

OPTION 2

For projects that provide parking for less than 5% of full-time equivalent (FTE) building occupants:

Provide preferred parking3 for carpools or vanpools, marked as such, for 5% of total parking spaces. Providing a discounted parking rate is an acceptable substitute for preferred parking for carpool or vanpool vehicles. To establish a meaningful incentive in all potential markets, the parking rate must be discounted at least 20%. The discounted rate must be available to all customers who opt for vehicle pooling (i.e., not limited to the number of customers equal to 3% of the vehicle parking capacity). Awareness of this incentive should be given to all customers, and the incentive itself should be available for a minimum of 2 years.

OR

OPTION 3

Provide no new parking.

OR

OPTION 4

For projects that have no minimum local zoning requirements, provide 25% fewer parking spaces than the applicable standard listed in the 2003 Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) “Parking Generation” study at http://www.ite.org.

CASE 2. Residential Projects

OPTION 1

Size parking capacity to meet but not exceed minimum local zoning requirements

Provide infrastructure and support programs to facilitate shared vehicle use such as carpool drop-off areas, designated parking for vanpools, car-share services, ride boards and shuttle services to mass transit.

OR

OPTION 2

Provide no new parking.

CASE 3. Mixed Use (Residential with Commercial/ Retail) Projects

OPTION 1

Mixed-use buildings with less than 10% commercial area must be considered residential and adhere to the residential requirements in Case 2. For mixed-use buildings with more than 10% commercial area, the commercial space must adhere to non-residential requirements in Case 1 and the residential component must adhere to residential requirements in Case 2

OR

OPTION 2

Provide no new parking.

3 For the purposes of this credit “preferred parking” refers to the parking spots that are closest to the main entrance of the project (exclusive of spaces designated for handicapped persons) or parking passes provided at a discounted price.

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