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 footprint7 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 a 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 site area.
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 – if the sides have a slope gradient averaging 1:4 or less (vertical: horizontal), and are vegetated.