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Site development - protect and restore habitat

SS5.1 | Possible point

Recertification Guidance

Projects should refer to the following credit compliance guidance when planning for recertification. The table outlines the establishment and performance requirements and details the preferred frequency and duration of each performance requirement. Recertification is based on compliance with performance requirements. For the complete set of guidance, refer to the LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance Recertification Guidance.

Credit Establishment requirements Performance requirements
SSc5: Site development—protect or restore habitat Building components and site infrastructure
Establish native and adapted vegetation on-site and/or off-site.
Maintain areas of native and adapted vegetation and/or have in place off-site area contract for duration of recertification performance period.

GBCI Reviewer Tip

Common issue: The compliant areas are not indicated in site and/or landscape plans, and often the site/landscape plans provided do not include planting details. Turf and playing fields are also incorrectly included. Note that turf and playing fields do not meet the requirements of native/adaptive and therefore do not contribute towards this credit, but may contribute towards SSc5.2.

Suggestions: Ensure that the plans provided clearly indicate the areas used towards credit compliance, and that the planting materials are indicated. Exclude turf and sod. Lawn is acceptable if it a) is not a monoculture, b) does not require regular maintenance or mowing, and c) does not include any non-native/adapted species.

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