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Building Sites: State and Federal Incentives and Requirements

GBCI: 0920000623

Examine the influence that state, federal, and local government has on LEED site selection.
Eligible for 1.5 CE HOURS.
  • 1.5 CE

LEED version: v4, v2009

Published on: July 22, 2014

Average: 3.5 (6 votes)


In this recorded presentation we examine the influence that state, federal, and local government has on LEED site selection. With a growing number of incentive programs and restrictions or regulations LEED site selection is often only a part of a larger compliance scheme. We will look at some of the obstacles and amenities that people face when choosing a building site that includes LEED certification. This presentation will give examples of the hybridization of using government mandated rules, regulations, and incentives along with LEED requirements. Specifically, we will look at EPA rules and LID and how these rules can meld with LEED sustainable sites storm water strategies.

The information provided is helpful for investors, property owners, developers, businesses, commercial organizations, and all LEED professionals


  1. To learn about different Federal and State incentive programs and regulatory requirements concerning site construction
  2. To understand the conflicts that can occur between a number of regulatory agencies
  3. Examine a case example of a brownfield conversion and review lessons learned
  4. To be able to link known LEED strategies to other regulatory requirements and take advantage of overlaps
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Education for Professionals
Revere, MA
United States


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9 commentsLeave a comment

Engineer, Woolpert Inc.

The presenter is not very articulate.

Senior Associate, Dewberry

Good overview


Concepts of the IGCC were not covered adequately in the presentation.


This was a good program and great explanation of water infiltration & design approach.

President, Collaborative Project Consulting, Inc.
Pro Reviewer

There is some very helpful information in the sections about brownfields, low impact development and stormwater best management practices. It's reasonably well organized in these sections. Case study examples are used well to illustrate concepts in the last section. Here the presenter is clearly comfortable with his expertise and able to explain concepts conversationally and with clarity. It's the most engaging portion of the presentation. It's worth taking this course to get a very nice overview of these topics. The course would be better titled if it referred to these topics.

The first section uses generically described Maryland and Texas programs and projects as platforms for introducing the viewer to the title topic involving the relationship between government regulations and private site planning and development. Terms are introduced that are part of front end urban planning and development, but it's not clear where the presenters want to take this. This may be interesting to those working in these jurisdictions. For others, I imagine it will feel very slow moving. It's a section where the presenter is largely reading from slides with little visual information density.

The download is simply a 3 up pdf of the slide deck. I hope the presenters have plans to add enlarged (legible) handouts of the process flow chart they said was important. This is too complicated to stand alone as a slide in a presentation (the resolution is too low in the pdf to be conveniently useful). It would also be nice to have a glossary of terms and agencies at hand while viewing the course. It would be helpful to have a webliography that includes links to the studies and technical materials referred to in the course so that viewers can pursue their interest further (standing alone from the slide handout). With a little editing and additional downloads, I would highly recommend the course.

Pro Reviewer

Overall this is a good course, although I agree with the reviewer below that the learning objectives are not well connected. The pace of the course is awkward and slow at first, but it picks up and flows better about a third of the way into the course. The presenter, who is clearly very knowledgeable on a wide range of topics, is at his best when he is giving thoughtful descriptions that don't seem to be scripted.

It seems as if this course could perhaps be organized better by allowing the last hour of the course to be a standalone course about brownfield sites, LID strategies, and stormwater BMPs. The first part of the course could perhaps be extended to include more detail and more case studies and be a second standalone course. As a UT Austin graduate, I was particularly interested in hearing more detail about that case study.

I really enjoyed watching the last part of this course. The descriptions and photos of the low impact development strategies were particularly great, and I was excited to learn about the post-construction testing and monitoring of each strategy's effectiveness.

Owner - Building Sage, Integrated Design + Energy Advisors, LLC
Pro Reviewer

Overall, this was a good program related to sites and the impacts of policies, codes, incentives, regulations, and certification programs. However, the different learning objectives are not well connected, and some things do not become clear until towards the end. The presenter is quite knowledgeable, and well spoken.

For me, as a mechanical engineer with a broader interest in sustainability, the GREAT part of this presentation is toward the last third, where the author presents case studies of specific technologies and practices. Then the section on Best Management Practices, and ongoing testing as a way to understand actual performance and mitigate things that are not working as designed was extremely interesting.

This was well worth the time to view, and provided good information and background on the topic, especially for someone that is not a civil engineer or landscape architect. I will have much more sympathy and support for my professional colleagues from those disciplines!

Landscape Architectural Designer, Zev Cohen & Associates

Is it just my set up, or is the audio not working on this?

Project Manager, Education Platforms, U.S. Green Building Council

Hi Amanda,

I'm sorry that you're having trouble with the audio. I believe it may be on your end, as I can hear the audio. Are you able to download the video?


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