Jeanne Allen

In this two-part series, we’ll look at ways to maximize the potential of your development by combining LEED ND and LEED BD+C certification.

Focusing on sustainability at a larger scale, the LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED ND) rating system encourages the building of healthier communities, designed to benefit both people and the environment and to complement the green building rating systems. New community development presents opportunities, not always available to the individual building, to improve the street network, access to transit, available green space and much more. Having a rigorous green building program as a part of your LEED ND project will strengthen your project’s ability to meet its design and performance goals. Incorporating LEED certifications for individual buildings helps the project stay on track as construction progresses and supports the achievement of more ambitious water and energy efficiency goals.

When the LEED ND and LEED BD+C ratings systems are used together, project teams are able to leverage the requirements set out in each to achieve an outcome that is more than just the sum of its parts. To support teams using both LEED ND and LEED BD+C, we’ve developed new streamlined documentation paths for select credits attempted by LEED BD+C v2009 projects that are also part of a LEED ND project (see table below).

Getting started
Once a LEED ND project pursuing Stage 2 or Stage 3 has successfully achieved a credit, a BD+C project within the ND project’s boundary only needs to submit the following:

  • The LEED ND Review Report that clearly states the required level of achievement has been documented on the LEED ND project. This document can be uploaded by selecting Special Circumstances on the LEED form.
  • A drawing indicating the location of the BD+C project within the larger LEED ND development, submitted under Project Information Form 1. The drawing should clearly highlight the project boundaries for both the ND and BD+C projects.

For ease of review, we recommend consistent naming between the BD+C and ND projects in LEED Online.

BD+C credit (v2009) Points available in BD+C ND credit (v2009) and required achievement level
SSc2 Development Density and Community Connectivity 4 points in Schools
5 points all others
SLLc1 Preferred Locations: At least one point under Option 1 AND at least one point under Option 2
SSc3 Brownfield Redevelopment 1 point SLLc2 Brownfields Redevelopment: Brownfields designation must be applicable to the entire site

SSc4.1 Alternative Transportation–Public Transportation Access
4 points in Schools
6 points all others
SLLc3 Locations with Reduced Automobile Dependence: 100% of project entrances and dwelling units must be within required walking distance of transit
SSc4.2 Alternative Transportation—Bicycle Storage and Changing Rooms 2 points in Core and Shell
1 point all others
SLLc4 Bicycle Network
SSc4.4 Alternative Transportation—Parking Capacity 2 points in Schools
3 points all others
NPDc5 Reduced Parking Footprint
SSc6.1 Stormwater Design—Quantity Control 1 point GIBc8 Stormwater Management: 95th percentile
SSc6.2 Stormwater Design—Quality Control 1 point GIBc8 Stormwater Management: 95th percentile
SSc7.1 Heat Island Effect—Non-roof 1 point GIBc9 Heat Island Reduction: Option 1
WEc2 Innovative Wastewater Technologies (Option 2 only and must provide confirmation that the treated water is reused and/or infiltrated within the project building or within the LEED BD+C project boundary.) 2 points GIBc14 Wastewater management: Project must achieve the 50% threshold and plumbing fixtures must be selected

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