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LEED ID+C: Commercial Interiors | v3 - LEED 2009

Development density and community connectivity

SSc2 | Possible 6 points


To channel development to urban areas with existing infrastructure, protect greenfields and preserve habitat and natural resources.


Option 1: Development density

Select space in a building that is located in an established, walkable community with a minimum density of 60,000 square feet per acre net (13,800 square meters per hectare net). The density calculation is based on a typical two-story downtown development and must include the area of the project being built.


Option 2: Community connectivity

Select space in a building on a site that meets the following criteria:

  • Is located within 1/2-mile (800 meters) of a residential area or neighborhood with an average density of 10 units per acre net.
  • Is within 1/2-mile (800 meters) of at least 10 basic services.
  • Has pedestrian access between the building and the services.

For mixed-use projects, no more than 1 service within the project boundary may be counted as 1 of the 10 basic services, provided it is open to the public. No more than 2 of the 10 services required may be anticipated (i.e., at least 8 must be existing and operational). In addition, the anticipated services must be documented appropriately to demonstrate that they will be operational in the locations indicated within 1 year of occupation of the applicant’s project. Examples of basic services include the following:

  • Bank
  • Place of Worship
  • Convenience Grocery
  • Day Care Center
  • Cleaners
  • Fire Station
  • Beauty Salon
  • Hardware
  • Laundry
  • Library
  • Medical or Dental Office
  • Senior Care Facility
  • Park
  • Pharmacy
  • Post Office
  • Restaurant
  • School
  • Supermarket
  • Theater
  • Community Center
  • Fitness Center
  • Museum

Proximity is determined by drawing a 1/2-mile (800 meter) radius around a main building entrance on a site map and counting the services within that radius.

Greenfield developments and projects that do not use existing infrastructure are not eligible.

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