Site development - protect or restore open habitat | U.S. Green Building Council
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LEED O+M: Existing Buildings | v3 - LEED 2009

Site development - protect or restore open habitat

SSc5 | Possible 1 point


To conserve existing natural areas and restore damaged areas to provide habitat and promote biodiversity.


During the performance period, have in place native1 or adapted vegetation2 covering a minimum of 25% of the total site area (excluding the building footprint) or 5% of the total site area (including the building footprint), whichever is greater.

Improving and/or maintaining off-site areas with native or adapted plants can contribute toward earning this credit provided the improvement and maintenance are documented in a contract with the owner of the off-site area. Every 2 square feet off-site can be counted as 1 square foot on-site.

Other ecologically appropriate features that contribute to this credit are natural site elements beyond vegetation that maintain or restore the ecological integrity of the site, including water bodies, exposed rock, unvegetated ground or other features that are part of the historic natural landscape within the region and provide habitat value.

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