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LEED BD+C: New Construction | v4 - LEED v4

Open space

Possible 1 point

Submittal Tips (click to expand)
Keep these important GBCI reviewer tips in mind when preparing your submittal documentation and avoid some of the common issues reviewers see during the LEED review process.

SS Credit: Open Space

  • Ensure the site plan indicates the project boundary and campus or master plan boundary (if applicable), and highlights the location and size of any open spaces, vegetated areas, plant species, wetlands or naturalistic man-made ponds (with side slopes noted), and vegetated roofs. Raised planters can count, provided they are vegetated. Make sure to include a description of how the open space is physically accessible and meets the area type criteria.
  • Ensure that outdoor spaces claimed are physically accessible (occupants and site users can access the spaces for their own use when needed) and meet one or more of the necessary criteria for qualifying as open space as outlined in the LEED BD+C v4 Reference Guide.
  • Remember that a minimum of 25% of that outdoor space must be vegetated (turf grass does not count as vegetation) or have overhead vegetated canopy. Plant beds that are mulched (with hardwood mulch, gravel, etc) can still be considered vegetated area if most surface area is covered by plant canopy.
  • Keep in mind that turf grass does not count as vegetated open space.
  • A project must have a floor-area ratio of at least 1.5 in order to include physically-accessible roof surfaces as open space.