Landscape and exterior design to reduce heat islands - non-roof | U.S. Green Building Council
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LEED BD+C: New Construction | v2 - LEED 2.0

Landscape and exterior design to reduce heat islands - non-roof

SSc7.1 | Possible 1 point


Reduce heat islands (thermal gradient differences between developed and undeveloped areas) to minimize impact on microclimate and human and wildlife habitat.


Provide shade (within 5 years) on at least 30% of non-roof impervious surface on the site, including parking lots, walkways, plazas, etc., OR, use light-colored/high-albedo materials (reflectance of at least 0.3) for 30% of the site’s non-roof impervious surfaces, OR place a minimum of 50% of parking space underground OR use open-grid pavement system (net impervious area of LESS than 50%) for a minimum of 50% of the parking lot area.

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