Reduced site disturbance - protect or restore open space | U.S. Green Building Council
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LEED BD+C: New Construction | v2 - LEED 2.1

Reduced site disturbance - protect or restore open space

SSc5.1 | Possible 1 point


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


On greenfield sites, limit site disturbance including earthwork and clearing of vegetation to 40 feet beyond the building perimeter, 5 feet beyond primary roadway curbs, walkways and main utility branch trenches, and 25 feet beyond constructed areas with permeable surfaces (such as pervious paving areas, stormwater detention facilities and playing fields) that require additional staging areas in order to limit compaction in the constructed area; OR, on previously developed sites, restore a minimum of 50% of the site area (excluding the building footprint) by replacing impervious surfaces with native or adapted vegetation.

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