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LEED BD+C: Retail | v1 - LEED 1.0 pilot

Stormwater design: quality control

SSc6.2 | Possible 1 point


Limit disruption and pollution of natural water flows by managing stormwater runoff.


Implement a stormwater management plan that reduces impervious cover, promotes infiltration, and captures and treats the stormwater runoff from 90% of the average annual rainfall1 using acceptable best management practices (BMPs).

BMPs used to treat runoff must be capable of removing 80% of the average annual post development total suspended solids (TSS) load based on existing monitoring reports. BMPs are considered to meet these criteria if (1) they are designed in accordance with standards and specifications from a state or local program that has adopted these performance standards, or (2) there exists in-field performance monitoring data demonstrating compliance with the criteria. Data must conform to accepted protocol (e.g., Technology Acceptance Reciprocity Partnership [TARP], Washington State Department of Ecology) for BMP monitoring.

For projects that are part of a master plan development

The credit requirements may be met using a centralized approach affecting the defined project site and that is within the master plan boundary. Distributed techniques based on a watershed approach are then required.

A master planning approach to storm water management and overall impervious surface management that is overall project-wide or based on the local watershed is preferred over stormwater management planning limited to one project site at a time. The master plan setting with larger boundaries and settings allows comprehensive stormwater management techniques to be applied on a larger scale and with more flexibility. This provides economies of scale and affords greater opportunities for clustering buildings, increasing natural settings, and applying distributed management techniques cost effectively. Phasing of projects may affect when a Master Plan is implemented and how the specific building(s) under consideration will be accommodated.

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