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LEED BD+C: Schools | v2 - Schools 2007

Development density and community connectivity

SSc2 | Possible 1 point


Channel development to urban areas with existing infrastructure, protect greenfields and preserve habitat and natural resources.


Option 1 — development density

Construct or renovate building on a previously developed site AND in a community with a minimum density of 60,000 square feet per acre net (Note: density calculation must include the area of the project being built and is based on a typical two-story downtown development).

For the purposes of this option, physical education spaces that have been included as part of the project site such as playing fields and associated buildings used during sporting events only (such as concession stands) and playgrounds with play equipment are excluded from the development density calculations.


Option 2 — community connectivity

Construct or renovate building on a previously developed site AND within 1/2 mile of a residential zone or neighborhood with an average density of 10 units per acre net AND within 1/2 mile of at least 10 basic sServices AND with pedestrian access between the building and the services.

Basic services include, but are not limited to:

  1. Bank;
  2. Place of worship;
  3. Convenience grocery;
  4. Day care;
  5. Cleaners;
  6. Fire station;
  7. Beauty;
  8. Hardware;
  9. Laundry;
  10. Library;
  11. Medical/Dental;
  12. Senior care facility;
  13. Park;
  14. Pharmacy;
  15. Post office;
  16. Restaurant;
  17. School;
  18. Supermarket;
  19. Theater;
  20. Community center;
  21. Fitness center;
  22. Museum.

Proximity is determined by drawing a 1/2 mile radius around the main building entrance on a site map and counting the services within that radius.

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