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LEED BD+C: Schools | v3 - LEED 2009

Alternative transportation - low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles

SSc4.3 | Possible 2 points


To reduce pollution and land development impacts from automobile use.


Option 1: Preferred or discounted parking

Provide preferred parking1 for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles2 for 5% of the total vehicle parking capacity of the site and at least 1 designated carpool drop-off area for lowemitting and fuel-efficient vehicles.


Option 2: Alternative fuel

Develop and implement a plan for the buses and maintenance vehicles serving the school to use 20% (by vehicles, fuel or both) natural gas, propane or biodiesel or to be low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles.

1For the purposes of this credit “preferred parking” refers to the parking spots that are closest to the main entrance of the project (exclusive of spaces designated for handicapped persons) or parking passes provided at a discounted price. To establish a meaningful incentive in all potential markets, the parking rate must be discounted at least 20%. The discounted rate must be available to all eligible customers (i.e. not limited to the number of customers equal to 5% of the vehicle parking capacity), publicly posted at the entrance of the parking area, and available for a minimum of 2 years.

2For the purposes of this credit, low-emitting vehicles are defined as vehicles that are classified as Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV) by the California Air Resources Board. Fuel-efficient vehicles are defined as vehicles that have achieved a minimum green score of 40 on the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) annual vehicle rating guide [Europe ACP: Low-Emitting and Fuel-Efficient Vehicles] [South America ACP: Low-Emitting and Fuel-Efficient Vehicles].

Alternative Compliance Paths (ACPs)

Europe ACP: Low-Emitting and Fuel-Efficient Vehicles

Projects in Europe may use vehicles meeting the Euro 6 limit values of Regulation (EC) No. 715/2007.

South America ACP: Low-Emitting and Fuel-Efficient Vehicles

Vehicles in South America may qualify as low-emitting and fuel-efficient by meeting both of the following conditions:

  1. A score of Four Stars or above from IBAMA (Instituto Brasileiro do Meio Ambiente e dos Recursos Naturais Renováveis - Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources) Nota Verde Program.
  2. An A from INMETRO (Instituto Nacional de Metrologia, Qualidade e Tecnologia - National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology) Brazilian Labeling Program for Vehicles.

SITES-LEED Equivalency

This LEED credit (or a component of this credit) has been established as equivalent to a SITES v2 credit or component. For more information on using the equivalency as a substitution in your LEED or SITES project, see this article and guidance document.

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