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LEED BD+C: New Construction | v2 - LEED 2.2

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).


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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