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Heat Island Reduction

Cost Overview

Formerly two separate LEED credits, this credit calls for a combination of roof and non- roof strategies to provide shaded surfaces, surfaces with high Solar Reflectance Index (SRI), green roofs, or shading with appurtenances, such as solar panels.

Beyond the compliance costs explored here, there can be significant cost synergies with strategies that maximize open space, such as minimizing building footprint and creating shaded pedestrian-oriented hardscape areas, using heat island reducing systems for rainwater collection and reuse and stormwater management, etc. Those cost synergies need to be evaluated on a project-specific basis. 

Cost Synergies

LTc7: Reduced Parking Footprint
SSc1: Site Assessment
SSc2: Site Development—Protect or Restore Habitat
SSc3: Open Space
SSc4: Rainwater Management
WEp1/c1: Outdoor Water Use Reduction
WEp2/c2: Indoor Water Use Reduction
EAp2/c2: Minimum Energy Performance
EAc5: Onsite Renewable Energy

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