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New credit, new opportunities

This credit isn’t a good fit for every project. However, it can be very beneficial in both the near-term and long-term for projects with larger site areas and a higher degree of control over their site’s design and development.

Teams should be aware that at least 5% of the total site area must be vegetated in order to pursue this credit. Additionally, the improvement plan must be created with the help of site design professionals, so remember to include their fees in your budgeting process.

What’s New in LEED v4

  • This is a new credit.

Readiness Review Questions

  • Is at least 5% of your site currently vegetated? If not, can you increase the vegetated area to at least 5% before the performance period ends?
  • Do you have a high degree of control over your site’s design? Will you be able to implement the no-cost and low-cost improvements that are identified through this credit?
  • Do you have the budget to hire a professional to review and inventory the site’s current condition and qualities, identify goals and opportunities, and develop the improvement plan?