Complying with this prerequisite is standard practice in most urban and suburban areas in the U.S., where most or all of the EPA Construction General Permit (CGP) requirements have been adopted and implemented at the state or county level. Regulators at those levels often threaten heavy fines for not complying with CGP requirements, so most projects do so without the added incentive of the LEED prerequisite.
Compare your local code to the requirements of the CGP early in your project timeline to determine which is more stringent. If your local code is more stringent, then you will meet the prerequisite just by following that. If it is less stringent, follow the CGP to achieve the prerequisite.
If your project is located outside of the U.S., it’s possible that the local code requirements are comparable to or more stringent than the EPA CGP. Be sure to compare the two early in your project timeline. Projects outside the U.S. do not have to comply with the permitting aspects of the CGP.
What’s New in LEED v4
- The EPA CGP referenced version was updated from 2003 to 2012.