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LEED v4.1
Data Centers – NC
Location & Transportation

Surrounding Density and Diverse Uses

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Data-Centers-NC-v4.1 LT105: Surrounding density and diverse uses 1-5 points

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Fentress Architects
Director of Sustainability

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© Copyright U.S. Green Building Council, Inc. All rights reserved.

Intent

To conserve land and protect farmland and wildlife habitat by encouraging development in areas with existing infrastructure. To promote walkability, and transportation efficiency and reduce vehicle distance traveled. To improve public health by encouraging daily physical activity.

Requirements

Option 1. Development and Adjacency (2–3 points)
Construct or renovate the project on a previously developed site that was used for industrial or commercial purposes. (2 points). OR Construct or renovate the project on a site that is both a previously developed and an adjacent site. The adjacent sites must be currently used for industrial or commercial purposes (3 points).

AND/OR
Option 2. Transportation Resources (1–2 points)
Construct or renovate the project on a site that has two or three (1 point) or four (2 points) of the following transportation resources:
  • The site is within a 10-mile (16 kilometer) driving distance of a main logistics hub, defined as an airport, seaport, intermodal facility, or freight village with intermodal transportation.
  • The site is within a 1-mile (1600-meter) driving distance of an on-off ramp to a highway.
  • The site is within a 1-mile (1600-meter) driving distance of an access point to an active freight rail line.
  • The site is served by an active freight rail spur.
In all cases, a planned transportation resource must be sited, funded, and under construction by the date of the certificate of occupancy and complete within 24 months of that date.

OR
Option 3. Walkable Location (1-5 points BD+C except Healthcare, 1 point Healthcare)
Locate on a site with a Walk Score® or equivalent third-party walkability assessment for the following thresholds, as listed below.
Table 1. Points for walkable location
Walk Score Points Points (Healthcare)
90-100 5 -
80-89 4 -
70-79 3 -
60-69 2 -
50-59 1 -
≥ 50 - 1
Projects attempting Option 3 are not eligible to earn points under Option 1 or Option 2. See all forum discussions about this credit »

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Addenda

11/9/2020Updated: 12/2/2020
Rating System Correction
Description of change:
After Option 2 for the Healthcare adaptation insert the following new requirements for all projects:

All Projects

Option 3. Walkable Location (1-5 points BD+C except Healthcare, 1 point Healthcare)
Locate on a site with a Walk Score® or equivalent third-party walkability assessment for the following thresholds, as listed below.

Table 1. Points for walkable location
Walk Score® Points BD+C Points HC
90 to 100 5 -
80 to 89 4 -
70 to 79 3 -
60 to 69 2 -
50 to 59 1 -
≥ 50 - 1

Projects attempting Option 3 are not eligible to earn points under Option 1 or Option 2.

Campus Applicable
No
Internationally Applicable:
No
11/9/2020Updated: 11/25/2020
Reference Guide Correction
Description of change:
Under Beta Update, after the first paragraph beginning "Updates clarify that surrounding existing density is measured within a 1/4-mile (400-meter) offset...", insert the following language:

A new option has been added for all projects to recognize the benefit of walkable locations as assessed by Walk Score® and equivalent walkability assessment tools. Walk Score® measures surrounding density, road network metrics, and destinations within walking distance and is a reasonable proxy for the metrics in Option 1 and Option 2.

Under Further Explanation, add the following language:

Walk Score measures the walkability of an address on the following scale:

Walk Score® Description
90-100 Walker's Paradise
Daily errands do not require a car.
70-89 Very Walkable
Most errands can be accomplished on foot.
50-69 Somewhat Walkable
Some errands can be accomplished on foot.
25-49 Car-Dependent
Most errands require a car.
0-24 Car-Dependent
Almost all errands require a car.
Source: Walk Score

While quantitative walkability assessment tools, including Walk Score, provide valuable insight into the relative potential for walking in a measured location, these tools have acknowledged limitations for reflecting the actual conditions on the ground and the safety and efficacy of walking. Project teams are encouraged to utilize other resources, including but not limited to multimodal transportation data collection and analysis, travel surveys, and pedestrian safety audits. For more information, refer to https://www.walkscore.com/methodology.shtml

In addition, a project’s design has the potential to influence walking and other active modes as alternatives to driving through the orientation of the building on the site and connectivity between the site and the surrounding street network, and by including high-quality sidewalks and crossing facilities that enhance multimodal travel on and around the project.

Under "Required Documentation" and a new bullet with the following language:

For projects attempting Option 3, attach a screenshot of the resulting Walk Score, making sure to include the project’s address and score.
Campus Applicable
No
Internationally Applicable:
No
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Deborah Lucking

AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Fentress Architects
Director of Sustainability

USGBC logo

© Copyright U.S. Green Building Council, Inc. All rights reserved.

Intent

To conserve land and protect farmland and wildlife habitat by encouraging development in areas with existing infrastructure. To promote walkability, and transportation efficiency and reduce vehicle distance traveled. To improve public health by encouraging daily physical activity.

Requirements

Option 1. Development and Adjacency (2–3 points)
Construct or renovate the project on a previously developed site that was used for industrial or commercial purposes. (2 points). OR Construct or renovate the project on a site that is both a previously developed and an adjacent site. The adjacent sites must be currently used for industrial or commercial purposes (3 points).

AND/OR
Option 2. Transportation Resources (1–2 points)
Construct or renovate the project on a site that has two or three (1 point) or four (2 points) of the following transportation resources:
  • The site is within a 10-mile (16 kilometer) driving distance of a main logistics hub, defined as an airport, seaport, intermodal facility, or freight village with intermodal transportation.
  • The site is within a 1-mile (1600-meter) driving distance of an on-off ramp to a highway.
  • The site is within a 1-mile (1600-meter) driving distance of an access point to an active freight rail line.
  • The site is served by an active freight rail spur.
In all cases, a planned transportation resource must be sited, funded, and under construction by the date of the certificate of occupancy and complete within 24 months of that date.

OR
Option 3. Walkable Location (1-5 points BD+C except Healthcare, 1 point Healthcare)
Locate on a site with a Walk Score® or equivalent third-party walkability assessment for the following thresholds, as listed below.
Table 1. Points for walkable location
Walk Score Points Points (Healthcare)
90-100 5 -
80-89 4 -
70-79 3 -
60-69 2 -
50-59 1 -
≥ 50 - 1
Projects attempting Option 3 are not eligible to earn points under Option 1 or Option 2.

LEEDuser expert

Deborah Lucking

AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Fentress Architects
Director of Sustainability

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