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LEED v2009
Healthcare
Sustainable Sites
Alternative transportation - parking capacity

LEED CREDIT

Healthcare-v2009 SSc4.4: Alternative transportation - parking capacity 1 point

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Intent

To reduce pollution and land development impacts from automobile use.

Requirements

Case 1 - Non-residential healthcare projects

Option 1

Size parking capacity to meet, but not exceed, minimum local zoning requirements OR health department regulatory authority, whichever is the overriding requirement.

Provide preferred parking1 for carpools or vanpools for 5% of the total parking spaces.

OR

Option 2

For projects that provide parking for less than 5% of full-time equivalent (FTE) building occupants:

Provide preferred parking for carpools or vanpools, marked as such, for 5% of total parking spaces. Providing a discounted parking rate is an acceptable substitute for preferred parking for carpool or vanpool vehicles. To establish a meaningful incentive in all potential markets, the parking rate must be discounted at least 20%. The discounted rate must be available to all customers (i.e. not limited to the number of customers equal to 5% of the vehicle parking capacity), publicly posted at the entrance of the parking area, and available for a minimum of 2 years.

OR

Option 3

Provide no new parking.

OR

Option 4

For projects that have no minimum local zoning requirements, provide 25% fewer parking spaces than the applicable standard listed in the 2003 Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) “Parking Generation” study at http://www.ite.org.

Case 2 - Residential healthcare licensed long term care projects

Option 1

Size parking capacity to meet, but not exceed, minimum local zoning requirements or health department regulatory authority, whichever is the overriding requirement.

Provide infrastructure and support programs to facilitate shared vehicle use, such as carpool drop-off areas, designated parking for vanpools, car-share services, ride boards and shuttle services to mass transit.

Provide preferred parking1 for carpools or vanpools for 5% of the total parking spaces provided for staff OR, for projects that provide parking for less than 5% FTE staff measured at peak periods, provide preferred parking1 for carpools or vanpools, marked as such, for 5% of total provided parking spaces.

OR

Option 2

Provide no new parking.

Case 3 - Mixed use healthcare projects (i.e. including residential, retail, and/or medical office components)

Option 1 - Commercial and non-commercial requirements

Mixed-use buildings with less than 10% non-residential area must be considered residential and adhere to the residential requirements in Case 2. For mixed-use buildings with more than 10% non-residential area, the non-residential space must adhere to the requirements in Case 1 and the residential component must adhere to residential requirements in Case 2. Note: This option applies only to mixed-use healthcare projects that include residential, retail and/or medical office components.

OR

Option 2

Provide no new parking.

1For the purposes of this credit “preferred parking” refers to the parking spots that are closest to the main entrance of the project (exclusive of spaces designated for handicapped persons) or parking passes provided at a discounted price. To establish a meaningful incentive in all potential markets, the parking rate must be discounted at least 20%. The discounted rate must be available to all eligible customers (i.e. not limited to the number of customers equal to 5% of the vehicle parking capacity), publicly posted at the entrance of the parking area, and available for a minimum of 2 years.

Streamlined path available

Achievement of this credit can be documented via a LEED ND v2009 submittal. For more information check out this article.

SITES-LEED Equivalency

This LEED credit (or a component of this credit) has been established as equivalent to a SITES v2 credit or component. For more information on using the equivalency as a substitution in your LEED or SITES project, see this article and guidance document.

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Intent

To reduce pollution and land development impacts from automobile use.

Requirements

Case 1 - Non-residential healthcare projects

Option 1

Size parking capacity to meet, but not exceed, minimum local zoning requirements OR health department regulatory authority, whichever is the overriding requirement.

Provide preferred parking1 for carpools or vanpools for 5% of the total parking spaces.

OR

Option 2

For projects that provide parking for less than 5% of full-time equivalent (FTE) building occupants:

Provide preferred parking for carpools or vanpools, marked as such, for 5% of total parking spaces. Providing a discounted parking rate is an acceptable substitute for preferred parking for carpool or vanpool vehicles. To establish a meaningful incentive in all potential markets, the parking rate must be discounted at least 20%. The discounted rate must be available to all customers (i.e. not limited to the number of customers equal to 5% of the vehicle parking capacity), publicly posted at the entrance of the parking area, and available for a minimum of 2 years.

OR

Option 3

Provide no new parking.

OR

Option 4

For projects that have no minimum local zoning requirements, provide 25% fewer parking spaces than the applicable standard listed in the 2003 Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) “Parking Generation” study at http://www.ite.org.

Case 2 - Residential healthcare licensed long term care projects

Option 1

Size parking capacity to meet, but not exceed, minimum local zoning requirements or health department regulatory authority, whichever is the overriding requirement.

Provide infrastructure and support programs to facilitate shared vehicle use, such as carpool drop-off areas, designated parking for vanpools, car-share services, ride boards and shuttle services to mass transit.

Provide preferred parking1 for carpools or vanpools for 5% of the total parking spaces provided for staff OR, for projects that provide parking for less than 5% FTE staff measured at peak periods, provide preferred parking1 for carpools or vanpools, marked as such, for 5% of total provided parking spaces.

OR

Option 2

Provide no new parking.

Case 3 - Mixed use healthcare projects (i.e. including residential, retail, and/or medical office components)

Option 1 - Commercial and non-commercial requirements

Mixed-use buildings with less than 10% non-residential area must be considered residential and adhere to the residential requirements in Case 2. For mixed-use buildings with more than 10% non-residential area, the non-residential space must adhere to the requirements in Case 1 and the residential component must adhere to residential requirements in Case 2. Note: This option applies only to mixed-use healthcare projects that include residential, retail and/or medical office components.

OR

Option 2

Provide no new parking.

1For the purposes of this credit “preferred parking” refers to the parking spots that are closest to the main entrance of the project (exclusive of spaces designated for handicapped persons) or parking passes provided at a discounted price. To establish a meaningful incentive in all potential markets, the parking rate must be discounted at least 20%. The discounted rate must be available to all eligible customers (i.e. not limited to the number of customers equal to 5% of the vehicle parking capacity), publicly posted at the entrance of the parking area, and available for a minimum of 2 years.

Streamlined path available

Achievement of this credit can be documented via a LEED ND v2009 submittal. For more information check out this article.

SITES-LEED Equivalency

This LEED credit (or a component of this credit) has been established as equivalent to a SITES v2 credit or component. For more information on using the equivalency as a substitution in your LEED or SITES project, see this article and guidance document.

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