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Homes-v2008 SSc6: Compact development 2-4 points

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Intent

Make use of compact development patterns to conserve land and promote community livability, transportation efficiency, and walkability.

Requirements

Prerequisites

None.

Credits

6.1 Moderate density (2 points). Build homes with an average housing density of 7 or more dwelling units per acre of buildable land. A single home on 1/7-acre buildable lot qualifies.

OR

6.2 High density (3 points). Build homes with an average housing density of 10 or more dwelling units per acre of buildable land. A single home on 1/10-acre buildable lot qualifies.

OR

6.3 Very high density (4 points). Build homes with an average housing density of 20 or more dwelling units per acre of buildable land. A single home on 1/20-acre buildable lot qualifies.

Note: Buildable land area is calculated as follows:

  • Exclude public streets or public rights-of-way, land occupied by nonresidential structures, public parks, and land excluded from residential development by law.
  • For multiple-lot developments, include only the sum of the lot areas for homes being built for LEED for Homes.
  • The numerator is the number of housing units in the project, and the denominator is the buildable land area included in the project (subject to the above exclustions). Both relate to the project only, not the surrounding area.

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USGBC logo

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

Intent

Make use of compact development patterns to conserve land and promote community livability, transportation efficiency, and walkability.

Requirements

Prerequisites

None.

Credits

6.1 Moderate density (2 points). Build homes with an average housing density of 7 or more dwelling units per acre of buildable land. A single home on 1/7-acre buildable lot qualifies.

OR

6.2 High density (3 points). Build homes with an average housing density of 10 or more dwelling units per acre of buildable land. A single home on 1/10-acre buildable lot qualifies.

OR

6.3 Very high density (4 points). Build homes with an average housing density of 20 or more dwelling units per acre of buildable land. A single home on 1/20-acre buildable lot qualifies.

Note: Buildable land area is calculated as follows:

  • Exclude public streets or public rights-of-way, land occupied by nonresidential structures, public parks, and land excluded from residential development by law.
  • For multiple-lot developments, include only the sum of the lot areas for homes being built for LEED for Homes.
  • The numerator is the number of housing units in the project, and the denominator is the buildable land area included in the project (subject to the above exclustions). Both relate to the project only, not the surrounding area.

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