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LEED v2.2
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Sustainable Sites
Alternative Transportation—Low-Emitting & Fuel-Efficient Vehicles

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NC-v2.2 SSc4.3: Alternative Transportation—Low-Emitting & Fuel-Efficient Vehicles 1 point

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Intent

Reduce pollution and land development impacts from automobile use.

Requirements

Option 1

Provide low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles for 3% of Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) occupants AND provide preferred parking for these vehicles.

OR

Option 2

Provide preferred parking for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles for 5% of the total vehicle parking capacity of the site.

OR

Option 3

Install alternative-fuel refueling stations for 3% of the total vehicle parking capacity of the site (liquid or gaseous fueling facilities must be separately ventilated or located outdoors).

For the purposes of this credit, low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles are defined as vehicles that are either classified as Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV) by the California Air Resources Board or have achieved a minimum green score of 40 on the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) annual vehicle rating guide.

"Preferred parking” refers to the parking spots that are closest to the main entrance of the project (exclusive of spaces designated for handicapped) or parking passes provided at a discounted price.

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

Intent

Reduce pollution and land development impacts from automobile use.

Requirements

Option 1

Provide low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles for 3% of Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) occupants AND provide preferred parking for these vehicles.

OR

Option 2

Provide preferred parking for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles for 5% of the total vehicle parking capacity of the site.

OR

Option 3

Install alternative-fuel refueling stations for 3% of the total vehicle parking capacity of the site (liquid or gaseous fueling facilities must be separately ventilated or located outdoors).

For the purposes of this credit, low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles are defined as vehicles that are either classified as Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV) by the California Air Resources Board or have achieved a minimum green score of 40 on the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) annual vehicle rating guide.

"Preferred parking” refers to the parking spots that are closest to the main entrance of the project (exclusive of spaces designated for handicapped) or parking passes provided at a discounted price.

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Do all hybrid vehicles automatically qualify for this credit?

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Can a project pursue this credit via a combination of Option 1 (preferred parking) and Option 2 (alternative fueling stations)?

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How should the signage read for preferred parking spaces?

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For electric vehicle charging stations, how are the parameters established for fueling capacity?

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I am working on a project with no parking spaces allocated. Can I earn this credit?

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Our project is outside the U.S., and the LEED-approved ACEEE Green Score and CARB ratings and classifications don't apply to many vehicles. Is there another approach that is accepted?

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Should I consider motorbikes and parking spaces for them under this credit? What about fleet vehicles?

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LEEDuser expert

Ellen Mitchell

HKS
Director of Sustainability

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