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LEED v4.1
New Construction
Sustainable Sites
Protect or Restore Habitat

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NC-v4.1 SSc2: Protect or Restore Habitat 1-2 points

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Intent

To conserve existing natural areas and restore damaged areas to provide habitat and promote biodiversity.

Requirements

Preserve and protect from all development and construction activity 40% of the greenfield area on the site (if such areas exist). AND Restore a portion of the site (including the building footprint) identified as previously disturbed and follow vegetation and soil requirements below. Vegetated roof surfaces may be included in the habitat area calculations if the plants are native or adapted and provide habitat. Points are awarded according to Table 1.

Table 1. Points for percentage of area restored

Restored Area Points BD+C (except Healthcare) Points BD+C (Healthcare)
15% of total site area 1 1
25% of total site area 2 -
Soil Restoration
Restore disturbed soils in areas that will later serve as the final habitat area.
    Imported soils may not include the following:
    • soils defined regionally by the Natural Resources Conservation Service web soil survey (or local equivalent for projects outside the U.S.) as prime farmland, unique farmland, or farmland of statewide or local importance;
    • soils from other greenfield sites; or
    • sphagnum peat moss.
Vegetation
Plant a minimum of 6 species of vegetation that are native or adapted to the project’s EPA Level III ecoregion (or local equivalent for projects outside of the U.S.). Include a minimum of 2 out of the following plant categories: tree, shrub, and ground cover. Designate a portion of the habitat area for a pollinator garden consisting of native flowering plants and totaling at least 30 square feet (3 square meters). See all forum discussions about this credit »

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Trista Little

LEED AP O+M, BD+C, Fitwel Ambassador

WSP USA
Project Director

USGBC logo

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

Intent

To conserve existing natural areas and restore damaged areas to provide habitat and promote biodiversity.

Requirements

Preserve and protect from all development and construction activity 40% of the greenfield area on the site (if such areas exist). AND Restore a portion of the site (including the building footprint) identified as previously disturbed and follow vegetation and soil requirements below. Vegetated roof surfaces may be included in the habitat area calculations if the plants are native or adapted and provide habitat. Points are awarded according to Table 1.

Table 1. Points for percentage of area restored

Restored Area Points BD+C (except Healthcare) Points BD+C (Healthcare)
15% of total site area 1 1
25% of total site area 2 -
Soil Restoration
Restore disturbed soils in areas that will later serve as the final habitat area.
    Imported soils may not include the following:
    • soils defined regionally by the Natural Resources Conservation Service web soil survey (or local equivalent for projects outside the U.S.) as prime farmland, unique farmland, or farmland of statewide or local importance;
    • soils from other greenfield sites; or
    • sphagnum peat moss.
Vegetation
Plant a minimum of 6 species of vegetation that are native or adapted to the project’s EPA Level III ecoregion (or local equivalent for projects outside of the U.S.). Include a minimum of 2 out of the following plant categories: tree, shrub, and ground cover. Designate a portion of the habitat area for a pollinator garden consisting of native flowering plants and totaling at least 30 square feet (3 square meters).

LEEDuser expert

Trista Little

LEED AP O+M, BD+C, Fitwel Ambassador

WSP USA
Project Director

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