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LEED v4.1

Schools – New Construction

Location & Transportation
High Priority Site and Equitable Development

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Schools-NC-v4.1 LTc3: High priority site 1-2 points

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Intent

To build the economic and social vitality of communities, encourage project location in areas with development constraints, and promote the ecological and community health of the surrounding area.

Requirements

Option 1. High Priority Site (1 point BD&C except Core and Shell, 2 points Core and Shell)
Path 1. Economically Disadvantaged Community Location (1 point BD&C except Core and Shell, 2 points Core and Shell)

Locate within one of the following areas:

  • Census tract* in which average household income is at or below 80% area median income (AMI)
  • Census tract in which at least 20% of population is at or below poverty rate of state, provincial, or other regional jurisdiction
  • Census tract in which unemployment is at least 150% of the state, provincial, or other regional jurisdiction.

*or local equivalent government-defined municipal tract for projects outside the U.S.

OR

Path 2. Brownfield Remediation (1 point BD&C except Core and Shell, 2 points Core and Shell)

Locate on a brownfield where soil or groundwater contamination has been identified, and where the local, state, or national authority (whichever has jurisdiction) requires its remediation. In cases of voluntary remediation by the project team, provide confirmation by the local, state, or national authority (whichever has jurisdiction) to verify that the site is a brownfield. Perform remediation to the satisfaction of the relevant authority.

AND/OR

Option 2. Equitable Development (1 point BD&C except Core and Shell, 2 points Core and Shell)
Path 1. Equity & Community Benefits (1 point BD&C except Core and Shell, 2 points Core and Shell)

Develop and implement an equity plan.

OR

Path 2. Affordable Housing in Residential or Mixed-Use Projects (1 point)

Include a proportion of new rental and/or for-sale dwelling units priced for households earning less than the AMI. Rental units must be maintained at affordable levels for a minimum of 15 years. Existing dwelling units are exempt from requirement calculations. Meet or exceed the minimum thresholds in Table 1. Projects must meet or exceed the minimum percentage of units mandated through inclusionary zoning by their local jurisdictions.

Table 1. Minimum affordable units

Rental Dwelling Units 10 percent of total rental units (or at least one unit) priced up to 60% AMI
For-Sale Dwelling Units 5 percent of total for-sale units (or at least one unit) priced up to 80% AMI
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LEEDuser expert

Luis Huertas

Sustainable Design Consulting
Project Manager

USGBC logo

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

Intent

To build the economic and social vitality of communities, encourage project location in areas with development constraints, and promote the ecological and community health of the surrounding area.

Requirements

Option 1. High Priority Site (1 point BD&C except Core and Shell, 2 points Core and Shell)
Path 1. Economically Disadvantaged Community Location (1 point BD&C except Core and Shell, 2 points Core and Shell)

Locate within one of the following areas:

  • Census tract* in which average household income is at or below 80% area median income (AMI)
  • Census tract in which at least 20% of population is at or below poverty rate of state, provincial, or other regional jurisdiction
  • Census tract in which unemployment is at least 150% of the state, provincial, or other regional jurisdiction.

*or local equivalent government-defined municipal tract for projects outside the U.S.

OR

Path 2. Brownfield Remediation (1 point BD&C except Core and Shell, 2 points Core and Shell)

Locate on a brownfield where soil or groundwater contamination has been identified, and where the local, state, or national authority (whichever has jurisdiction) requires its remediation. In cases of voluntary remediation by the project team, provide confirmation by the local, state, or national authority (whichever has jurisdiction) to verify that the site is a brownfield. Perform remediation to the satisfaction of the relevant authority.

AND/OR

Option 2. Equitable Development (1 point BD&C except Core and Shell, 2 points Core and Shell)
Path 1. Equity & Community Benefits (1 point BD&C except Core and Shell, 2 points Core and Shell)

Develop and implement an equity plan.

OR

Path 2. Affordable Housing in Residential or Mixed-Use Projects (1 point)

Include a proportion of new rental and/or for-sale dwelling units priced for households earning less than the AMI. Rental units must be maintained at affordable levels for a minimum of 15 years. Existing dwelling units are exempt from requirement calculations. Meet or exceed the minimum thresholds in Table 1. Projects must meet or exceed the minimum percentage of units mandated through inclusionary zoning by their local jurisdictions.

Table 1. Minimum affordable units

Rental Dwelling Units 10 percent of total rental units (or at least one unit) priced up to 60% AMI
For-Sale Dwelling Units 5 percent of total for-sale units (or at least one unit) priced up to 80% AMI

LEEDuser expert

Luis Huertas

Sustainable Design Consulting
Project Manager

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