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LEED v4.1
Existing Warehouses & Dist. Ctrs.
Sustainable Sites
Site Management

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Warehouses-EBOM-v4.1 SSc4: Site management 1 point

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Sr. Electrical Engineer

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Intent

To provide environmentally sensitive site management practices that protect and enhance habitat, reduce pollutants and waste, protect soils and hydrology and reduce site domestic water use.

Requirements

Conduct a site assessment to identify and document natural areas providing habitat.

Have in place a site management plan that demonstrates how the following best practices are met:

  • Monitor and eradicate invasive and exotic plant species from natural habitat areas.
  • Manage snow and ice in ways that limit degradation of water quality, surrounding plants and soil health from chemical deicer applications.
  • Prevent erosion by maintaining vegetative cover, and restore any eroded soils.
  • Reduce noise and air pollution resulting from gasoline powered equipment.
  • Divert from landfills 100% of plant material waste for composting reuse.
  • Reduce fertilizer use to only as needed for plant health applications based on soil testing. Eliminate preventive applications of herbicides, pesticides and fungicides applying only as needed for occurrences.
  • Prepare an Integrated Pest Management plan.
  • Add one or more inches of organic matter mulch, such as compost, to soil surfaces in planting areas annually.
  • Irrigate vegetation, other than planted containers, only with automatic controlled systems utilizing either rain shutoff, moisture sensing or weather based controls.
  • Monitor irrigation systems at least bi-weekly during the operating season and correct any leaks, breaks, inappropriate water usage, or incorrect timing.
  • Store materials and equipment to prevent air and site contamination.
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© Copyright U.S. Green Building Council, Inc. All rights reserved.

Intent

To provide environmentally sensitive site management practices that protect and enhance habitat, reduce pollutants and waste, protect soils and hydrology and reduce site domestic water use.

Requirements

Conduct a site assessment to identify and document natural areas providing habitat.

Have in place a site management plan that demonstrates how the following best practices are met:

  • Monitor and eradicate invasive and exotic plant species from natural habitat areas.
  • Manage snow and ice in ways that limit degradation of water quality, surrounding plants and soil health from chemical deicer applications.
  • Prevent erosion by maintaining vegetative cover, and restore any eroded soils.
  • Reduce noise and air pollution resulting from gasoline powered equipment.
  • Divert from landfills 100% of plant material waste for composting reuse.
  • Reduce fertilizer use to only as needed for plant health applications based on soil testing. Eliminate preventive applications of herbicides, pesticides and fungicides applying only as needed for occurrences.
  • Prepare an Integrated Pest Management plan.
  • Add one or more inches of organic matter mulch, such as compost, to soil surfaces in planting areas annually.
  • Irrigate vegetation, other than planted containers, only with automatic controlled systems utilizing either rain shutoff, moisture sensing or weather based controls.
  • Monitor irrigation systems at least bi-weekly during the operating season and correct any leaks, breaks, inappropriate water usage, or incorrect timing.
  • Store materials and equipment to prevent air and site contamination.

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LEEDuser expert

Bill Swanson

PE, LEED AP BD+C

Feyen Zylstra
Sr. Electrical Engineer

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