Hello LEEDUser Hive - I am working on a series of public schools that have outdoor play areas.  The play areas will be finished with a base of crushed stone and a thick top layer of playground wood chips.  These ares are not "landscaped" as they are structured with playground equipment on top.

Two questions:

Can these areas be considered part of the hardscape used to caluclate Heat Island Reduction?

Is there a rule-of-thumb SR value for wood chips (loose/natural wood, not synthetic)?