LEED-ND: Yay or Nay?

After five years of preparation and testing, members of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Congress for the New Urbanism will begin balloting in late July on whether to authorize a full-fledged LEED-Neighborhood Development program.

"If the members vote yes - in balloting that would continue for 30 days - and if the National Resources Defense Council and Smart Growth America concur with the decision, the Green Building Council will for the first time operate a permanent certification program that draws from principles of New Urbanism."

Thanks to Renee Brutvan

Full Story: It’s decision time for LEED-ND



The idea has huge merit, but

The idea has huge merit, but to be honest, I think it needs some tweaking for diffierent scales of cities that LEED ND developments may occur in. Portions of the criteria that rely on siting information have 1 mile radius - which may work in large US city but not smaller cities that are also compact and walkable.

I don't recall if this is a part of it, but there should also some minumum (fairly significant) population density criteria for the entire sites, as well as post-occupancy studies and surveys to determine how successful the development has been in enabling the sorts of changes in lifestyle that are sought after (commuting preferences, etc).

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