Data-Centers-NC-v4 MPR1: Must be in a permanent location on existing land

  • The evolution of MPRs in LEED

    Minimum Program Requirements (MPRs), which set literal and actual boundaries for how LEED certification should be applied, continue to evolve in LEED v4. Here's a short history so far:

    • Pre-LEED-2009: no MPRs
    • LEED 2009 (LEED v3): MPRs introduced, with 7 in most rating systems. Supplemental guidance introduced and modified over time as MPRs proved confusing.
    • LEED v4: MPRs more integrated into rating system, reduced to 3.

    What to look for in LEED v4

    The requirements conveyed by the LEED 2009 MPRs have not changed in LEED v4.

    However, USGBC has made structural changes to the MPRs in order to maintain alignment with the overall evolution of the rating system. Some MPRs have been relocated to other documents (like a legal form) and some have been incorporated into the rating system as prerequisites. The MPRs that remain more clearly represent the foundational nature of these requirements.

    How LEED 2009 MPRs have transitioned to LEED v4.How LEED 2009 MPRs have transitioned to LEED v4.

    Supplemental guidance embedded in requirements

    If you're looking to interpret specific requirements of an MPR, look in the MPR language itself (see the credit language tab) under "Additional Guidance," where applicable, rather than in lengthy supplemental guidance documents.

    Questions? Post them in the LEEDuser forum below.

  • MPR 1: Must be in a permanent location on existing land


    The LEED rating system is designed to evaluate buildings, spaces, and neighborhoods in the context of their surroundings. A significant portion of LEED requirements are dependent on the project’s location, therefore it is important that LEED projects are evaluated as permanent structures. Locating projects on existing land is important to avoid artificial land masses that have the potential to displace and disrupt ecosystems.


    All LEED projects must be constructed and operated on a permanent location on existing land. No project that is designed to move at any point in its lifetime may pursue LEED certification. This requirement applies to all land within the LEED project.

    Additional guidance

    Permanent location
    • Movable buildings are not eligible for LEED. This includes boats and mobile homes.
    • Prefabricated or modular structures and building elements may be certified once permanently installed as part of the LEED project.
    Existing land
    • Buildings located on previously constructed docks, piers, jetties, infill, and other manufactured structures in or above water are permissible, provided that the artificial land is previously developedPreviously developed sites are those altered by paving, construction, and/or land use that would typically have required regulatory permitting to have been initiated (alterations may exist now or in the past). Previously developed land includes a platted lot on which a building was constructed if the lot is no more than 1 acre; previous development on lots larger than 1 acre is defined as the development footprint and land alterations associated with the footprint. Land that is not previously developed and altered landscapes resulting from current or historical clearing or filling, agricultural or forestry use, or preserved natural area use are considered undeveloped land. The date of previous development permit issuance constitutes the date of previous development, but permit issuance in itself does not constitute previous development.", such that the land once supported another building or hardscapeHardscape consists of the inanimate elements of the building landscaping. Examples include pavement, roadways, stone walls, concrete paths and sidewalks, and concrete, brick, and tile patios. constructed for a purpose other than the LEED project.


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Feb 19 2017
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