Hospitality-EBOM-v4 SSc6: Site improvement plan

  • New credit, new opportunities

    This credit isn’t a good fit for every project. However, it can be very beneficial in both the near-term and long-term for projects with larger site areas and a higher degree of control over their site’s design and development.

    Teams should be aware that at least 5% of the total site area must be vegetated in order to pursue this credit. Additionally, the improvement plan must be created with the help of site design professionals, so remember to include their fees in your budgeting process.

    What’s New in LEED v4

    • This is a new credit.

    Readiness Review Questions

    • Is at least 5% of your site currently vegetated? If not, can you increase the vegetated area to at least 5% before the performance period ends?
    • Do you have a high degree of control over your site’s design? Will you be able to implement the no-cost and low-cost improvements that are identified through this credit?
    • Do you have the budget to hire a professional to review and inventory the site’s current condition and qualities, identify goals and opportunities, and develop the improvement plan?


    The credit states that all no-cost and low-cost measures must be implemented. What counts as low-cost?

    Each team can set the threshold for low-cost at their discretion. The site design professionals supporting your project can likely help determine what should qualify as a low-cost measure versus a capital measure. However, remember that all projects must have some no-cost and low-cost measures. You cannot categorize all improvements as capital measures.

    We don’t meet the 5% threshold but we really want to attempt this credit. What can we do?

    You can pursue this credit if you increase the vegetated area to at least 5% before the performance period ends.


  • SS Credit 6: Site improvement plan


    To preserve and improve ecological integrity while supporting high-performance building operations.



    Develop a five-year site improvement plan that includes the following:

    • documentation of existing site conditions;
    • site improvement objectives;
    • performance standards to evaluate ongoing progress; and
    • monitoring protocols.

    The improvement plan must address the following topics.

    • Hydrology. Protection and improvement of water bodies on-site, rainwater management and reuse opportunities, potable waterWater that meets or exceeds U.S. Environmental Protection Agency drinking water quality standards (or a local equivalent outside the U.S.) and is approved for human consumption by the state or local authorities having jurisdiction; it may be supplied from wells or municipal water systems.-use reduction.
    • Vegetation. Documentation of existing vegetation on-site, turf area reduction, management of native and invasive plants, protection of threatened, endangered or unique species.
    • Soils. Documentation of general soil structure, preservation of healthy soils, remediation of compacted soils, identification of previously disturbed area.

    The plan must be developed with professionals trained and experienced in the above disciplines.


    Show that at least 5% of the site is vegetated. Implement all no-cost and low-cost measures. Develop a new improvement plan and implement all new no-cost and low-cost measures every five years.

Environmental Best Practices for Deicer Application

Project teams can use this strategy page to support best practices for deicing management for LEED-EBOMEBOM is an acronym for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, one of the LEED 2009 rating systems. v4: Site Management, LEED-EBOM 2009 SSc2: Building Exterior and HardscapeThe inanimate elements of the building landscaping. It includes pavement, roadways, stonewalls, wood and synthetic decking, concrete paths and sidewalks, and concrete, brick, and tile patios. Management Plan, or simply as a guide to best pratices for deicing at your facility.


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