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.
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.
You can pursue this credit if you increase the vegetated area to at least 5% before the performance period ends.
To preserve and improve ecological integrity while supporting high-performance building operations.
Develop a five-year site improvement plan that includes the following:
The improvement plan must address the following topics.
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.
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