Hospitality-NC-v4 LTc4: Surrounding density and diverse uses

  • Separate rewards for density and variety

    Density and diverse uses are rewarded separately in this credit. Projects can earn points in both or either of the density and diverse use options. If your project is located in a metropolitan area, it’s likely that both components can be achieved.

    There’s also hope for suburban and rural projects! If your building is located on a main street or in a transit-oriented development area, and surrounded by mixed commercial and community services, the diverse uses option may still be achievable even if the density minimums are unattainable.

    What’s New in LEED v4

    • USGBC only allows the full point value of the credit to be earned if both Option 1 and Option 2 are met.
    • All rating systems except LEED for Healthcare now have two thresholds for both options.
    • There are now separate thresholds for residential and nonresidential density calculation.
    • There are now specific project requirements for warehouses and distribution centers.
    • The density radius calculation is now defined as being 1/4 mile (400 m) from the project site.
    • Proximity calculations for diverse uses are now determined by walking distance instead of radius.
    • There are additional restrictions on how credit for diverse uses is counted.

    FAQs

    When it comes to satisfying the requirements for Option 1, what does the "total buildable land" take into account? And the "total building area"?

    “Total buildable land” represents all land within the ¼-mile radius that can be built on. This does not include streets, sidewalks, or any area that is not available for development.

    “Total building area” would account for all types of buildings and homes within the ¼ -mile radius, if the project is pursuing combined density. Note that parking garages are excluded from this.

  • LT Credit 4: Surrounding density and diverse uses

    Intent

    To conserve land and protect farmland and wildlife habitat by encouraging development in areas with existing infrastructure. To promote walkability, and transportation efficiency and reduce vehicle distance traveled. To improve public health by encouraging daily physical activity.

    Requirements

    Option 1. Surrounding density (2–3 points)

    Locate on a site whose surrounding existing density within a ¼-mile [400-meter] radius of the project boundary meets the values in Table 1. Use either the “separate residential and nonresidential densities” or the “combined density” values.

    Table 1a. Points for average density within 1/4 mile of project site (IP units)

    Combined density Separate residential and nonresidential densities Points

    BD&C (except Core and Shell)
    Points BD&C (Core and Shell) Points

    ID&C
    Square feet per acre of buildable landThe portion of the site where construction can occur, including land voluntarily set aside and not constructed on.. When used in density calculations, the calculation for buildable land excludes: public streets and other public rights of way, and land excluded from development by law or other prerequisites of LEED for Neighborhood Development. Residential density (DU/acre) Nonresidential density (FARFloor-area ratio is the density of nonresidential land use, exclusive of parking, measured as the total nonresidential building floor area divided by the total buildable land area available for nonresidential structures. For example, on a site with 10,000 square feet (930 square meters) of buildable land area, an FAR of 1.0 would be 10,000 square feet (930 square meters) of building floor area. On the same site, an FAR of 1.5 would be 15,000 square feet (1395 square meters), an FAR of 2.0 would be 20,000 square feet (1860 square meters), and an FAR of 0.5 would be 5,000 square feet (465 square meters).)      
    22,000 7 0.5 2 2 3
    35,000 12 0.8 3 4 6



    Table 1b. Points for average density within 400 meters of project site (SI units)

    Combined density Separate residential and nonresidential densities Points

    BD&C (except Core and Shell)
    Points BD&C

    (Core and Shell)
    Points

    ID&C
    Square meters per hectare of buildable land Residential density (DU/hectare) Nonresidential density (FAR)      
    5,050 17.5 0.5 2 2 3
    8,035 30 0.8 3 4 6





    DU = dwelling unit; FAR = floor-area ratioThe density of nonresidential land use, exclusive of parking, measured as the total nonresidential building floor area divided by the total buildable land area available for nonresidential structures. For example, on a site with 10,000 square feet (930 square meters) of buildable land area, an FAR of 1.0 would be 10,000 square feet (930 square meters) of building floor area. On the same site, an FAR of 1.5 would be 15,000 square feet (1395 square meters), an FAR of 2.0 would be 20,000 square feet (1860 square meters), and an FAR of 0.5 would be 5,000 square feet (465 square meters)..

    AND/OR

    Option 2. Diverse uses (1–2 points)

    Construct or renovate a building or a space within a building such that the building’s main entrance is within a ½-mile (800-meter) walking distance of the main entrance of four to seven (1 point) or eight or more (2 points) existing and publicly available diverse uses (listed in Appendix 1).

    The following restrictions apply.

    • A use counts as only one type (e.g., a retail store may be counted only once even if it sells products in several categories).
    • No more than two uses in each use type may be counted (e.g. if five restaurants are within walking distance, only two may be counted).
    • The counted uses must represent at least three of the five categories, exclusive of the building’s primary use.

    Appendix 1. Use types and categories

    SITES-LEED Equivalency

    This LEED credit (or a component of this credit) has been established as equivalent to a SITES v2 credit or component. For more information on using the equivalency as a substitution in your LEED or SITES project, see this article and guidance document.


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