NC-v4 LTc8: Green vehicles

  • Invest in green vehicle use

    This credit goes beyond assigning parking spaces for green vehicle, i.e., low-emitting and fuel-efficient cars. Although that is one component, teams must also install alternative-fuel stations onsite in order to earn the credit.

    Alternative-fuel stations can be electric vehicle charging stations, liquid or gas alternative fueling stations, or a battery switching station that is capable of servicing multiple vehicles each day. 

    For projects that provide lots of parking, this credit should be straightforward to implement. It may be more difficult for projects with limited parking to carve out space for preferred parkingPreferred parking, available to particular users, includes designated spaces close to the building (aside from designated handicapped spots), designated covered spaces, discounted parking passes, and guaranteed passes in a lottery system. For employee parking, it refers to the spots that are closest to the entrance used by employees. and fueling stations.

    What’s New in LEED v4

    New Construction, Core and Shell, Data Centers, Hospitality, Retail, Healthcare

    • LEED now uses the term “green vehicles” instead of “low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehiclesFuel-efficient vehicles have achieved a minimum green score of 40 according to the annual vehicle-rating guide of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy..”
    • Options 1 and 2 now require that green vehicle and alternative-fuel refueling stations have priority parking for all projects.
    • USGBC requires that electrical connectors must adhere to SAE Surface Vehicle Recommended Practice J1772, SAE Electric Vehicle Conductive Charge Coupler or an equivalent regional or local standard and be capable of dynamic interaction with the utility grid.
    • The minimum ACEEE green classification score for fuel-efficient vehicles has been raised to 45.
    • The requirement for alternative-fuel refueling stations has been reduced to 2% of the total parking capacity.
    • LEED no longer includes credits for providing green vehicles or a car-sharing program to building occupants.

    LEED for Schools

    • See section above for changes in Option 1.
    • The credit no longer requires a designated carpool drop-off location for green vehicles (previously referred to as “low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles”).
    • Option 2 now requires you to create an implementation plan for NOx and particulate emissions standards for school buses serving the project and a green vehicle designation for non-bus vehicles.

     

    FAQs

    If our garage has multiple levels of parking, how do I select “preferred” spaces?

    LEED defines preferred parking spaces as spaces that are the closest driving distance and the closest walking distance to the entrance of the building. In a multi-level garage, the preferred spaces would be those on the first level (closest driving distance), and those that are located with the best proximity to the building entrance (closest walking distance).

    Can my EV charging stations be used as my preferred spaces for green vehicles?

    No. The LEED Reference Guide makes it clear that EV charging stations must be provided in addition to preferred parking for green vehicles. One space may not be swapped out for the other, they must both be provided together.

    Do the alternative fueling stations need to be in a preferred location?

    No, only the 5% of preferred parking spaces must be in an optimal location for building users. The EV charging stations or other alternative fuel stations may be anywhere onsite. These stations have no location requirements.

    I have occupant and visitor parking in separate areas on our project site. Do the preferred spaces need to be located in the visitor parking as well?

    Yes, the preferred spaces should be distributed through the long-term and short-term parking spaces to ensure occupants and visitors have access to the preferred spaces.  

  • LT Credit 8: Green vehicles

    Intent

    To reduce pollution by promoting alternatives to conventionally fueled automobiles.

    Requirements

    Designate 5% of all parking spaces used by the project as preferred parkingPreferred parking, available to particular users, includes designated spaces close to the building (aside from designated handicapped spots), designated covered spaces, discounted parking passes, and guaranteed passes in a lottery system. For employee parking, it refers to the spots that are closest to the entrance used by employees. for green vehicles. Clearly identify and enforce for sole use by green vehicles. Distribute preferred parking spaces proportionally among various parking sections (e.g. between short-term and long-term spaces).

    Green vehicles must achieve a minimum green score of 45 on the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) annual vehicle rating guide (or local equivalent for projects outside the U.S.) [Europe ACP: Green Vehicles] [South America ACP: Green Vehicles].

    A discounted parking rate of at least 20% for green vehicles is an acceptable substitute for preferred parking spaces. The discounted rate must be publicly posted at the entrance of the parking area and permanently available to every qualifying vehicle.

    In addition to preferred parking for green vehicles, meet one of the following two options for alternative-fuel fueling stations:

    Option 1. Electric vehicle charging

    Install electrical vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) in 2% of all parking spaces used by the project. Clearly identify and reserve these spaces for the sole use by plug-in electric vehicles. Parking spaces that include EVSE must be provided separate from and in addition to preferred parking spaces for green vehicles.

    The EVSE must:

    • Provide a Level 2 charging capacity (208 – 240 volts) or greater.
    • Comply with the relevant regional or local standard for electrical connectors, such as SAE Surface Vehicle Recommended Practice J1772, SAE Electric Vehicle Conductive Charge Coupler or IEC 62196 of the International Electrotechnical Commission for projects outside the U.S.
    • Be networked or internet addressable and be capable of participating in a demand-response program or time-of-use pricing to encourage off-peak charging.

    OR

    Option 2. Liquid, gas, or battery facilities

    Install liquid or gas alternative fuel fueling facilities or a battery switching station capable of refueling a number of vehicles per day equal to at least 2% of all parking spaces.

    Alternative Compliance Paths (ACPs)

    Europe ACP: Green Vehicles

    Projects in Europe may use vehicles meeting the Euro 6 limit values of Regulation (EC) No. 715/2007.

    South America ACP: Green Vehicles

    Vehicles in South America may qualify as green vehicles by meeting both of the following conditions:

    1. A score of Four Stars or above from IBAMA (Instituto Brasileiro do Meio Ambiente e dos Recursos Naturais Renováveis - Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources) Nota Verde Program.
    2. An A from INMETRO (Instituto Nacional de Metrologia, Qualidade e Tecnologia - National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology) Brazilian Labeling Program for Vehicles.
    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.

Design Submittal

PencilDocumentation for this credit can be part of a Design Phase submittal.

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Dianne Herrin Vice President Practical Energy Solutions
Jun 05 2017
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EV Charging Stations

Project Location: United States

Hello - My client is preparing to purchase Tesla EV charging stations to meet LEED v4 requirements. These stations will work only with Teslas. I see nothing in the guidance to suggest that a proprietary unit will disqualify us from the LEED credit. Can you clarify that the Tesla stations will qualify for LEED v4? Thank you.

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Landry Watson DPR Construction Jun 13 2017 LEEDuser Member 217 Thumbs Up

Dianne - Strictly reading from the ref guide language for LEED v4, an EVSE must comply with 3 conditions (paraphrase) 1. A Level 2 charger 2. Have an SAE J1772 connector and 3. Network/addressable and DRDemand response is a change in electricity use by demand-side resources from their normal consumption patterns in response to changes in the price of electricity or to incentive payments designed to induce lower electricity use at times of high wholesale market prices or when system reliability is jeopardized. capable piece of equipment. From this guidance, I'd identify two issues that you may need to address with reviewers.

First, the Tesla plug is not currently considered compliant with SAE J1772 plugs. There are adapters that allow SAE J1772 to connect to Tesla EVSE; however, I'm not aware of an LI or CIRCredit Interpretation Ruling. Used by design team members experiencing difficulties in the application of a LEED prerequisite or credit to a project. Typically, difficulties arise when specific issues are not directly addressed by LEED information/guide that allow the use of an adapter to comply. Second, it isn't clear that Tesla equipment (either wall or supercharger) can be considered networked/addressable and DR capable. There is no product information or declaration that I've seen that indicates that capability as thoroughly as other manufacturers. This may be something you may address prior to submittal for review.

I'm aware of Tesla charging stations being accepted for LEED v3 credit compliance.

I'm just as curious as you to see if there are rulings that will allow these to demonstrate compliance, but on its face and reading from the ref guide, you may need to clear up or defend those two issues. Hope this helps!

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Marilyn Specht Sustainability Consultant, Integral Group Jun 16 2017 LEEDuser Expert 849 Thumbs Up

I second Landry's comments. Dianne, have you reached out to LEED Coach to get some more clarification on this? Please keep us posted on anything you are able to find out!

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Rita Haberman Brightworks
Feb 23 2017
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Combining LEV/FEV and Discounts

Has anyone heard of an alternative method for combining preferred parkingPreferred parking, available to particular users, includes designated spaces close to the building (aside from designated handicapped spots), designated covered spaces, discounted parking passes, and guaranteed passes in a lottery system. For employee parking, it refers to the spots that are closest to the entrance used by employees. for green vehicles and also providing a discount? My project has very limited parking and does not want to designate too many as preferred for green vehicles (we are meeting the EV charging station requirement). They are asking to provide half the amount, and then provide maybe a 10% discount versus 20% parking discount. We aren't meeting reduced parking footprintParking footprint refers to the area of the project site occupied by the parking areas and structures. either because of hte small size and having to designate a ton of spaces to carpool/vanpool. Anyone heard of maybe combining also the carpool/vanpool with green vehicles for just 1 point versus achieving both points?

This is a residential project so the carpool/vanpool option just makes no sense!

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Marilyn Specht Sustainability Consultant, Integral Group Jun 16 2017 LEEDuser Expert 849 Thumbs Up

Hi Rita, I am not personally aware of a project successfully combining the two, but given your project constraints, it seems like you *may* be able to reasonably state your case. Have you been able to reach GBCIThe Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) manages Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building certification and professional accreditation processes. It was established in 2008 with support from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). about this and discuss with them?

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Nathan Gauthier Director of FM Integration and Sustainability Shawmut Design and Construction
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LEED for Schools - Option 2, Buses and School-Owned Vehicles

Has anybody tried this credit? Our client is OK with the commitment for buses, but they also need all of their school-owned vehicles to have an ACEEE score of 45. The only vehicles they own are full size pickup trucks primarily for landscaping and snow plowing. There are no ACEEE 45+ full size pickup trucks (or compact pickups for that matter). Has anybody sought an exception for work trucks? Thoughts on a conditional commitment to phase in compliant vehicles if they ever exist?

I'll also use this opportunity to share my dislike for ACEEE as a measure for this credit. It is a rating that comes out long after the cars come out so you can't use it when purchasing a new vehicle and consumers are unfamiliar with it so it doesn't lend itself nicely to signage. The USGBC had allowed via CIRCredit Interpretation Ruling. Used by design team members experiencing difficulties in the application of a LEED prerequisite or credit to a project. Typically, difficulties arise when specific issues are not directly addressed by LEED information/guide some better options in previous versions of LEED. Sad to see they went back to ACEEE only in v4 or that there isn't a clear way for people to know they're buying something compliant at the time of purchase.

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Marilyn Specht Sustainability Consultant, Integral Group Feb 15 2017 LEEDuser Expert 849 Thumbs Up

Hi Nathan, I do not have experience with an exception on this credit but your situation seems valid as it relates to the trucks and it sounds like a good opportunity to speak with GBCIThe Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) manages Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building certification and professional accreditation processes. It was established in 2008 with support from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). directly. You can request a call with a member of their technical staff and walk them through your project specifics. As always, the more you can focus on credit intent and how your project is meeting it, typically the better light you will paint your situation in.

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Kristen Callori Principal EDI Integrative Consulting, LLC
Dec 29 2016
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Green Vehicle permitting and parking enforcement

Page 128 of the v4 Reference Guide shows a picture of preferred parkingPreferred parking, available to particular users, includes designated spaces close to the building (aside from designated handicapped spots), designated covered spaces, discounted parking passes, and guaranteed passes in a lottery system. For employee parking, it refers to the spots that are closest to the entrance used by employees. signage that includes the words "Permit Required". Are we to infer that all green vehicles must now be deemed and permitted as 'green' per the referenced standard by the project owners or by some other means? Also, p. 121 uses the phrase (under Requirements), "Clearly identify and enforce for sole use by green vehicles." Does that mean that personnel need to be patrolling the parking lot? I don't see any qualification anywhere of this term 'enforce'... Additional guidance would be greatly appreciated, as we don't know what to tell our clients. Thank you in advance.

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Marilyn Specht Sustainability Consultant, Integral Group Jan 17 2017 LEEDuser Expert 849 Thumbs Up

Hi Kristen, no, permits are not required. What is required is to have signage that says something to the effect of "Low Emitting / Fuel Efficient Vehicle Parking Only." You are required to provide signage photos or details showing this is the case and note which spaces are included but you are not required to demonstrate follow up regarding enforcement. Certainly, the intent is that the spaces will be used as they are listed/intended to be but how each project deals with this after occupancy is left open for each to decide.

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Julia Otero Jacobs
Oct 27 2016
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Reduced truck idling

In a warehouse to pursue option 2, which characteristics must have external connectors in terms of power and position acording to the loading docks?

Thanks!

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Marilyn Specht Sustainability Consultant, Integral Group Jan 17 2017 LEEDuser Expert 849 Thumbs Up

Hi Julia, I am not completely clear on your question but page 127 of the Reference Guide provides some good step-by-step instruction on this that might be helpful.

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Steven Wychorski
Oct 18 2016
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EV Charging Stations

There is a conflict with the Online form and the Reference guide/LEED Online. Both LEED Online and Reference guide clearly state that EV Charging stations must be 2% of total Parking spaces. The online form which I've triple checked says 3%. USGBC has to clarify. Is it 2 or 3% of total parking? Thank you.

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John Beeson Green Mystic in Residence, Catalyst Partners Oct 19 2016 LEEDuser Member 20 Thumbs Up

2%. I have the form showing me 2%, so I'd go with that, unless there has been some Addendum released stating otherwise! :)

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Marilyn Specht Sustainability Consultant, Integral Group Jan 17 2017 LEEDuser Expert 849 Thumbs Up

2% is the requirement

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Dianne Herrin Vice President Practical Energy Solutions
Sep 26 2016
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Signage and Language

What is the most appropriate signage for identifying these preferred parkingPreferred parking, available to particular users, includes designated spaces close to the building (aside from designated handicapped spots), designated covered spaces, discounted parking passes, and guaranteed passes in a lottery system. For employee parking, it refers to the spots that are closest to the entrance used by employees. spaces, especially since LEED has stopped using "low-emitting" and "fuel-efficient" and is now using "green vehicles"? Specifically, what language is best for identifying these spaces so drivers can know if their cars qualify? And, does a simple sign marking preferred spaces next to the handicapped spaces fulfill the criteria (in addition, of course, to the EV spaces located elsewhere)?

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Dianne Herrin Vice President, Practical Energy Solutions Oct 06 2016 LEEDuser Member 265 Thumbs Up

Still waiting for a reply...Can someone help? Thank you!

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Kimberly Schlaepfer Sustainability Coordinator LEED AP O+M, BD+C, YR&G Oct 06 2016 LEEDuser Expert 920 Thumbs Up

Hi Dianne,
Good question. The reference guide gives a picture example for signage designating the preferred parkingPreferred parking, available to particular users, includes designated spaces close to the building (aside from designated handicapped spots), designated covered spaces, discounted parking passes, and guaranteed passes in a lottery system. For employee parking, it refers to the spots that are closest to the entrance used by employees. and they labeled it "Green Vehicles Only". The written instruction states "Language used on reserved parking signage must reflect the spirit of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy Green Book methodology", which is pretty unhelpful.
My guess would be that you can continue to use the LE/FE vehicle signage, because it does a good job of noting the types of cars that can park there, and to me, it seems more specific than just noting "Green Vehicles". Interpreting the language above, it seems that LEED will accept signage as long as it is clear that those spaces are for green vehicles only.
For your second question, yes a simple sign will do. You can also consider stripping in each space to mark the green vehicle space.

I hope that helps!

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David Hubka Director - Operations, Transwestern Sustainability Services Oct 26 2016 LEEDuser Expert 4100 Thumbs Up

Hello Dianne and Kimberly,

Great question and spot-on guidance!

I just wanted to add to this since I spoke with a GBCIThe Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) manages Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building certification and professional accreditation processes. It was established in 2008 with support from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). reviewer on this exact question today. Their response was "'Green Vehicle Only' signage will trigger a review comment since it is not descriptive enough. The signage should state 'Low-Emitting and/or Fuel-Efficient Vehicle Parking Only'."

The frustrating part is that the v4 credit name, credit requirements, further explanation, and credit template all lead us to believe the sign should state "Green Vehicle" on the signage.

Also, previous projects have been approved with simply "Green Vehicle Only" signage.

Hope this helps!

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Kristina Pobre Architect
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Off-site charging station

My client is developing a big parcel of land. We are applying certification for only a small part of it (about 2%). The LEED-project has its own parking and a % of it is for green vehicles. About 200m from the LEED-site is a transit hub (for public transpo) for the whole development where electric public vehicles will frequently be.

I would like to ask if we can still get the credit points if we locate the charging station in the transit hub instead of within the LEED-boundary for the following reasons:
1. The transit hub is owned by the same client.
2. The transit hub is quite near the LEED-site.
3. The e-charger will be able to service not only e-cars but also e-buses and other e-vehicles.

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Marilyn Specht Sustainability Consultant, Integral Group Jan 17 2017 LEEDuser Expert 849 Thumbs Up

Hi Kristina, My sense is that unless you are forced to locate the green vehicle parking at the transit hub for a logistical reason (for example, connection issues) then this would not be allowed as these spaces are required to be preferred. Unless, of course, you discount the spaces as discounted parking rate of at least 20% for green vehicles is an acceptable substitute for preferred parkingPreferred parking, available to particular users, includes designated spaces close to the building (aside from designated handicapped spots), designated covered spaces, discounted parking passes, and guaranteed passes in a lottery system. For employee parking, it refers to the spots that are closest to the entrance used by employees. spaces. Note that the discounted rate must be publicly posted at the entrance of the parking area and permanently available to every qualifying vehicle.

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Kristina Pobre Architect
Jul 24 2016
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Off-site charging station

Client is developing a ha land. We are applying certification for only a small part of it (about 2%). The LEED-project has its own parking and a % of it is for green vehicles. About 200m from the LEED-site is a transit hub (for public transpo) for the whole development where electric public vehicles will frequently be.

I would like to ask if we can still get the credit points if we locate the charging station in the transit hub instead of within the LEED-boundary for the following reasons:
1. The transit hub is owned by the same client.
2. The transit hub is quite near the LEED-site.
3. The e-charger will be able to service not only e-cars but also e-buses and other e-vehicles.

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Francis McNulty OCSC
Apr 18 2016
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Clarification on EVSE demand response requirements

Can you please clarify two points regarding e-car demand responseA change in electricity use by demand-side resources from their normal consumption patterns in response to changes in the price of electricity or to incentive payments designed to induce lower electricity use at times of high wholesale market prices or when system reliability is jeopardized. (DRDemand response: a change in electricity use by demand-side resources from their normal consumption patterns in response to changes in the price of electricity or to incentive payments designed to induce lower electricity use at times of high wholesale market prices or when system reliability is jeopardized.) -

1. Are we correct in understanding that LEED considers building DRDemand response is a change in electricity use by demand-side resources from their normal consumption patterns in response to changes in the price of electricity or to incentive payments designed to induce lower electricity use at times of high wholesale market prices or when system reliability is jeopardized. programs as separate from e-car DR programs?

2. Currently there is no e-car DR program available. Can we achieve the credit if the charging stations installed are capable of participating in a future DR program?

Thank you

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Kimberly Schlaepfer Sustainability Coordinator LEED AP O+M, BD+C, YR&G May 16 2016 LEEDuser Expert 920 Thumbs Up

Hi Francis,
I am not fully knowledgeable about e-car DRDemand response: a change in electricity use by demand-side resources from their normal consumption patterns in response to changes in the price of electricity or to incentive payments designed to induce lower electricity use at times of high wholesale market prices or when system reliability is jeopardized. programs, but I hope the following helps!
1. LEED does not have any published guidance clarifying if e-car DRDemand response is a change in electricity use by demand-side resources from their normal consumption patterns in response to changes in the price of electricity or to incentive payments designed to induce lower electricity use at times of high wholesale market prices or when system reliability is jeopardized. programs are considered acceptable DR programs. However, the credit requirements note that at least 10% of peak load must be able to be shifted during a DR event. If the e-car DR program is capable of the 10% peak load shift, then I would assume the program would qualify under LEED. If it cannot meet these requirements, it may be able to be combined with another DR program to earn the credit, but again, calculations proving a 10% peak load shift must be provided.
2. In order to earn this credit without a DR program available, you must do the following.
- Develop a comprehensive plan for shedding at least 10% of building estimated peak electricity demand
- Include DR processes in Cx1. Commissioning (Cx) is the process of verifying and documenting that a building and all of its systems and assemblies are planned, designed, installed, tested, operated, and maintained to meet the owner's project requirements. 2. The process of checking the performance of a building against the owner's goals during design, construction, and occupancy. At a minimum, mechanical and electrical equipment are tested, although much more extensive testing may also be included. scope of work, including at least 1 full test of the DR plan.
So to answer your question, I believe the charging stations would be able to contribute to the future DR program, but it may not be a large enough electricity end user to be the only load shifting in the building during a DR event.
Thanks!

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Summer Gorder Owner ecoREAL
Feb 23 2016
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Public Garage

I am working on a public project downtown that does not have any designated parking. Could we comply by working out an arrangement with a garage in close proximity to assign preferred parkingPreferred parking, available to particular users, includes designated spaces close to the building (aside from designated handicapped spots), designated covered spaces, discounted parking passes, and guaranteed passes in a lottery system. For employee parking, it refers to the spots that are closest to the entrance used by employees., or provide a discount for Green Vehicles, if we could also find a location for an EV charging station?

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Kimberly Schlaepfer Sustainability Coordinator LEED AP O+M, BD+C, YR&G Feb 26 2016 LEEDuser Expert 920 Thumbs Up

Hi Summer,
Is there any parking set aside specifically for your building in the surrounding garages? If not, I think that rather than pursue this credit, you should consider LTc7 Reduce Parking FootprintParking footprint refers to the area of the project site occupied by the parking areas and structures., since no new parking will be provided. I do not believe this credit is achievable if a project does not have any associated parking.
Hope that helps!

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John Beeson Green Mystic in Residence, Catalyst Partners Mar 03 2016 LEEDuser Member 20 Thumbs Up

Buyer beware: in v4, no new parking is now longer an option for points in LTc7. I am in the same situation and trying to make a point that we intentionally did not include any parking for the reason to meet the credit intent!

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Anne Harney Principal and Founder Long Green Specs
Jan 26 2016
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College/University Campuses

For college/university campuses, most new buildings do not include the construction of new parking or if they do it might be a minimum number of service space for facilities staff and deliveries. To demonstrate a project's compliance that provides no new parking, must a project team analyze the entire parking capacity of a college/university campus to illustrate that an appropriate number of green vehicle parking spaces exist with sufficient distribution?

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Kimberly Schlaepfer Sustainability Coordinator LEED AP O+M, BD+C, YR&G Feb 19 2016 LEEDuser Expert 920 Thumbs Up

Hi Anne,
Yes if you are on a campus where the parking is not separated by building, and can be used by the entire campus, then the low-emitting, fuel efficient spaces should represent 5% of the total parking capacity. These spaces should also be distributed throughout short term and long term parking areas. Note that the spaces should be in preferred spots on campus.

Hope that helps!

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Anne Harney Principal and Founder Long Green Specs
Jan 26 2016
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College/University Campuses

For college/university campuses, most new buildings do not include the construction of new parking or if they do it might be a minimum number of service space for facilities staff and deliveries. To demonstrate a project's compliance that provides no new parking, must a project team analyze the entire parking capacity of a college/university campus to illustrate that an appropriate number of green vehicle parking spaces exist with sufficient distribution?

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Miriam Ramirez Baumgarten M.Sc. LEED AP BD+C, ID+C, WELL AP, EDGE Auditor Baumarch
Oct 08 2015
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Project with no associated off-street parking

Hi!

Could a project with no associated off-street parking achieve credit compliance by installing electrical vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) in a taxi station near the project and having signage in the building to let building users know that it is available?

Thanks!

Miriam

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Gustavo De las Heras Izquierdo Arch. Eng. LEED AP BD+C; O+M; CxA: Green Rater in Training, Revitaliza Consultores Nov 12 2015 Guest 2414 Thumbs Up

That's a good question. Coincidentally, we have the same issue in our project. Does anyone have an answer?

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Melissa Kelly Sustainability Manager, YR&G Dec 01 2015 LEEDuser Expert 752 Thumbs Up

Hi Miriam and Gustavo,

The Reference Guide states that it's no longer possible to earn this credit through a green vehicle or car-sharing program, and I could see the taxi station being considered that way. There might be a case for a CIRCredit Interpretation Ruling. Used by design team members experiencing difficulties in the application of a LEED prerequisite or credit to a project. Typically, difficulties arise when specific issues are not directly addressed by LEED information/guide if most people would take a taxi, and there's a way to show that the electric taxi charger use is equivalent to the use of electric chargers for 2% of the parking that would otherwise be provided for occupants. However, I'm not sure that it would meet all the credit requirements--it would also depend on whether the preferred parkingPreferred parking, available to particular users, includes designated spaces close to the building (aside from designated handicapped spots), designated covered spaces, discounted parking passes, and guaranteed passes in a lottery system. For employee parking, it refers to the spots that are closest to the entrance used by employees. requirements could be exempted for projects without parking.

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Jessica Gracie-Grifin LEED Manager SERA Architects
Jul 14 2015
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Aggregated Accounting

I am borrowing Jessica's account... this is Jeff Frost with SERA...

Under LEED 2009 it was possible to do weighted averages when providing both EV charging stations and LEFE parking; we often did this when a client was providing less then the required number of EV spaces to fully achieve that option (but still wanted to do it) and then we would adjust our LEFE count to accommodate.

We have a client who would like to provide 10% EV charging stations. Would this allow us to eliminate the need for the 5% LEFE or would we still need to have these two distinct parking designations... LEFE and EV?

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Kimberly Schlaepfer Sustainability Coordinator LEED AP O+M, BD+C, YR&G Aug 27 2015 LEEDuser Expert 920 Thumbs Up

Hi Jeff,
The reference guide makes it clear that EV charging stations must be provided IN ADDITION to preferred parkingPreferred parking, available to particular users, includes designated spaces close to the building (aside from designated handicapped spots), designated covered spaces, discounted parking passes, and guaranteed passes in a lottery system. For employee parking, it refers to the spots that are closest to the entrance used by employees. for LEFE vehicles. It does not explicitly mention that parking space types may be sub-ed out for one another in order to fulfill the requirement. My best guess is that this is not allowed, because the reference guide firmly states that LEFE spaces AND alternative fuel stations (EV or other) must both be present.

Hope this helps!

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deepak cherukumilli LEED AP (BD+C) Dar al Handasah
May 21 2015
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Preferred Parking a must for EVSE vehicles ?

Is 2% of total parking spaces for EVSE vehicles required to be preferred parkingPreferred parking, available to particular users, includes designated spaces close to the building (aside from designated handicapped spots), designated covered spaces, discounted parking passes, and guaranteed passes in a lottery system. For employee parking, it refers to the spots that are closest to the entrance used by employees. or can be any parking spaces.

Green Vehicles credit language doesnot mention about this. However, related credit tips in Green vehicles credit mentions a total 5% + 2% = 7% preferred parking is required in Green vehicles credit and another 5% as required in reduced parking footprintParking footprint refers to the area of the project site occupied by the parking areas and structures. credit.

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Karin Miller Senior Sustainability Manager, YR&G Jun 02 2015 LEEDuser Member 757 Thumbs Up

Hi Deepak,

In addition to meeting the 5% preferred parkingPreferred parking, available to particular users, includes designated spaces close to the building (aside from designated handicapped spots), designated covered spaces, discounted parking passes, and guaranteed passes in a lottery system. For employee parking, it refers to the spots that are closest to the entrance used by employees. for green vehicles, projects must meet one of the two options for alternative-fuel fueling stations, either Option 1: Electrical Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) or Option 2: Liquid, Gas or Battery Facilities in 2% of all parking spaces in addition to the 5% preferred parking.

For Option 1, EVSE for plug-in electric vehicles or battery switching stations may be located in any area of the parking facility. Parking spaces reserved for EVSE may not contribute toward preferred parking spaces for green vehicles.

For Option 2, liquid or gas fueling stations should be located outdoors if possible. If a liquid or gas fueling station cannot be located outdoors, provide dedicated exhaust connected directly to the outdoors.

Neither of the options for alternative-fuel fueling stations are required to be preferred parking locations. They are counted separately.

Karin

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Geoffrey Katz AECOM May 29 2017 LEEDuser Member

Hello Kristen and Marilyn,
To follow this line of discussion: Green Vehicles is a Design Credit. But the documentation calls for photos of signage or pavement marking - which would be installed towards the end of construction. For documentation and submittal as a design credit is it sufficient to provide a drawing of the signage / markings that will be installed?
Thanks

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