Excerpted from LEED 2009 for Neighborhood Development
To design parking to increase the pedestrian orientation of projects and minimize the adverse environmental effects of parking facilities. To reduce public health risks by encouraging daily physical activity associated with walking and bicycling.
For new nonresidential buildings and multiunit residential buildings, either do not build new off-street parking lots, or locate all new off-street surface parking lots at the side or rear of buildings, leaving building frontages facing streets free of surface parking lots.
Use no more than 20% of the total development footprintThe development footprint is the total area of the building footprint and area affected by development or by project site activity. Hardscape, access roads, parking lots, nonbuilding facilities, and the building itself are all included in the development footprint. area for all new off-street surface parking facilities, with no individual surface parking lot larger than 2 acres (0.8 hectares). For the purposes of this credit, surface parking facilities include ground-level garages unless they are under habitable building space. Underground or multistory parking facilities can be used to provide additional capacity, and on-street parking spaces are exempt from this limitation.
Provide bicycle parking and storage capacity to new buildings as follows:
Secure, enclosed bicycle storage areas must be locked and easily accessible to residents and/or workers. Provide informational signage on using the storage facilities.
Visitors’ and customers’ bicycle racks (or equivalent) must be clearly visible from a main entry, located within 100 feet (30 meters) of the door, served with night lighting, and protected from damage from nearby vehicles. If the building has multiple main entries, bicycle racks (or equivalent) must be proportionally dispersed within 100 feet (30 meters) of each.
Shower and changing facility requirements may be met by providing the equivalent of free access to on-site health club shower facilities, if the health club can be accessed without going outside. Provide informational signage on using the shower facilities.
Provide carpool and/or shared-use vehicle parking spaces equivalent to 10% of the total automobile parking for each nonresidential and mixed-use building on the site. Signage indicating such parking spots must be provided, and the parking spots must be within 200 feet (60 meters) of entrances to the buildings served.
Our project is a gut rehab of existing attached townhomes with offstreet surface parking. There will be no new offstreet parking. The only non-residential building is a community center. Can we still earn this credit? Would it just be having carpool parking for the community center? And perhaps the secure bike storage? It sounds like existing parking is exempt from the other requirements. Thanks!
Tommy, is the community center a new or existing building?
It is an existing building as well....
Tommy, only projects with new buildings or new off-street surface parking can pursue this credit. The last paragraph on carpool/shared-use vehicle parking is inadvertently missing the word "new" in front of "non-res and mixed-use building," consistent with the credit's other requirements that stipulate new buildings.
We really need to meet the ratio of 1 for every 10 car parking spaces for carpool (10%)?. These should be separate or together?. How to justify the existence of these types of automobiles in the projec?t. And we need to accomplish this section of the credit in countries where carpooling is not common?
Maria Isabel, yes, the credit requires that 10% of off-street auto parking spaces be dedicated to either carpool vehicles or shared-use vehicles. The location of these parking spaces on the project site is up to the designer, and they don't necessarily need to be together. If carpooling or shared-use vehicles are uncommon and providing the parking spaces is a hardship, you may want to consider 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.
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