To promote transportation efficiency and reduce vehicle distance traveled. To improve public health by providing safe, appealing, and comfortable street environments that encourage daily physical activity and avoid pedestrian injuries.
A project may earn a maximum of 9 points, awarded according to Table 1.
Items (d) and (e) are cumulative.
Projects that border a part of the circulation network must meet only their proportional share of the height-to-centerline ratio (i.e., only on the project side of the circulation network).
Building height is measured to eaves or, for a flat-roof structure, to the rooftop, and width is measured façade to centerline. For buildings with multiple heights or widths, use average heights or widths weighted by each portion’s share of the total height or width.
I'm a bit confused with why LEED ND is putting a point on this specific criteria. But before that, please correct me if I understand the criteria correctly: The ground floor face of the building (which contains the entries, and not the whole or upper facade) must be not more than 1ft away from the sidewalk.
In practice, we usually give a good distance between the facade (most especially the entries) and the sidewalk, as it gives breaks from heavy pedestrian traffic from the sidewalk and the volume of people coming in and out of a building. Also, the distance is an opportunity to provide vegetation on the frontage which potentially is where we get the open space in LEED BDC.
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