Efforts to reduce vehicle miles traveled, via encouraging bicycling and other forms of alternative transportation, are rewarded by USGBC in the commercial LEED rating sys-tems. This credit is primarily appropriate for larger multifamily projects. Carbon emissions associated with private vehicle travel is a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States and around the globe.
Excerpted from LEED 2009 for New Construction and Major Renovations
To reduce pollution and land development impacts from automobile use.
For Multi-Family Projects Only
Option 1: Bicycle Storage
Provide covered storage facilities for securing bicycles for 15% or
more of building occupants. Expect 2 persons for a studio or 1-bedroom
apartment, with one additional person per additional bedroom.
Provide covered storage facilities for securing bicycles for 15% or more of building occupants. Expect 2 persons for a studio or 1-bedroom apartment, with one additional person per additional bedroom.
Option 2: Parking Capacity / Low Emitting and Fuel-Efficient Vehicles
Provide one of the following:
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I guess there are a few clarifications necessary for me to see if the project meets. It says that 'Homes' is an applicable rating system - does this apply to single family - I would assume yes. What constitutes a bicycle network? I've looked up the area that my project is located in, and there are defined trails, as well as defined bike lanes on some roads. Other roads have been classified as 'bike friendly' does that count as being a part of the network. There are a number of roads/paths in the area, but they are not completely connected (i.e. there are some holes in the path that make in incomplete)? Also, the home I speak of is at the end of a cul-de-sac, and there obviously isn't a bike path connecting the home to the main road (less than 1/8 mile away) which has a dedicated bike lane. Does that mean this project is automatically disqualified?
Has anyone had problems with access to a bicycle network? We are currently working on a project in Eugene, OR where there is a very extensive network of bike trails/paths. I'm just wondering if this is normal for other cities.
Jon, I think it's all over the map. Here in the Northeast, some cities would be well-qualified, and some wouldn't.
Where as multi-family apartment buildings need zoning required parking, as designers of senior independent living facilities, we have found that most municipalities will modify there zoning requirement or provide a variance for senior low and mid-rise projects.
Jon, You bring up an interesting point about which LEED program this pilot credit applies to. LEED HC will be the program for most senior living facilities. Are most seniors not driving due to personal physical issues or because they have been encouraged to use mass transportation provided at the living facility? Is this pilot credit a good fit in HC?
My comment would apply to residential independant living apartments. Health Care facilities very well may have different zoning/parking requirements.
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