Pilot-Credits PC64: Site Improvement Plan

  • Planning for sustainability

    Existing buildings need a practical, affordable way to plan for sustainable site improvements over time. This credit has the opportunity to foster change and push best practice in existing building management, while at the same time being doable and useful. It is a combination of the 2012 draft Site Assessment credit (BD&C) and the 2009 SS Credits 2 and 3 in LEED EB:O&M.  Much of the information required for this credit is already available to the project team and building managers (existing site drawings such as the planting plan, the locations of water bodies, existing irrigation schedule, etc.).

    Credit Submittals

    General:

    1. Register for Pilot Credit(s) here
    2. Register a username at LEEDuser.com, and participate in online forum
    3. Submit feedback survey; supply PDF of your survey/confirmation of completion with credit documentation

    Credit Specific:

    Establishment

    Provide the following:

    • A copy of the Site Improvement Plan addressing the areas listed in the requirements. If an area is not specifically addressed, explain the reason(s) why.
    • A drawing of the existing site conditions
    • Calculations showing compliance with the 5% threshold
    • A list of professionals consulted for the development of this plan

    Performance

    Provide the following:

    • A list of all no-cost and low-cost measures implemented
    • Every 5 years: the items listed above under Establishment

    Additional Questions

    • The goal of this credit is to improve upon existing site conditions and support high-performance operations by evaluating sustainable site management options. Do you believe that these requirements achieve this intent? Why or why not?
    • Did you encounter difficulties in gathering the information for the improvement plan?  If so, in what ways?
  • USGBC

    Excerpted from LEED 2009 for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance

    SS Pilot Credit 64: Site improvement plan

    Intent

    This is a pilot credit. To use any pilot credit on your LEED project, be sure to register here. Documentation requirements and additional questions are listed below.

    To preserve and improve ecological integrity while supporting high-performance building operations.

    Pilot Credit Closed

    This pilot credit was closed to new pilot credit registrations on 3/1/2015. It is now available in the LEED Innovation Catalog for ongoing use by project teams as an innovation point rather than a pilot credit.

    Requirements

    Establishment

    Develop a five-year site improvement plan that includes the following:

    • documentation of existing site conditions;
    • site improvement objectives;
    • performance standards to evaluate ongoing progress; and
    • monitoring protocols.

    The improvement plan must address the following topics.

    • Hydrology. Protection and improvement of water bodies on-site, rainwater management and reuse opportunities, potable waterWater that meets or exceeds U.S. Environmental Protection Agency drinking water quality standards (or a local equivalent outside the U.S.) and is approved for human consumption by the state or local authorities having jurisdiction; it may be supplied from wells or municipal water systems.-use reduction.
    • Vegetation. Documentation of existing vegetation on-site, turf area reduction, management of native and invasive plants, protection of threatened, endangered or unique species.
    • Soils. Documentation of general soil structure, preservation of healthy soils, remediation of compacted soils, identification of previously disturbed area.

    The plan must be developed with professionals trained and experienced in the above disciplines.

    Performance

    Show that at least 5% of the site is vegetated. Implement all no-cost and low-cost measures. Develop a new improvement plan and implement all new no-cost and low-cost measures every five years.

    General Pilot Documentation Requirements

    Register for the pilot credit

    Credits 1-14

    Credits 15-27

    Credits 28-42

    Credits 43-56

    Credits 57-67

    Credits 68-82

    Credits 83-103

    Credit specific:

    Establishment

    Provide the following:

    1. A copy of the Site Improvement Plan addressing the areas listed in the requirements. If an area is not specifically addressed, explain the reason(s) why.
    2. A drawing of the existing site conditions
    3. Calculations showing compliance with the 5% threshold
    4. A list of professionals consulted for the development of this plan

    Performance

    Provide the following:

    1. A list of all no-cost and low-cost measures implemented
    2. Every 5 years: the items listed above under Establishment
    Additional questions:
    1. The goal of this credit is to improve upon existing site conditions and support high-performance operations by evaluating sustainable site management options. Do you believe that these requirements achieve this intent? Why or why not?
    2. Did you encounter difficulties in gathering the information for the improvement plan? If so, in what ways?
    Changes::
    • Changes as a result of 5th Public Comment (01/15/2013):

      Updated with SSc6 EBOM - Wording changes- rewording for clarification

Articles

Foundations of LEED

Background for the LEED Pilot Credit Library is provided in this foundational document.

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LEED Pilot Credit Library

The homepage for the LEED Pilot Credit Library. The LEED Pilot Credit Library is intended to facilitate the introduction of new prerequisites and credits to LEED. This process will allow USGBC to test and refine credits through LEED 2009 project evaluations before they are sent through the balloting process for introduction into LEED.

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Katherine Carlin
Jan 16 2015
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Can we write up this plan and use it as the basis for our EBOM?

Project Location: United States

Hi there, We are wondering if we can get a pilot credit for creating this plan by identifying everything that we are doing this year for our EBOMEBOM is an acronym for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, one of the LEED 2009 rating systems.. Or, do we need to complete the EBOM and then make a second plan for the next five years?
Thanks!

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Trista Little Sustainability Manager, YR&G Jan 25 2015 LEEDuser Expert 5739 Thumbs Up

Hi Katherine,

You can pursue the pilot credit now. The site improvement plan is fairly different from the existing EBOMEBOM is an acronym for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, one of the LEED 2009 rating systems. sites credits though, so the usual activities and strategies aren't going to be enough to earn it. The work you're doing for EBOM can definitely support earning the pilot credit, but I recommend checking out the LEED-EBOM v4 Reference Guide to get a better idea of what's required for the site improvement plan now that it's been officially adopted into v4.

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