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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
To reduce pollution by promoting alternatives to conventionally fueled automobiles.
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:
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. EVSE parking spaces must be provided in addition to preferred parking spaces for green vehicles.
The EVSE must:
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.
Develop and implement a plan for every bus serving the school to meet the following emissions standards within seven years of the building certificate of occupancy:
Emission standards must be met for each bus and not by an average of the entire fleet serving the school.
Develop and implement a plan for 100% of all other (non-bus) vehicles owned or leased to serve the school to be green vehicles. 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]
Projects in Europe may use vehicles meeting the Euro 6 limit values of Regulation (EC) No. 715/2007.
Vehicles in South America may qualify as green vehicles by meeting both of the following conditions:
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.
For v4 Schools, the BD+C Reference guide gives the formula for Alternative Fuel Low-polluting, nongasoline fuels such as electricity, hydrogen, propane, compressed natural gas, liquid natural gas, methanol, and ethanol. Fueling Stations calculation at 2%. But the LTc8 Online form says Parking spaces for EVSE must be at least 3% of total parking capacity. This seems to be a contradiction between the Guide and the Online form. Has there been a correction? Or is it still the 3% auto calculator on the form. Thanks
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