Schools–NC-v4 SSc8: Joint use of facilities

  • Share resources, build community

    Why build an Olympic-sized swimming pool at your school if there’s already one in the neighborhood? Will you have a playing field that the Little League can use when school isn’t in session? What about a parking lot that the farmer’s market could use on weekends?

    The purpose of this credit is to build community by sharing school resources with non-school groups, and vice versa. Sharing spaces and services among schools and other community entities can cut down on construction costs and operating expenses, while helping everyone get access to resources they need.

    Projects should consider student safety before attempting this credit. The type and degree of concern will depend on the strategies you choose for sharing spaces, but often the problem can be addressed properly by installing security gates limiting access to appropriate areas.

    Projects should also consider concerns around liability and insurance, increased wear-and-tear, trash and extending hours of cleaning or security personnel. Whether these are an issue will likely be project-specific.

    What’s New in LEED v4

    • Nothing new!


    Can all three shared spaces be classrooms?

    No, a variety of space types must be included in the shared spaces. 

    If we have several spaces that are shared with the community, can we apply for exemplary performance?

    No, exemplary performance is not available for this credit.


  • SS Credit 8: Site master plan


    To ensure that the sustainable site benefits achieved by the project continue, regardless of future changes in programs or demographics.


    The project must achieve at least four of the following six credits, using the associated calculation methods. The achieved credits must then be recalculated using the data from the master plan.

    • LT Credit: High Priority Site
    • SS Credit: Site Development—Protect or Restore Habitat
    • SS Credit: Open Space
    • SS Credit: Rainwater Management
    • SS Credit: Heat Island Reduction
    • SS Credit: Light Pollution Reduction

    A site master plan for the school must be developed in collaboration with school authorities. Previous sustainable site design measures should be considered in all master-planning efforts so that existing infrastructure is retained whenever possible. The master plan must therefore include current construction activity plus future construction (within the building’s lifespan) that affects the site. The master plan development footprintThe total land area of a project site covered by buildings, streets, parking areas, and other typically impermeable surfaces constructed as part of the project. must also include parking, paving, and utilities.

    Projects where no future development is planned are not eligible for this credit.


James Carr Owner James Carr architecture & design
May 23 2017
LEEDuser Member


Under the Credit Language tab this page shows SSc7, Site Master Plan, and under Site Master Plan the Credit Language is for Joint Space.

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