Schools-EBOM-v4 SSc1: Site Development- protect or restore habitat

  • A good credit for all projects

    This credit can be earned by any building, even those that don’t have large amounts of vegetation onsite. Projects that do have sufficient vegetation onsite earn two points, while projects that pursue the financial support option max out at one point.

    Teams should be aware that the financial support option is not just a one-time contribution, and should plan budgets accordingly. Remember to retain documentation confirming your annual contributions for your future EBOMEBOM is an acronym for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, one of the LEED 2009 rating systems. recertification efforts.

    What’s New in LEED v4

    • This credit has a new minimum threshold for onsite native vegetationAn indigenous species that occurs in a particular region, ecosystem, and habitat without direct or indirect human actions. Native species have evolved to the geography, hydrology, and climate of that region. They also occur in communities; that is, they have evolved together with other species. As a result, these communities provide habitat for a variety of other native wildlife species. Species native to North America are generally recognized as those occurring on the continent prior to European settlement. Also known as native plants.. The requirement is now 20% of the total project site area including the building footprintBuilding footprint is the area on a project site used by the building structure, defined by the perimeter of the building plan. Parking lots, parking garages, landscapes, and other nonbuilding facilities are not included in the building footprint. and a minimum of 5,000 ft2 (465 m2).
    • An option for annual financial support replaces the off-site option. The credit also stipulates a minimum level of financial support ($0.05 per ft2 for the total site area including the building footprint).
    • Specific requirements have been added for organizations that receive financial support. For projects in the U.S., only a land trust accredited by the Land Trust Alliance that is within the same EPA Level III ecoregion or state as your building is acceptable.

    FAQs

    We’re pursing the onsite option. Do I have to provide the scientific names for the plants on our site?

    Providing a list of the scientific names for the specific plant species that are contributing to credit compliance is recommended. The reviewers will need the scientific names to confirm that the plants meet the definition of native/adapted.

    The land trust we contacted wants to use our contribution to construct an educational building. Is this ok?

    Probably not. The LEED Reference Guide includes examples of compliant uses for your financial contribution. Examples include: land acquisition or management for natural processes; native habitat restoration; watershed management, restoration, or protection; and public urban green space restoration or revitalization.

  • SS Credit 1: Site development - protect or restore habitat

    Intent

    To conserve existing natural areas and restore damaged areas to provide habitat and promote biodiversity.

    Requirements

    Option 1. On-Site Restoration (2 points)

    Establishment

    Have in place native or adapted vegetationAdapted (or introduced) plants reliably grow well in a given habitat with minimal winter protection, pest control, fertilization, or irrigation once their root systems are established. Adapted plants are considered low maintenance and not invasive. on 20% of the total site area (including the building footprintBuilding footprint is the area on a project site used by the building structure, defined by the perimeter of the building plan. Parking lots, parking garages, landscapes, and other nonbuilding facilities are not included in the building footprint.), a minimum of 5,000 square feet (465 square meters), to provide habitat and promote biodiversity.

    Performance

    None.

    OR

    Option 2. Financial support (1 point)

    Establishment

    Provide financial support equivalent to at least $0.05 per square foot (US$0.50 per square meter) for the total site area (including the building footprint).

    Financial support must be provided annually to a nationally or locally recognized land trust or conservation organization within the same EPA Level III ecoregion or the project’s state (or within 100 miles [160 kilometers] for projects outside the U.S.). For U.S. projects, the land trust must be accredited by the Land Trust Alliance.

    Performance

    Provide the specified financial support annually.

    Pilot Alternative Compliance Path Available

    This credit has a pilot ACP available in the LEED Pilot Credit Library. See Site development - protect or restore habitat - alternative compliance path for more information.

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