Your team must develop and adopt a compliant Site Management Policy to achieve LEED certification, since this is a prerequisite policy. However, you only have to demonstrate actual compliance with the policy if you pursue SSc5: Site Management.
Project teams should definitely use the template created by USGBC as the foundation for the policy. Customizing the template is encouraged so that the policy reflects your building’s site and operational practices. But remember that all prerequisite requirements must be addressed, so take care when removing content. If a particular element is not applicable to your project, be sure to provide a clear explanation (either in the policy itself or as a separate narrative) for the specific reasons it is not applicable.
All projects, regardless of site conditions, must develop and adopt a compliant policy. It’s okay to modify the policy to reflect your project specifics, just be sure to write a clear narrative that describes why particular operational elements are not applicable. Consider providing photographs of your site to help support your justifications.
You can also address potential future changes to the site. For example, you could say that any vegetation installed in the future will be native or adapted.
To preserve ecological integrity and encourage environmentally sensitive site management practices that provide a clean, well-maintained, and safe building exterior while supporting high-performance building operations and integration into the surrounding landscape.
Create and implement a site management policy that employs best management practices to reduce harmful chemical use, energy waste, water waste, air pollution, solid waste, and/or chemical runoffWater that transports chemicals from the building landscape, as well as surrounding streets and parking lots, to rivers and lakes. Runoff chemicals may include gasoline, oil, antifreeze, and salts. for all of the following operational elements on the building and grounds:
These samples demonstrate how to document the key policy for this credit. This document is a GBCIThe Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) manages Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building certification and professional accreditation processes. It was established in 2008 with support from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).-approved sample used within Transwestern’s v4 O+M:EB Volume program.
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