A design framework based on the LEED ND v4 and SITES v2 rating systems and the integrative design process can become a working tool for your design approach that leads projects, whether they become certified or not, to better integrated solutions, more sustainable designs, and higher performing outcomes.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the compatible and reinforcing elements of the LEED ND v4 Preferred Locations Credit and Sites v2 Locate Projects Within Existing Developed Areas Credit, among others, for sustainable site planning.
  • Identify the credits, such as LEED ND v4 Tree-Lined and Shaded Streetscapes Credit and SITES v2 Reduce Urban Heat Island Effects Credit, that are key to early design decisions and address common conflicts that arise during site planning and design.
  • Assemble the correct team members to effectively design to credit requirements and efficiently coordinate the design process for credits, such as LEED ND v4 Community Outreach and Involvement Credit and SITES v2 Engage Users and Stakeholders Credit or LEED ND v4 Restoration of Habitat or Wetlands and Water Bodies Credit and Sites v2 Restore Aquatic Ecosystems Credit.
  • Establish a sustainability framework for design elements, credits, and performance goals to strategically integrate LEED ND v4 and SITES v2 credits into their site and landscape design approach.