A few years ago I wrote an article about how LEED v4 addressed designing for trees, soils, and stormwater (green infrastructure). Two big things have changed since then, so a follow-up explaining what’s new in this sustainable building certification system is in order:
• Project registration for LEED v2009 was extended by two years – by extension, the transition to LEED v4 has been delayed by the same amount of time.
• LEED purchased SITES (a landscape certification system) and in time may be incorporating the relevant parts of SITES into what were once LEED’s weakest sections: site (landscape) and water.
What does the acquisition of the SITES program mean? How will it be blended with LEED? What are the key elements of the SITES rating system? And, most critically, how will this affect the treatment of trees, soils, and stormwater? by Peter MacDonagh, Kestrel Design Group, on Deep Root.
January 15, 2016 NewTerrain