I decided to kick off my trip to Greenbuild this year by first taking the LEED ND exam- the only LEED credential I had not yet earned. So, yesterday, before driving to Chicago, I took and passed the ND exam (hooray!). What I really wanted note on the blog, though, is a couple key points I learned about the LEED for Neighborhood Development Rating Systen while I was studying:
– LEED ND is open to projects of very diverse sizes. Minimum size is 2 buildings and the maximum size is unlimited, but recommended to be 320 acres or less
– LEED ND has some very prescriptive, mathematical requirements surrounding required population density, number of street intersections in and around the project and distance to available services and transit. In my opinion, these types of requirements actually make ND much more restrictive as far as what types/kinds of projects can be certified than the other LEED systems.
-LEED ND covers an extremely wide range of sustainability strategies ranging from the type and location of the site the the layout and services provided in the neighborhood to the individual buildings in the project.