Green Neighborhood Watch: LEED Neighborhood Development

Sustainable neighborhoods are hot, and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) wants in on the action.


| January/February 2008



Sustainable neighborhoods are hot, and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) wants in on the action. In conjunction with the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Congress for New Urbanism, the USGBC is launching the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Neighborhood Development (LEED N-D) project later this year.

To qualify for LEED N-D status, neighborhoods must earn points for measures such as:

• “Smart growth” locations within or near existing communities

• Restoring already-developed land

• Eco-friendly, energy-efficient building with low-toxicity, recycled-content materials

• On-site renewable energy (solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, biofuel)





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