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Beijing, Calgary, Vancouver…North Charleston?

April 29, 2010

What do these four cities have in common?  These cities have development projects that have attained certification by the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED rating system for Neighborhood Development.  The Navy Yard at Noisette is proud to be a part of this benchmark program for sustainable community design.

From USGBC: 4.29.10 –

“LEED rating systems have driven the marketplace toward recognizing the central tenet of green building: that our economic, environmental and personal health is dramatically impacted by the places where we live, work, learn, shop, heal, dine and play.

Market transformation will depend on our ability to create sustainable communities. This morning, the LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system officially launched after a two-and-a-half year pilot program, invaluable market and user feedback, and the crucial involvement of USGBC members’ committee participation and balloting. LEED for Neighborhood Development was developed by USGBC in partnership with the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU)and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

LEED for Neighborhood Development certifies projects of all sizes – whether a third of an acre or 300,000 acres – in four credit categories unique to this rating system: Smart Location & Linkage, Neighborhood Pattern & Design, Green Infrastructure & Buildings, and Innovation & Design Process. These credit categories integrate the principles of smart growth, new urbanism and green building into the first national rating system for neighborhood design. LEED for Neighborhood Development enables us to bring the integrated, holistic approach that defines LEED from the building level to the whole-development level.

The EPA estimates that we spend as much as 90% of our days in buildings, but we spend 100% of our time in communities: not just buildings, but also that in-between space, the infrastructure and linkages and sense of place that tie those buildings together and connect us to the outside world – and to each other.”

Article From Greenerbuildings :http://www.greenbiz.com/news/2010/04/29/usgbc-launches-leed-rating-system-neighborhood-development

USGBC info link :http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=148

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