Washington, DC (May 1, 2010)- LEED for Neighborhood Development launched on April 29, 2009. The LEED for Neighborhood Development Rating System integrates the principles of smart growth, urbanism, and green building into the first national system for neighborhood design. LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a development’s location and design meet accepted high levels of environmentally responsible, sustainable development. LEED for Neighborhood Development is a collaboration among USGBC, Congress for the New Urbanism, and the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Project teams are now able to register their projects in LEED Online and download forms for the Smart Location & Linkage (SLL) Prerequisite Review. This new feature will enable projects to assess their location against the SLL prerequisites before paying for a full certification. Full certification will be added in late 2010 and project teams will be notified as soon as more information is available. For additional details and fee information, please visit the GBCI website.
Unlike other LEED rating systems, LEED for Neighborhood Development projects go through three stages toward certification. At the end of Stage 1, a successful project is awarded conditional approval of a LEED for Neighborhood Development plan. At the end of stage 2, an approved plan becomes a pre-certified LEED for Neighborhood Development plan. At the end of stage 3, a project that earns certification can be referred to as a LEED-certified project.
LEED for Neighborhood Development Registration Is Now Open