Sustainable Sites - Credit 2
Development Density and Community Connectivity (5 points)
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The intent of this credit is to channel development to urban areas with existing infrastructure, protect greenfields and preserve habitat and natural resources. One strategy to achieve this credit is to construct or renovate a building on a previously developed site and in a community with a minimum density of 60,000 square feet per acre or meet certain community connectivity criteria such as proximity to basic services and pedestrian access. This often necessitates construction of multistory buildings. Concrete has long been the material of choice for multi-story construction. Its strength, economy and versatility make it ideal for residential and commercial construction in urban settings. Features such as long spans, low floor-to-floor heights and energy efficiency also contribute to environmental performance that can contribute to LEED points in other credit categories. This credit is worth 5 points.