Monday, December 29, 2008

Public comment sought for new green neighborhood rating system

Through January 5, public comment is being sought for LEED-ND, the nation's first rating system for assessing green neighborhood development.

The draft standard for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) aims to create sustainable, smart, and compact neighborhoods by rating four criteria:

  • Smart location and linkage
  • Neighborhood pattern and design
  • Green infrastructure and buildings
  • Innovation and design process
The venture is a partnership of the U.S. Green Building Council, Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

"No building can be considered truly green unless it’s in a green urban neighborhood -- and the principles of traditional city and town design as promoted by the CNU are essential guidelines for creating and supporting these neighborhoods," says a summary posted on the CNU website.

A LEED-ND pilot program began in early 2007 and has enlisted 238 projects.

Balloting on the post-pilot LEED-ND rating system will take place in mid-2009, followed by a full launch.