to promote biodiversity through a high ratio of open space to
For developments where a local zoning open space requirement
exists, reduce the development (and/or provide vegetated open space
within the project boundary) to exceed the open space requirement
for the site by 25%.
For developments where no local zoning open space requirement
exists, provide open space equal to 20% of the project's site
For developments where no local zoning requirements exists,
provide open space adjacent to the building that is equal to the
- Engage Landscape Architect early to incorporate native or
adaptive vegetation in the original landscape design
- For previously developed sites, native or adaptive landscaping
has some synergies with WEc1.1, Water Efficient Landscaping
- The designated open space required by this credit does not have
to be one contiguous space.
- In campus applications, it may be possible to earn credit by
dedicating open space on neighboring sites if it is paid for using
the project's construction budget.
- This credit is not easily achievable for projects on zero
- 39% of all California LEED Certified projects achieved this
credit for LEED v2.1.
Additional EDR Resources
Case Studies: High
Design Briefs: Design
For Your Climate