We've been introduced to a new project of sizable interest to our clients. It's called, LEED for Neighborhood Development . If you are interested in the "green" niche market this is something new on the horizon that caught our attention. It takes into account a number of "True Green" facets that those of us watching the growing interest in green-built homes and eco-friendly land use and design certainly are noting with great interest. So I have a couple of questions today. . .
First question: From a marketing perspective, how many of the following LEED 50+ features would you/your clients be attracted to when looking for eco-friendly homes, land, neighborhoods and eco-communities? (I've started this list with those I pay special attention to here in the mountains...)
Steep Slope Protection
Site Design for Habitat or Wetlands Conservation
Restoration of Habitat or Wetlands
Conservation Management of Habitat or Wetlands
Proximity to Water and Wastewater Infrastructure
Imperiled Species and Ecological Communities
Wetland and Water Body Conservation
Minimize Site Disturbance through Site Design
Light Pollution Reduction
Innovation in Design
Community Outreach and Involvement
Local Food Production
Construction Activity Pollution Prevention
Certified Green Buildings
Energy Efficiency in Buildings
Reduced Water Use
Building Reuse and Adaptive Reuse
Reuse of Historic Buildings
Housing and Jobs Proximity
High Priority Brownfields Redevelopment
Reduced Automobile Dependence
Reduced Parking Footprint
Diversity of Uses
Diversity of Housing Types
Affordable Rental Housing
Affordable For-Sale Housing
Transportation Demand Management
Access to Surrounding Vicinity
Access to Public Spaces
Contaminant Reduction in Brownfields Remediation
Heat Island Reduction
District Heating & Cooling
Infrastructure Energy Efficiency
Recycled Content for Infrastructure
Construction Waste Management
Comprehensive Waste Management
Just FYI...to our eco-friendly clients at least 40 of the features above
will be significant ...
Second Question: How many LEED Certified homes do you have in your town?
Although, here in Asheville, N.C. we have many HealthyBuilt® Homes, (about 500) and the certification process and outcome is said to be on a par (or even better than) LEED... There' only one LEED Certified home in our area! It's described as "....LEED certified home. Generous outdoor living space takes advantage of the gorgeous surroundings, while the interior showcases the latest in sustainable materials. Solar heat, hot water and electricity will minimize bills while maximizing comfort. A detached two-car garage with living space for a guest house..." and costs over $1M..
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