LEED for Neighborhood Development Certification Reviews
US Green Building Council
2007 - Present
Community Design + Architecture is leading one of two teams contracted with the US Green Building Council to do certification reviews for projects submitted under the LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) rating system. The US Green Building Council (USGBC) oversees the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, family of rating systems for green sustainable design and construction of buildings and development, and the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) administers the system. LEED is an internationally recognized standard for benchmarking sustainable design and construction that relies on third-party reviewers for expert and equitable analysis of the complex rating system criteria. The LEED-ND system is a collaboration of the USGBC, The Congress for the New Urbanism, and the Natural Resources Defense Council designed to assess and reward innovative and environmentally outstanding development practices at scales ranging from the individual building to the campus, neighborhood, district, and city.
CD+A's staff has analyzed the sustainable features of dozens of proposals for developments ranging from urban centers to suburban neighborhoods, and from infill and redevelopment to new greenfield development, in locations across the United States and Asia. Our ability to review and rate these developments draws on and builds our expert-level familiarity with the diverse array of sustainable practices addressing the built environment at all scales. Specifically, our expertise in pedestrian-oriented design, infill and redevelopment, and integrated transportation and land use planning, as well as our technical capabilities with GIS and Auto-CAD analysis tools have been critical to our ability to assess the array of different credits.