Most people are familiar with the utility of sustainable plants. Hemp can be utilized to create biodegradable plastic bags and cheap materials for clothing and other necessities. Plants like kratom grow quickly, thrive in rain forests, and have a market demand that keeps farmers planting them. But what about sustainable landscaping?
Sustainable Landscaping and LEED Certification
It turns out that sustainable landscaping is a critical component of LEED certification. It falls under the Sustainable Sites credit category. These are project sites that earn points based on the sustainable design of their landscape. This includes things like rainwater management and protecting a surrounding habitat. The assumption is that once a building is LEED certified, it will improve its occupants’ health and wellness, while minimizing resource usage and costs. With the points earned, property owners can benefit from things like tax rebates, lower costs, and zoning allowances. Furthermore, with a score of 40 points or more, EBOM certification is possible (Existing Buildings and Operations and Maintenance).
LEED Landscape Scoring
LEED landscape scoring is based on a number of factors. These include:
- Written plans that describe hwo the building’s exterior will be maintained
- Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
- Open Habitat protection and restoration
- Reduced Heat Radiance
- Stormwater quality control
- Metered water usage
- Water-efficient landscaping
If you are considering LEED certified development, then be sure to include a plan for your sustainable landscape. Do this, and not only will you reduce our ecological footprint, but you’ll save on costs.