Recommendations for improving LEED transportation and parking credits

This paper describes ways to improve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) transportation and parking credits. Typical LEED programs reduce building energy consumption 20-60 per cent. Cost effective mobility and parking management programs often provide similar motor vehicle trip and parking generation reductions, resulting in large economic, social and environmental benefits. However, the current LEED rating system offers few mobility and parking credits, and overlooks some of the most effective. It encourages practitioners to choose strategies based on their ease of implementation rather than effectiveness. As a result, the current LEED rating system is unlikely to implement mobility and parking management as much as optimal. This paper recommends a different approach which defines performance targets needed to achieve LEED categories. Developers would establish mobility and parking management plans that indicate how targets will be met, how performance will be evaluated, and what additional strategies will be deployed if needed to achieve targets. This optimizes mobility and parking management programs, and responds to changing demands. However, it is unnecessary to wait for a major reform to improve and expand LEED transportation credits; new credits proposed in this paper could be quickly incorporated into the existing LEED rating system.

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    Victoria Transport Policy Institute

    Victoria, British Columbia  Canada 
  • Authors:
    • Litman, T
  • Publication Date: 2008-6


  • English

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  • Pagination: 17p

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  • Accession Number: 01385620
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 22 2012 7:05PM