Compact Development is the LEED idea of creating urban living. It’s certainly not a formula for everywhere in the country. The Green Life Smart Life house is by the beach, in a small coastal community, in a neighborhood that was developed more than 50 years ago. The impact of compact development would cripple this town’s resources and its current water and sewage infrastructure, not to mention that its current system for education, public safety and recreation would be strained.
LEED doesn’t have a great checklist or alternative point path system for situations where there simply is no application. Under LEED, you are absolutely penalized for size: size of land, size of house, even size of your family since more bedrooms means using more resources. Under LEED you max out at Platinum level at 136 points; we’re already down 4 based on zero compact development.
This is how you get points in Compact Development:
- 4 Points from LEED if you build 20 houses on a 1-acre lot
- 3 Points from LEED if you build 10 houses on a 1-acre lot
- 2 Points from LEED if you build 7 houses on a 1-acre lot
So, in my neighborhood there are 55 1+ acre lots with single family homes, if the zoning went through for a LEED- H development (LOL) this same piece of land should sustain 550 single family homes.
That sounds like a swell idea.
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