LEED Neighbourhoods

By Jason Leach
Published May 03, 2007

You've heard of LEED-certified buildings, but how about LEED-certified neighbourhoods?

Hoyt Street Properties, the largest developer in Portland's Pearl District, is vying for certification in the U.S. Green Building's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Neighborhood Development program, a pioneering rating system that extends the possibility of LEED certification from individual buildings to entire neighborhoods. In its pilot phase, the program is intended to become the first national standard for green neighborhood design.

Jason Leach was born and raised in the Hammer and currently lives downtown with his wife and children. You can follow him on twitter.


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By Bumpy Ride (anonymous) | Posted May 10, 2007 at 19:55:46

More than that, it is what the base for a technically advanced manufacturing sector looks like. You know, the kind that provides jobs for the people who are supposed to live in the houses that...oh nevermind.

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By Frank (registered) | Posted May 10, 2007 at 23:48:33

LEEDS is still a washy subject. The guidelines aren't concrete at all and I'm not sure what the follow up is like. LEEDS certification is based on design and inspection. Designs look great on paper but when the inspectors not looking, the contractor doesn't give a rats you know what about LEEDS. He wants the job done.

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