Sustainable design values the unique cultural and natural character of a given region.
Narrative: How does the design respond to the region where it’s located? How does the design promote regional and community connectivity? What steps are taken to encourage alternative transportation?
- How the design relates to the local context and to larger regional issues
- How the design promotes regional and community connectivity
- How the design promotes a sense of place, public space and community interaction
- How the design educates its users about the environmental strategies it employs
- Efforts to provide for those using transportation alternatives
- Site selection criteria to reduce automobile use and parking requirements.
Metric: Walk score: (from Walkscore.com) and/or urban networks diagram (walk, transport, etc.)
Measure 3: DESIGN FOR ECOLOGY
Sustainable design protects and benefits ecosystems, watersheds, and wildlife habitat in the presence of human development.
Narrative: How does the development of the site respond to its ecological context? Consider water, air, plants, and animals at different scales.
- How the development of the site and program responds to its ecological context, including the watershed, air, and water quality at different scales from local to regional level
- How the design accommodates wildlife habitat preservation and creation
- How the design protects or creates on-site ecosystems
- How the design responds to local development density or conditions
- How the design encourages local food networks
Suggested Graphic: Natural systems diagram (on-site, context) and/or Native Landscape Profile (flora, fauna)
Metric: % site area designed to support vegetation