Prerequisites/Mandatory Measures- 0
Minimum Points – 0
Maximum Points – 10

This category strives to promote the building of homes in a dense, neighborhood manner with local services so that the use of vehicular transportation can be reduced.

What does this mean for brownstone and row-house renovation: This category is an ace in the hole for urban projects. Being in an urban area we can achieve the full 10 points simply because of our location – brownstones are located in a densely populated city (preferred locations: 2 points) with an existing infrastructure for sewer and water (infrastructure: 1 point), a vast and widely used public transportation system, and local services and public open spaces that we can walk to (community resources: 3 points; access to open space: 1 point). It is likely that brownstones and urban townhouses would also earn the 2 possible points in the site selection sub-category because existing buildings in cities are typically not near protected animal habitats, wetlands, land formerly used as a public parkland, nor located on land containing “prime soils”, “unique soils”, or “soils of state significance. Alternatively, homes located in a LEED® for Neighborhood Development-certified development also earn the maximum10 points.