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Land Use and Site Ecology

Sustainable design protects and benefits ecosystems, watersheds, and wildlife habitat in the presence of human development.

Land Use and Site Ecology addresses:

  • How the development of the project’s site responds to its ecological context, including the watershed, and air and water quality at different scales from local to regional level
  • How the development of the immediate site and its buildings contribute to environmental quality
  • How the design accommodates wildlife habitat preservation and creation
  • How the landscape design protects or creates on-site ecosystems
  • How the design responds to local development density (rural to urban) or conditions (brownfield to greenfield)

TOPICS (# on 50to50)

  • (3) Alternative Transportation
  • (4) Appropriate Size and Growth
  • (7) Building Orientation
  • (15) Daylighting
  • (16) Earth Sheltering
  • (18) Efficient Site Lighting Systems
  • (23) Geoexchange
  • (24) Green Roof
  • (28) Mass Absorption
  • (30) Natural Ventilation
  • (32) Passive Solar Collection Opportunities
  • (34) Preservation/Reuse of Existing Facilities
  • (41) Sun Shading
  • (46) Vegetation for Sun Control
  • (47) Walkable Communities
  • (49) Water Conservation
  • (50) Windows and Openings

Other appropriate topics include:

  • Safety & Security Systems (defensive planting, innovative design, defensive space)

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