In 2009 concluded the consultation phase of the LEED for Neighborhood Development. This rating system is designed to certify exemplary development projects that perform well in terms of smart growth, new urbanism, and green building. Projects may constitute whole neighborhoods, fractions of neighborhoods, or multiple neighborhoods.
“The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)’”three organizations that represent some of the nation’ s leaders among progressive design professionals, builders, developers, and the environmental community’”have come together to develop a national set of standards for neighborhood location and design based on the combined principles of smart growth, new urbanism, and green building. The goal of this partnership is to establish these standards for assessing and rewarding environmentally superior development practices within the rating framework of the LEED ® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating Systemâ„¢.”
In a reverse engineering perspective and using LEED for Neighborhood Development as guiding principles, planners can improve land-use patterns, neighborhood design, urban technologies, and sustainable development of cities.
Source: LEED Rating Systems