1.1.1 Site Selection
Ensure the protection of ecological habitat and provide easy access and close proximity to public transportation infrastructure and utilities, reducing demands on energy and resources.
Collect municipal and regional data on mass transit, utilities, density and land-use.
Analyze site-specific characteristics such as water bodies, sun & wind exposures, urban axis, etc. Give preference to urban sites with built-in transportation infrastructure and pedestrian zones with access to a variety of services, development zones and infill. Avoid greenfields and sensitive habitat.
A strategic investment could be derived when considering the correlation of resale value due to higher performing property value. Monetary/land-use incentives by industry and legislation are also possible.
Convenience, efficiencies and cost-effectiveness of program integration. Enhanced image, branding, attraction and retention.
Access and proximity to other uses, like shopping, cultural and community centers. Consider that wind-induced ventilation is maximized by orienting the long side of a building perpendicular to summer winds. Consider cold winter winds and opportunities to implement vegetative windbreaks. Sensitive ecological habitats, areas within 50’ (15m) of wetlands, prime farmland, areas within the 100-year flood plain are considered off-limits. The development of greyfield or brownfield sites is preferred.
1.1.3 Building Orientation
1.6.1 Wind Power