Sustainable Landscape Standards

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Site and Design (6 points total)

Team Collaboration (1 point)

Intent: All team members are brought in at the beginning of the project and agree upon a set of common goals. Team members could include: owner or client, architect, landscape architect or designer, landscape contractor, and maintenance professional.

Requirements

  1. (1 point) – team members are brought together and agree upon a set of written and measurable common goals before design work is begun. Goals are distributed to all team members and updated on a regular basis, monthly or quarterly is recommended depending on the length of the project.

Technologies and Strategies

Site Disturbance (1-2 points)

Intent: Conserve existing natural areas and restore damaged areas to provide habitat and promote biodiversity

Requirements

  1. (1 point) - limit site disturbance, including earthwork and clearing of vegetation to 40 feet beyond the building perimeter; 5 feet beyond primary roadway curbs; walkways and main utility brand trenches; and 25 feet beyond pervious paving areas. Or, on previously developed sites, restore a minimum of 50% of open area by planting native or adapted vegetation.
  2. (1 point) – reduce development footprint (building, access roads and parking) to exceed local zoning’s open space requirement for the site by 25%

Technologies & Strategies

  • Perform a site survey to identify site elements and adopt a master plan for development of the project site.
  • Select a suitable building location and work with the architect to design the building with the minimum footprint to minimize site disruption.
  • Establish clearly marked construction boundaries to minimize disturbance of existing site and restore previously degraded areas to their natural state.


Existing natural Assets (1-2 points)

Intent: Preserve native trees and intact plant communities

Requirements

  1. (1 point) – Preserve 75% of mature native trees, intact plant communities, and views for a minimum of five years
  2. (1 point) – Preserve an additional 25% of native trees, intact plant communities, and views for a minimum of five years

Technologies & Strategies

  • Design building footprints beyond drip line of established trees.
  • Eliminate or avoid trenching and rotary tilling within drip line of established trees and adjacent to plant communities
  • Do not store materials or drive under the drip line of existing trees to prevent soil compaction.
  • Do not store materials on or drive over intact native plant communities
  • Avoid grading under the canopy of established trees.
  • If tree grates are used, specify adjustable grates to prevent damage to tree trunks as they grow.
  • Keep impervious surfaces outside the drip line of native trees.
  • Preserve drought-tolerant, healthy, non-invasive, properly placed plants whenever possible


Alternative Transportation (1 point)

Intent: Reduce energy used and pollution caused by traveling to and from the job site

Requirement

  1. (1) point – reduce the average energy required to travel to job site by 25%

Technologies & strategies

  • Select job sites within 20 miles of the local office
  • Use alternative transportation to get to job site, i.e. subway, bus, light rail, commuter rail, biking or walking
  • Car pool
  • Choose transportation vehicles using alternative fuels, i.e. hybrid, gas, electric, biodiesel, etc


Grading and Drainage (6 points total)

Grading (1-2 points)

Intent: Eliminate unnecessary grading by reducing erosion and preserving soil health

Requirements

  1. (1 point) – keep 85% of all landforms and soil onsite.
  2. (1 point) – retain an additional 15% of all landforms and soil onsite.

Technologies and Strategies

  • Allow the site’s “sense of place” to guide design instead of performing re-grading
  • Retain, preserve, and reuse all top soil onsite
  • Minimize cut and fill
  • Balance cut and fill quantities
  • Use excess soil for berms, poured or rammed earth walls, raised beds, patios, etc.
  • Create several smaller terraces instead of cutting large amounts of soil on steep slopes
  • If additional soil is needed:
    • Do not obtain soil from undisturbed or natural areas, only from areas that have been previously disturbed
    • Ensure that soil suppliers protect against erosion and other environmental damage in the course of their operations, and that the soil product is free of toxins and non-degradable rubbish


Soil Health (1 point)

Intent: Soil, especially top soil, is a valuable commodity and should be preserved on site.

Requirements

  1. (1 point) preserve 85% of all soil and soil quality onsite

Technologies & strategies

  • Maintain top soil on-site and keep separate for later plantings
  • Keep top soil covered with mulch, leaves, or green mulch during construction phase to preserve soil health and life of organisms.
  • Eliminate or minimize tilling
  • Prevent or minimize erosion
  • Avoid soil compaction by using lighter equipment, doing more work by hand, and by eliminating large amounts of re-grading
  • Avoid tilling or working the soil when wet to prevent compaction


Erosion and sedimentation (1 point)

Intent: Control erosion during construction to reduce negative impacts on water and air quality.

Requirements Prerequisite 1.0 -- Design to a site sediment and erosion control plan that conforms to:

  • The best management practices in the EPA’s Storm Water Management for Construction Activities, EPA Document No. EPA-832-R-92-005, Chapter 3, or
  • Local standards and codes, whichever is more stringent.

Technologies & Strategies

  • Prevent erosion and siltation of waterways through best construction practices, including:
    • Seeding or planting temporary or permanent species to prevent erosion,
    • Using erosion control fabrics, dams and fences,
    • Adding soil binding agents,
    • Mulching,
    • Installing earth dikes,
    • Using silt fencing,
    • Adding sediment traps, and sediment basins
  • Develop procedures for preventing liquids, such as concrete rinse, and solids from entering the storm systems by draining non-toxic materials in a specified area on site. See ? for more information.
  • Minimize the use of all pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, and any other toxic materials that may run-off into waterways through the use of integrated pest management practices.
  • Any toxic materials used must be disposed of with a certified hazardous waste organization.
  • Plan for succession. Plant grasses first, then perennials, then pioneer plants, and then the final species of plants in order to speed up nature and control erosion.

Storm Water Management (1 point)

Intent: Prevent additional load on existing storm water systems.

Requirements

  1. (1 point) - No net increase in rate and quantity of storm water run-off from existing to proposed conditions, OR, if existing imperviousness is greater than 50%, implement storm water management plan that results in 25% decrease in rate and quantity of storm water runoff
  2. (1 additional point) – Retain all rain water on-site. Some overflow drainage maybe needed during severe storms only or when ground is saturated.

Technologies & Strategies

  • Drain water from buildings onsite when possible instead of allowing to run off site
  • Divert water from down spouts to large, on-site elements, such as trees, marshes, lawns, etc. that benefit from increased water using underground perforated pipe
  • Create dry steam beds or other percolation areas to retain storm water and allow it to soak into the soil on-site
  • Use constructed wetlands, vegetated filter strips, bioswales, and other methods to slow and treat storm water volumes leaving the site
  • Minimize the amount of impervious hardscaping, such as concrete, asphalt, interlocking pavers or brick.
  • Use pervious paving instead of impervious. Use mulch; gravel; decomposed granite; pervious concrete and pervious asphalt; concrete or flagstone set in sand, gravel, soil; honeycomb lawn panels; or interlocking pavers with spacers and voids for water percolation, gravel- and grass-pave
  • Store rainwater in tanks for later use in landscape.
  • Design garden or green roofs to reduce runoff.
  • Add a buffer zone of plantings around spray irrigation areas so that overspray does not run off onto impervious surfaces, such as sidewalks, driveways, and streets

Energy Use and Air Pollution (1 point)

Intent: Minimize energy consumption and air pollution by using low-energy, low polluting equipment to perform grading and drainage work.

Requirement

  1. (1 point) -

Technologies & strategies

  • Use human power vs. machine power
  • Use electric vs. alternative fuels (hybrid, biodiesel, natural gas, etc.) vs. petroleum gas
  • Use two-cycle vs. four-cycle engines for less pollution


Materials (15 points total)

Storage & Collection of Recyclables (prerequisite)

Intent: Create an area onsite to facilitate the reduction of waste generated by building occupants that is hauled to and disposed of in landfills.

Requirement Provide an easily accessible area that serves the entire site and is dedicated to the separation, collection and storage of materials for recycling, including: green waste, food waste, paper, glass, plastics, and metals.

Technologies & Strategies

  • Provide a compost system for disposing of concrete, green waste, soil, and food waste
  • Provide a convenient area for recycling and storing garbage, unused building materials, packaging, landscape containers (1 gallon, 5 gallon), etc.
  • Include livestock which eat food and green wastes, including chickens, rabbits, goats, etc.
  • Provide an area and equipment for chipping landscape prunings into mulch
  • Instruct occupants on how to compost food and green waste, and how to chip and mulch yard waste.
  • Provide a quality wheelbarrow for hauling materials to be used in the yard.
  • Separate and stockpile concrete, wood, metals, and other building materials during installation so that they can be reused or recycled.

Existing Site Amenities Intact (1-2 points)

Intent: Extend the life cycle of existing landscape, conserve resources, retain cultural resources, reduce waste, and reduce environmental impacts of new landscaping as they relate to materials manufacturing and transport.

Requirements

  1. (1 point) - Maintain at least 75% of existing site amenities intact, such as paving, structures, plantings, etc.
  2. (1 additional point) - Maintain an additional 25% of existing site amenities intact.

Technologies and Strategies

  • Retain, repair, repaint, or resurface existing materials.
  • Apply a resurfacing material or a stone or brick veneer over concrete to hide any cracks and create a new look without removing it.

Existing Site Materials (1-2 points)

Intent: Divert construction, demolition, and land clearing debris from landfill disposal. Redirect recyclable material back to the manufacturing process.

Requirements

  1. (1 point) - Recycle and/or salvage at least 60% (by weight) of construction, demolition, and land clearing waste
  2. (1 point) - Recycle and/ or salvage an additional 15% or more (75% total by weight of the construction, demolition, and land clearing debris)

Technologies & Strategies

  • Create a list of local recyclers and what kinds of materials they take
  • Create a list of all unused materials on site and look for ways to incorporate them into the design
  • Reuse excess concrete as walls, pathways, fill, drainage rock, or as “gravel” in new concrete instead of dumping
  • Keep or move existing plants for use in the landscaping
  • Donate plants that cannot be reused onsite to non-profit organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity and public schools
  • Use existing excess plant materials to supply compost, mulch, and wood required for landscaping
  • Use existing rocks for retaining walls, paving, rock features, etc.
  • Use existing excess soil to create berms, raised beds, and walls or other features in the landscape via rammed or poured earth technologies.
  • If a tree must be cut down, think about using the wood on site or having it milled into lumber
  • Use removed sod as fill to create a berm in order to recycle it.

Salvaged Materials (1-2 points)

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Intent: Extend the life cycle of targeted building materials by reducing environmental impacts related to materials manufacturing, transport, and disposal.

Requirements

  1. (1 point) - Specify salvaged or refurbished materials for 5% of landscape materials
  2. (1 point) - Specify salvaged or refurbished materials for 10% of landscape materials

Technologies & Strategies

  • Frequent local companies which resell salvaged materials
  • Look for local materials online using Craig’s list or freecycle.org
  • Consider salvaged wood for things, such as beams and posts, gates, furniture, fencing, etc.
  • Use salvaged glass for decorative mulch
  • Use mulch that has been chipped from recycled wood products instead of virgin wood. (Prochip)

Recycled Content (1 point)

Intent Increase the demand for building products which have incorporated recycled content materials, therefore reducing the impacts resulting from the extraction of new materials.

Requirements

  1. (1 point) - Specify a minimum of 25% of landscape materials that contain in aggregate, a minimum weighted average of 20% post-consumer recycled content material, OR, a minimum weighted average 40% post-industrial recycled content material
  2. (1 point) - Specify an additional 25% (50% total of landscape materials) of landscape materials that contain in aggregate, a minimum weighted average of 20% post-consumer recycled content material, OR, a minimum weighted average 40% post-industrial recycled content material

Technologies & Strategies


Lumber (1 point)

Intent Encourage 1) environmentally responsible forest management and 2) the use of alternative materials to wood

Requirement – (1 point)

  • Specify rapidly renewable materials for 5% of total building materials OR find alternatives to wood, such as bamboo, stone, metal, etc., OR employ strategies to offset the use of new materials onsite
  • Use a minimum of 50% of wood-based materials certified in accordance with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Guidelines for wood building components, including, but not limited to: framing, fencing, and furnishings and including temporary construction applications such as bracing, concrete form work, and pedestrian barriers

Technologies & Strategies

  • Select bamboo vs. heart redwood for structures
  • Plant trees to offset the new wood used in construction
  • Obtain chain of custody certificate for FSC-certified wood
  • Grow plants for landscaping on-site from seeds, cuttings, existing plants, etc.

Non-toxic Materials (1 point)

Intent All materials used onsite should be non-toxic to human health.

Requirement

Technologies & strategies

  • Fertilizers must be made from 100% non-chemical sources, i.e. “organic” fertilizers
  • Eliminate or minimize amount of PVC used by specifying polyethylene drip tubing instead or other types of materials which can be used instead.
  • No pesticides shall be use on any project without first exploring all natural methods through integrated pest management practices (IPM)
  • Instead of using herbicides, use alternative methods of weed control such as hand weeding, grubbing, sheet mulching, weed wrenches/ weed jacks, soil solarizing (only when absolutely necessary as kills soil life), or “natural” herbicides
  • Use newspaper, cardboard, or old carpeting covered by mulch, otherwise known as "sheet mulching", to smother existing weeds.
  • For steep slopes, use “gorilla hair” mulch, covered with jute, covered with newspaper, and finally covered with more gorilla hair mulch.
  • Reduce the use of pressure-treated wood by using naturally pest-resistant species, such as: redwood, cedar, cypress, or materials which are not susceptible to attack such as metal, concrete, bamboo, etc.
  • Create “natural” or “biological” pools instead of traditional swimming pools to eliminate the use of chlorine, bromine, and other toxic products which kill bacteria

Light Pollution (1 point)

Intent Reduce the amount of light pollution

Requirement

(1 point) - Follow the guidelines published by the International Dark Sky Association’s Model Lighting Ordinance. www.darksky.org

Technologies and Strategies

  • Do not specify or install uplights which cause light pollution
  • Specify yellow (sulfur?) lights which do not attract night insects

Energy for lighting (1 point)

Intent Reduce the amount of energy used for night lighting

Requirements

Technologies and strategies

  • Minimize night lighting required
  • Limit light areas to those required for safety
  • Specify and install lights using solar energy
  • Specify energy-efficient bulbs: LEDs vs. fluorescent vs. halogen vs. incandescent

Low-embodied Energy (1 to 2 points)

Intent Increase demand for building products that are extracted, harvested, or manufactured locally and have low-embodied energy, thereby supporting the local economy and reducing the environmental impacts resulting from their transportation.

Requirements

  1. (1 point) - Specify that a minimum of 20 percent of purchased landscape materials be manufactured regionally within a radius of 500 miles of the job site.
  2. (1 point) - Specify an additional 20 percent of purchased landscape materials be manufactured regionally within a radius of 500 miles of the job site, for a total of 40 percent of purchased materials within a radius of 500 miles of the job site.
  3. Add point for embodied energy????

Technologies and Strategies

  • Select products with low energy use
  • Minimize use of new concrete because of its high energy content
  • Select products with long life span relative to other products on the market

Reuse (1 point)

Intent Design landscape amenities that can be taken apart and reused in the future.

Requirement

(1 point) Design 75% of all amenities to be easily reused.

Technologies and strategies

  • Pour concrete without rebar or concrete mesh when used for horizontal, ground plane surfaces.
  • Specify mortar less walls and paving
  • Choose materials, such as interlocking pavers, brick, flagstone, etc., which can be set in sand and reset and reused in the future
  • Use screws for fastening wood structures so they can be easily broken down
  • Minimize paints and stains on wood so it can be chipped versus being placed in a landfill

Quality Workmanship (1 point)

Intent Encourage good workmanship practices so amenities last a long time and do not have to be replaced prematurely.

Requirements

Technologies and Strategies

  • Use good base rock to minimize cracking of concrete
  • Use rebar or concrete mesh in concrete
  • Use heavier posts, 6x6 or greater, for fences
  • Use screws to join materials rather than nails
  • Choose products based on craftsmanship

Planting (10 points total)

Native plants (1 –3 points)

Intent Choose native plants when landscaping to preserve diversity of local flora & fauna; reduce water use; reduce use of pesticides and fertilizers; and prevent loss of native birds, insects, and other animals, etc.

Requirement

  1. (1 point) – At least 50 percent of the site should be planted with species native to California
  2. (1 additional point) – At least 75 percent of the site is planted with species native to California within 100 miles of the site
  3. (1 additional point) – At least 85 percent of the site is planted with species native to the California county the site is within

Technologies & Strategies

  • Select local native plants over California native plants over Mediterranean plants over drought-tolerant plants
  • Select plants grown from seed or cuttings collected from local plant communities to preserve local gene pool. Do not violate local laws protecting plants.
  • See www.laspilitas.com in order to look up plants native to California by zip code

Wildlife (1 point)

Intent Create a landscape that incorporates locally appropriate planting for wildlife and human habitation

Requirement

(1 point) – Obtain certification listing the site as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation

Technologies & Strategies

  • Provide habitat: food, shelter, cover, and water for wildlife: mammals, birds, hummingbirds, amphibians, reptiles, beneficial insects, native/ honeybees, and butterflies (larvae/ adults)
  • Maximize the “edges” between plant communities to maximize wildlife and create a more diverse habitat
  • Incorporate a pond or water feature in the garden for birds and other animals, including local fish.
  • Eliminate pesticides whenever possible by using IPM practices to preserve native insects, birds, and other small creatures.
  • Add brush piles for local lizards and salamanders
  • Leave snags of trees for local woodpeckers, birds, and bees to use for homes.

Food onsite (1 point)

Intent Grow own food onsite in order to: increase amount of food grown locally, reduce pollution and energy use due to shipping food, and provide fresher, more healthy produce

Requirements

(1 point) Grow the equivalent of one meal per week on site for all persons living there

Technologies and strategies

  • Incorporate fruit trees, fruiting vines, edible plants, and vegetable gardens into the landscape for an edible landscape
  • Include perennial vegetables (strawberries, asparagus, etc.) and herbs in the landscape
  • Include space for rabbits, chickens, or other livestock
  • Donate any excess to feeding the hungry
  • Plant food producing crops only if clients are able and interested in picking and using the produce.

Exotic, invasive plants (1 point)

Intent Eliminate exotic, invasive plants onsite to reduce the chance of them escaping and spreading into wild areas and replacing native plants.

Requirement

(1 point) - 100% of new plantings must be non-invasive to the local area and all exotic, invasive under story plants must be removed.

Technologies & Strategies

  • Use existing non-native plant materials to supply mulch and compost required for landscape only if will not spread further; otherwise appropriately dispose of by hot composting or burning
  • Check with Cal-IPC for list of plants invasive in California. www.cal-ipc.org
  • Apply 3-4 inches of mulch or 2” of mulch over 4-6 layers of newspaper to prevent weeds and other exotics from sprouting
  • Use root and other types of barriers along property boundaries when necessary to prevent invasive, exotic plants from entering the property.
  • Talk to neighbors about eliminating invasive, exotic plants on their properties as well.

Lawn (1 point)

Intent Reduce the amount of “European” grasses that require regular mowing, fertilizing, and watering

Requirement

(1 point) - Eliminate lawns created using “European” grasses

Technologies & Strategies

  • Plant a native grass or native meadow area instead
  • Use low maintenance shrubs or other native plants as ground cover to replace lawn
  • Specify pervious paving, such as gravel, DG, mulch, or sand, for open areas instead of lawn
  • Use artificial sports turf instead of lawn Artificial Turf Picture

Low maintenance (1 point)

Intent Design the landscape such that it does not require large amounts of time or materials used for maintenance.

Requirements

(1 point) - Reduce maintenance by 25% over “typical” suburban landscape

Technologies & strategies

  • Select flowering perennials and self-seeding annuals over annuals that must be replaced every six months
  • Space all plants at 85-95% of their full size to avoid excessive pruning or future removal
  • Reduce or eliminate lawn to reduce time spent on mowing, watering, fertilizing, and weeding
  • Do not specify trees or large shrubs planted near paved areas or roofs to prevent leaf litter and therefore blowing and/or sweeping.
  • Plant close enough so weeds don’t get the sun and water they need to germinate.
  • Use 3-4 inches of mulch on all bare ground to prevent weeds.
  • Select low maintenance plantings which require a minimal amount of deadheading and shaping.
  • Use designs which do not require monthly shearing to reduce pruning and excess green waste.

Soil Amendments (1 point)

Intent Preserve or restore the natural pervious structure of soil to support movement of air, water, and roots through the soil. Preserve or restore the underground network of beneficial soil organisms that feed and support growth of plants. Insure a stable level of nutrients with decomposing organic matter to feed the soil organisms, which then feed the plants.

Requirements


Technologies & Strategies

  • Choose organic amendments over chemical fertilizers
  • Do not over or underwater for soil health
  • Minimize amendments – choose plants adapted to the soil
  • Use organic compost and amendments
  • Use live compost
  • Add mycorrhizae and compost teas to restore beneficial soil organisms to disturbed soil

Passive heating and cooling (1 point)

Intent Reduce the amount of energy used to cool buildings and reduce the amount of water needed to maintain plants

Requirements


Technologies and Strategies

  • Reduce heat islands by providing vegetation, green roofs, low-albido paving, and pervious surfaces
  • Plant deciduous trees to provide shade in summer and sun in winter, especially over houses, parking lots, and paving
  • Plant deciduous trees on south and west sides of buildings

Water Efficiency (6 points total)

Water Efficient Landscaping (4 points)

Intent Minimize the use of water in the landscape.

Requirements

  1. (1 point) - Reduce potable water consumption for irrigation by 80% of evaporation-transpiration rate of the area
  2. (1 additional point) – Reduce potable water consumption for irrigation by 70% of evaporation-transpiration rate of the area
  3. (1 additional point) – Reduce potable water consumption for irrigation by 60% of evaporation-transpiration rate of the area
  4. (1 additional point) – Reduce potable water consumption for irrigation by 50% of evaporation-transpiration rate of the area

Technologies and Strategies

  • Store rainwater on-site in tank(s) for use in landscape use
  • Use drip versus spray irrigation; and subsurface drip versus conventional drip irrigation
  • Irrigate using only rain water or recycled water from the site
  • Install gray water systems to use on-site during dry months
  • Design site to need no extra water during summer months once established and hand water only when necessary.
  • Group plants for cultural requirements (sun, water, soil) to use less water
  • Install ET (evaporation-transpiration) controllers
  • Use rain gauge to turn off irrigation system when it is raining
  • Check local weather conditions at www.-------------.com and adjust irrigation controllers at least monthly. Turn off irrigation system during the rainy season.
  • Calculate a site budget for water and track monthly
  • Perform a monthly irrigation check to ensure no equipment is broken or misadjusted.
  • Ensure at least 2 inches of mulch is used around all plantings, 3 inches is better
  • Provide a sub-meter to track landscape irrigation more exactly
  • Use pressure-compensating drip emitters to ensure equal water throughout the zone
  • Use check valves to reduce water leakage to low areas after the irrigation valve is turned off.
  • Install a pressure reducing device if water pressure is greater than 80 pounds per square inch (psi) to eliminating misting when spray irrigation is used

Innovative Wastewater Technologies (1 point)

Intent Minimize the use of sewage lines to remove, clean, and return water to the site. Instead use grey water OR clean and reuse water onsite.

Requirement

(1 point) - Reduce use of potable water for sewage conveyance OR treat 100% of wastewater on-site to tertiary standards.


Technologies & Strategies

  • Use constructed wetlands or living machines to clean waste water on-site
  • Install grey water system for irrigation during dry months

Future Maintenance (1 point)

Intent Select an irrigation system that is easy to maintain and repair.

Requirements


Technologies and Strategies

  • Design site such that no irrigation system is required and plants can survive on only seasonal rainfall
  • Design site such that only periodic (monthly) hand watering is required during the dry season
  • Install subsurface drip irrigation over drip irrigation, and drip irrigation over spray irrigation to reduce the required mainten

Maintenance (2 points total)

Sustainable Maintenance Plan (1 point)

Intent Develop a sustainable maintenance plan which will be followed during the life of the project

Requirements

(1 point) Write a sustainable maintenance plan which includes the following sections: Drainage, Materials, Planting, Composting, Lighting, and Maintenance Equipment, and Schedule for maintenance tasks.


Technologies and Strategies

  • Drainage section should include drains and gutters which need to be cleaned regularly (yearly or seasonally)
  • Materials section should describe how to maintain existing materials including cleaning, preserving, maintenance checks, etc.
  • Planting section should describe how to maintain the existing plants, including pruning, dividing, fertilizing, staking, picking, mulching, diseases, etc.
  • Lighting section should describe how to clean and maintain existing fixtures, check and replace any burnt out bulbs, a list of all bulb replacements, moving of the fixtures as needed, any adjustments needed for the controller, etc.

Certified Maintenance Professional (1 point)

Intent Select a certified maintenance professional with the training such that they will care for the project according to the original design intention

Requirement

(1 point) - Select a “certified” maintenance professional who has training in integrated pest management, proper pruning techniques, and composting; and who has sustainable equipment, such as: mulching mowers, electric chippers and string trimmers, etc.

Technologies and Strategies

  • (Review which classes are available through West Valley, Canada College, UC Santa Cruz, Environmental Landscaping Association, etc. which are pertinent)

Innovation in Design Process (4 points total)

Innovation (1-4 points)

Intent To provide design teams and projects the opportunity to be awarded points for exceptional performance above the requirements set by this rating system and/or innovative performance in categories not specifically addressed by this rating system.

Requirements

  • Credit 1.1 (1 point): In writing for each point, identify the intent of the proposed innovation credit, the proposed requirements for compliance, and the design approach used to meet the required elements.
  • Credit 1.2 (1 point): Same as credit 1.1
  • Credit 1.3 (1 point): Same as credit 1.1
  • Credit 1.4 (1 point): Same as credit 1.1

Technologies & Strategies

  • Substantially exceed a performance credit, such as water efficiency.
  • Apply strategies or measures that are not covered by this system, such as education of occupants, community development or life-cycle analysis of material choices.