When the City of Seattle was looking for assistance for their SLU LEED ND initiative, we happened to have the perfect combination of skills and interests to make us a perfect partner. We had clocked in 23 years of commitment to the South Lake Union neighborhood, had two LEED ND projects at a time when few firms had any experience with the certification, and had a track record of dedication to sustainability.
The SLU neighborhood was unusual to the LEED for Neighborhood Development Pilot program in that certification was led by a municipality for an existing urban neighborhood that was built by numerous private developers. This posed many challenges foc documentation, both as a test case for the LEED ND Pilot program as well as data collection to measure sustainabilkity for the Neighborhood. We worked in conjunction with the City to spearhead the certification documentation of the neighborhood, and gather research, data and performance analysis to compare against the LEED ND credits.
The neighborhood fell just short of the ultimate goal, to obtain a LEED ND Pilot silver rating from the USGBC; however it did achieve certification. The reason silver was not attained was due to the lack of balance in the neighborhood between jobs and housing. The city is working to re-balance the neighborhood through a rezone that is currently under review.
LEED Research and Documentation
South Lake Union certified as green neighborhood
April 27, 2011
Neighborhood Achievement: SLU soon to be certified as sustainable neighborhood by LEED
South Lake Union Community Council