E04 - SITES V2 Materials Credits: From specification to reuse

Thursday, November 9 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM | 258BC

Abstract Text:

The Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES® V2) offers comprehensive, voluntary guidelines together with a rating system that assesses the sustainable design, construction, and maintenance of landscapes. Administered by GBCI, the SITES V2 rating system can apply to developed projects located on sites with or without buildings-ranging from parks to corporate campuses, streetscapes, infrastructure projects, and more.  The goal of this session is to examine The Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES V2) materials and resource credits that support the entire life-cycle of a project from materials specification to use, maintenance, deconstruction and reuse. Synergies between the SITES V2 and LEED V4 materials and resources credits will be discussed in an effort to gain a better understanding of how best to integrate the two. This session seeks to highlight the materials section of the SITES Rating System, by uncovering challenges and presenting solutions that can benefit the environment, property owners, as well site users for a sustainable future.

Learning Objectives:

Summarize specific credit synergies and differences between Materials and Resource prerequisites and credits for SITES V2 and LEED V4 BD+C.

Describe three ways that a project can achieve SITES V2 Materials Prerequisite ex. Eliminate the Use of Wood from Threatened Tree Species.

Discuss strategies to achieve SITES V2 and LEED V4 credits related to producer responsibility and information transparency (SITES C5.7, C5.8, C5.9 and LEED V4 BD+C MR credits about Building Product Disclosure and Optimization).

Understand current environmental and human health impacts of a product’s life-cycle and strategies to specify products with reduced impacts.

Learning Level:

Level 200 – Understanding/Comprehension


GBCI Credit Hours:
AIA Credit Hours:
LEED Specific:
LEED Specific: BD+C, SITES Specific
Well/LEED Specific:
LEED Specific: BD+C, SITES Specific

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