Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Sustainable Sites Credit 4.3

Alternative Transportation
Low-Emission & Fuel-Efficient Vehicles
That's not a yellow coiled power line, it's compressed natural gas (CNG)!

The images above are of an appliance that compresses gas from a regular plumbed gas line that you would use to cook with or run a gas furnace, and fills the tank of your vehicle. This appliance requires venting or it can be placed outdoors. Vandalism would be a concern for us if mounted outdoors.


Reduce pollution and land development impacts from automobile use.


Option 1: Provide low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles for 3% of Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) occupants AND provide preferred parking for these vehicles.


Option 2: Provide preferred parking for low emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles for 5% of the total vehicle parking capacity of the site.


Option 3: Install alternative-fuel refueling stations for 3% of the total vehicle parking capacity of the site (liquid or gaseous fueling facilities must be separately ventilated or located outdoors).

For the purposes of this credit, low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles are defined as vehicles that are either classified as Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV) by the California Air Resources Board or have achieved a minimum green score of 40 on the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) annual vehicle rating guide.

"Preferred parking" refers to the parking spots that are closest to the main entrance of the project (exclusive of spaces designated for handicapped) or parking passes provided at a discounted price.

Potential Technologies & Strategies

Provide transportation amenities such as alternative fuel refueling stations. Consider sharing the costs and benefits of refueling stations with neighbors.

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