LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the leading sustainability standard for green building certification and has been developed by the non-profit U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Aside from LEED’s environmental and health benefits, the certification helps developers and property managers increase the financial value of their properties.
Originally a standard for new construction, it has become a comprehensive system addressing the design, construction, maintenance, and operation of buildings. Yet one aspect of LEED seems to be overlooked at times: What the USGBC calls “alternative commuting transportation.” Or put another way, Transportation Demand Management, or TDM.
Simply put, TDM can earn LEED points, easing the way to certification. What is TDM? Customized TDM programs create sustainable transportation choices that make office buildings, properties, and campuses more accessible and connected. TDM helps decrease the reliance on single occupancy vehicles and cars which can reduce the need for costly parking construction and maintenance.
Our TDM LEED infographic (click below for the full version) shows how TDM helps earn LEED points, both for existing buildings and new construction:
- LEED O+M (Existing Buildings Operations and Maintenance) Certification: earn up to 15 points via TDM programs
- LEED-NC (New Construction) Certification: earn up to 12 points via TDM programs