rasmeth wrote:LEED should take into consideration how a building is sited and how it makes its employees get to the building. If it is located to bring people in by car, mass transit, foot, or bike, and how far it makes them go by car or bike to get there. Other than this big oversight that makes certification less reputable, it is an honor to have a building here that meets so many of the other technical requirements for sustainability.
I think there should be something in there related to mass transit (IE on bus route, within X distance from terminal, etc) but how an employee chooses to get to work is the decision of each employee and I don't think the employer should be held responsible. If you have two employee's living next to each other a mile away from the building and one bikes and one drives, how do you score that?
Also how would you measure how far a building "makes" someone go to get there. If they have an employee in Ames, does that mean locating their building in WDM should dock them points because they "make" an employee travel 30+ miles to get to work?
I like the spirit of your idea, and agree that there should be criteria in LEED related to accessability if there isn't already, but some things are just out of the company's control.