US Green Building Council to Host LEED-ND Panel: August 12, 2010

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LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND), the much-anticipated and latest rating system under the LEED umbrella, has just been launched. LEED-ND integrates the principles of Smart Growth, New Urbanism, and Green Building into the first national rating system created specifically for neighborhood design. This program will introduce the new rating system and discuss its differences from the other LEED rating systems, particularly LEED for New Construction. The process for project submission will be discussed, as well as the future impacts of LEED-ND in neighborhood design.

Dan Fenoccio, Vice-President, and Martin Lewis, Senior Engineer, of Cunningham Engineering Corporation will explain the primary concepts of Smart Growth, New Urbanism, and the LEED-ND rating system. They will describe projects that are currently seeking LEED-ND certification, and analyze future trends and design implications for LEED-ND.

Jeff Caudill, Consultant for Green Building Services’ Green Communities Group, will provide first-hand experience and “lessons learned” with LEED-ND through a variety of project types. Green Building Services (GBS) has contributed to the certification of 5 LEED-ND Pilot projects thus far. This portion of the presentation will provide a description of their experience in working with a range of LEED-ND projects, including a single block mixed-use project in Portland, OR; a multiple block mixed- and multi-use project in a small town in Washington; an affordable single-family infill project in Portland, OR; and a 15-acre multi-use project in Washington, DC. From this varied experience, Green Building Services has accumulated a deep understanding of the application of the LEED-ND Pilot rating system, its challenges, and benefits. Additionally, the presentation will discuss how LEED-ND compares to other established LEED rating systems and some of the modifications made between the pilot and final rating systems.

Darin Dinsmore, an urban planner and landscape architect, will explain how to use EcoDistricts to implement smart growth, how to create a city, county or statewide program, and describe new techniques in project design and financial tools to facilitate implementation.

GBCI Credential Maintenance Program

Approved for
2 Continuing Education Hours
for LEED Professional Credential Maintenance

Activity Type:
Professional Development
Continuing Education

Project Surrounding and Public Outreach or Project Site Factors

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the primary concepts of Smart Growth and New Urbanism
  • List unique characteristics of the LEED-ND rating system
  • Understand the Prerequisite Review Process for Smart Location & Linkage
  • Identify stages of the LEED-ND certification process
  • Define terms used to describe LEED-ND projects
  • Analyze future trends and design implications for LEED-ND
  • Describe the current and future role of LEED-ND in the design and construction process and how best to integrate LEED-ND into project decision-making
  • Compare the various aspects of the LEED-ND rating system and certification process with other LEED rating systems (e.g. LEED-NC, LEED-EB, etc.)
  • Understand how modifications made to the Pilot Rating System in the Final Rating System may affect the process of LEED-ND certification
  • Understand how EcoDistricts can be used to implement smart growth
  • Learn how to create a city, county or statewide program
  • Learn new techniques in project design and financial tools to facilitate implementation


5:00 – 5:30    Registration and networking, announcements
5:30 – 7:00    Panelist presentations
7:00 – 7:15    Q&A

About the Speakers

Dan Fenoccio, P.E, Vice President, Cunningham Engineering Corporation
Dan Fenocchio serves as Vice President of Cunningham Engineering Corporation, a civil engineering, landscape architecture, and project planning firm with offices in Davis and Sacramento. Dan has directed numerous teams in the planning, design and development of a diverse range of project types, from large suburban residential to in-fill mixed-use projects on constrained sites. He has been instrumental in the company’s business planning efforts and has played a key role in the firm’s strategic positioning to support the green movement and sustainable site design techniques. With a well rounded understanding of the design and construction process, he has successfully integrated low impact development techniques into a number of LEED-certified projects. The Colonia San Martin project in Sacramento, for which Dan served as the civil engineering project manager, was named the “2009 Outstanding Stormwater Quality Project” by the California Stormwater Quality Association. Dan also serves on the Transit Oriented Development Advisory Council for the Urban Land Institute. Dan received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from UC Davis, and is a licensed civil engineer in California.

Martin Lewis, P.E., Senior Engineer, Cunningham Engineering
A senior engineer with Cunningham Engineering, Martin has over 15 years consulting experience in civil engineering. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering Science from Oxford University and is a licensed civil engineer in New Mexico and California. His expertise lies in planning and design for urban storm drainage and municipal infrastructure. He has extensive experience in hydrologic/hydraulic modeling, and design of regional and site-scale drainage systems (including integration of Low Impact Development techniques). Martin played a key role in the University of California’s master planning for the West Village Mixed-Use Community in Davis, and continues to be instrumental in the design of that project’s first phase. West Village will be a 220-acre Zero Net Energy community on university-owned land and is implementing a variety of sustainable design components.

Jeff Caudill, AICP, LEED AP, Consultant, Green Building Services’ Green Communities Group
Jeff Caudill serves as a consultant in the Green Communities group at GBS and holds a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University. Jeff combines his experience at GBS with three previous years as a land use planner to identify innovative green building techniques at a variety of levels, including the planning, design, and construction phases of projects in the Pacific Northwest, California, and elsewhere. In these projects, Jeff provides green building expertise for a variety of design decisions and assists in certification efforts associated with the LEED-ND and LEED-NC programs. Jeff has contributed to four LEED-ND projects and a wide range of LEED-NC projects, including projects utilizing the LEED-NC Application Guide for Multiple Buildings and On-Campus Building Projects (AGMBC). In addition to LEED certification, Jeff applies his experience and knowledge of land use planning and policy development to assist governmental agencies and other public institutions in the development and implementation of green building policy and strategies. On these projects, Jeff applies a critical eye to identify appropriate and effective green building solutions at the state and local level. In 2007, Jeff’s work was recognized for excellence in land use planning (Washington Chapter of the America Planning Association) and historic preservation (Washington State Historic Preservation Office). Jeff also facilitates project eco-charrettes, completes Green Communities Site Assessments, and conducts LEED certification reviews for the USGBC. Jeff is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).

Darin Dinsmore, Principal, Darin Dinsmore & Associates
Darin Dinsmore is an innovative and award-winning urban planner and landscape architect with over 20 years of experience in helping communities to increase their livability and prosperity, reduce their ecological footprint and improve human and ecological health. Darin is also a development partner on a 250 acre Build It Green certified mixed use project. Darin’s expertise includes:

  • Drafting regional green building goals, policies and actions for Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA)
  • Writing EcoDistrict approaches for high performance neighborhoods
  • Master Plan of Railyard in Truckee, CA (LEED-ND, APA Award for Comprehensive Planning)
  • Creating Form & Performance Based Code for 5 Tahoe area counties and City of Truckee
  • Creating Regional Community Enhancement Program based on LEED-ND
  • Coordinating Built Environment Task Force and created demo projects
  • Working with Nevada City, CA, for a downtown EcoDistrict
  • Developing 30 green building types for mixed use infill projects with a construction cost ratios

Previously he served as the Director of Town Planning for The Sierra Business Council and implemented the Planning for Prosperity Program throughout the Sierra, by partnering and working with counties and communities to implement sustainable development in the region. Darin recently formed Sustainable Community Strategies (SCS) to help communities and regions address climate change as well as new state and federal policies. They also created the Tahoe Community Enhancement Program (CEP) based on LEED ND principles calibrated to local issues and opportunities. There are currently 3 LEED projects working through the CEP process. Darin also teaches through the UC Davis Extension Green Building and Sustainable Design Certificate Program on “Sustainability by Design: Retrofitting our Cities, Communities and Neighborhood”.

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