15-0202 v2.1/Definitions and Calculations (Part V)


Would you clarify the relationship between the F.A.R. and the Transect? Does the Transect determine the F.A.R. or does the F.A.R. determine the transect? For example, our project is a residential project, single story, with a building footprint or Gross Building Area of 257 sq. meters. The building site is 5764 sq. meters. Thus the F.A.R. equals 0.05. It would seem that the project is in the Transect L3 but the F.A.R. is not between 0.1-0.49. To develop the site at that density would be beyond what is typical for the neighborhood (it is in Alaska). Are we allowed to be in Transect L3 with a F.A.R. lower than 0.1? Or does the F.A.R. of 0.05 put us in the L2 designation no matter the surrounding land use in the community?


Part V "FAR ranges were provided to assist teams in the assessment of their Living Transect (transect), but you should determine your transect based on the context of the community surrounding the project. The Institute acknowledges that in a number of circumstances the FAR of the project does not accurately reflect the correct density of a project's transect. Please assess your transect based on the descriptions of the transects provided on page 9 of The Standard and use the FAR of your project and analysis of your surrounding community as a back check. As there is a question about your transect and your project FAR is significantly lower than what is outlined in the transect descriptions we recommend contacting the Institute with an aerial image of your project's 1km catchment area: certification@livingbuildingchallenge.org so that an assessment can be made."

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