15-0206 v2.1/Definitions and Calculations (Part XII)

QUESTION

Our project is a school in a campus setting. Is there an exception that reduces the area of Urban Agriculture required in order to allow for programmatic elements? For example, a school is required to have play areas and sometimes it is difficult to choose a surface that will not lead to erosion, which may require a more durable planting than an agricultural variety.

ANSWER

Part XII "A Building project in a campus setting is considered to be in Transect L3 at least – it could also be in L4-L6 depending on development patterns – so the maximum potential area outside the building footprint designated for Urban Agriculture is 35%. (It can be as low as 0% in the most urban situations, so it is critical to first select the appropriate transect based on project conditions). As noted in the thread above, “agriculture” is broadly defined in the Living Building Challenge. This does not have to be implemented on the ground plane, nor does it have to be horizontal: rooftop agriculture and vertical vegetated walls may also contribute. It is worth noting, too, that it is possible to design a landscape to fulfill multiple needs. For example, fruit trees may still allow other programmatic functions under their canopies. In addition, the Scale Jumping overlay applies to this Imperative, so the area designated for agriculture may be placed outside the project footprint elsewhere on the campus. "


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