Plan fundamental systems, infrastructure and space to include Renewable Energy Sunlight + Wind Harvesting and Natural Cooling (Indoor and Outdoor) to conserve resources in the long-term and to improve thermal-safety during extended power outage or loss of heating or cooling fuel.
STRUCTURE + COMMUNITY REQUIREMENTS
EW Action 2.1 Plan the Site and Orientation for Sun + Wind Harvesting, Natural Cooling (1-2 Points)
Provide space and plan for solar access + orientation to support daylight harvesting, passive heating and energy generation systems; provide shaded and/or vegetated outdoor space for passive cooling + sunny outdoor space for food production and in temperate or cold climates for parks, plazas, recreation areas. Organize space and form to take advantage of prevailing breezes for cooling and wind power; shield entrances and walks from harsh winter winds.
Solar Orientation and Access to support daylight harvesting, passive solar and on-site solar energy.
- Block Orientation (Refer to LEED® v4 ND Credit: “Solar Orientation” Option 1.)
- Building Orientation (Refer to LEED® v4 ND Credit: “Solar Orientation” Option 2.)
- Street Width + Orientation (Refer to the 2030 Palette: Street Width + Orientation)
- Solar Access (Refer to the 2030 Palette: Solar Access)
EW Action 2.2 Site Strategies for Natural Cooling of indoor and outdoor spaces (1-2 Points)
- Vegetative Cooling (Refer to the 2030 Palette: Vegetative Cooling)
- Street Orientation (Refer to the 2030 Palette: Street Width + Orientation)
EW Action 2.3 Wind Access for Renewable Energy (1 Point)
Plan space to optimize wind access and minimize turbulence created by structures, trees and terrain.
- For preliminary planning refer to the Michigan Land Use Guidelines for Siting Wind Energy Systems. Plan space for required setbacks and maintenance access.
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