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Land and Natural Development (LAND) Code: Guidelines for Sustainable Land Development

ISBN: 978-0-470-04984-6
256 pages
March 2007
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Land and Natural Development (LAND) Code offers a pioneering method to develop sites in harmony with natural processes. While the LAND Code can be readily used in conjunction with LEED, EPA, and other guidelines, it features several unique characteristics, including recommendations based on peer-reviewed scientific research, a system that is accessible to non-experts, and extensive use of photographs and diagrams to illustrate practices and procedures.
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Acknowledgments.

CHAPTER 1. INTRODUCTION.

What This Book is About.

Why This Book.

How to Use This Book.

How Land Code Points Were Determined.

How We Use the Term Sustainability.

How This Book Came About.

CHAPTER 2. WATER.

Site Drainage.

Impervious Surfaces.

Stormwater Quality.

Water Conservation and Reuse.

CHAPTER 3. SOILS.

Erosion Prevention and Control.

Soil Health and Integrity.

CHAPTER 4. AIR QUALITY AND MICROCLIMATE.

CHAPTER 5. LIVING RESOURCES.

Living Resources Conservation Plan.

Preserving and Restoring Habitat.

Buffering Critical Habitat.

Landscape Connectivity.

Road Placement and Design.

Native Species and Landscape Heterogeneity.

Selected Resources for Identifying Native and Invasive Species.

CHAPTER 6. ENERGY.

CHAPTER 7. INDUSTRIAL ECOLOGY AND MATERIALS.

CHAPTER 8. ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING.

Erosion Prevention and Control.

Stormwater Management: Runoff Quality and Quantity.

Renewable Energy.

Computer Models.

CHAPTER 9. DIFFERENT PATHS TO SUSTAINABILITY.

Case Studies.

Points Checklist.

Glossary.

References.

Index.

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DIANA BALMORI, PhD, is the founder of New York City–based Balmori Associates, a firm that is internationally recognized for its success in realizing complex urban projects that integrate innovative sustainability systems and patterns of use within an overarching sense of place. Her firm has created master plans ranging from a blueprint for Bilbao, Spain, to the design for the Farmington Canal Rail Trail to a waterfront park on the Mississippi River. Balmori Associates is implementing a 46,000-square-foot network of green roofs in Long Island City, New York. She has been appointed to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts through 2007. Balmori teaches at the Yale School of Architecture as well as at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.

GABOURY BENOIT, PhD, is associate dean for research and professor of Environmental Chemistry and Environmental Engineering at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. At Yale, he is also director of the Center for Coastal and Watershed Systems and codirector of the Hixon Center for Urban Ecology. Dr. Benoit's research focuses on the behavior, transport, and fate of chemicals in natural waters, soils, sediments, and biota. Special areas of interest are non-point source pollutants, toxic contaminants, and human–environment interactions in urban areas.

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  • Provides easy-to-understand quick bits of information for planners, landscape designers, architects, and developers to easily digest
  • Coauthor Diana Balmori, based in New York City, is well-known as one of the leading landscape and urban design practitioners in the United States
  • Covers technology topics such as water quality and hydrology, air pollution and micrometeorology, plant ecology and population ecology, onsite energy and transportation, environmental engineering, industrial ecology, and legal strategies for municipalities and developers
  • Includes a number of case examples of projects that illustrate the concepts
  • The book is the result of a course at Yale co-taught by Balmori and Benoit from both the Yale School of Architecture and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
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