Land And Natural
Development (LAND) Code: Guidelines for Sustainable Land Development
Method for Developing Sites in Harmony With Nature and Natural
By Diana Balmori, Gaboury
Learn the New
Methods for Land And Natural Development (LAND)
and Natural Development (LAND) Code offers a pioneering method
to develop sites in harmony with natural processes that is solidly
based on peer-reviewed scientific findings.
After an introduction, the book begins with
chapters covering water, soil, air, living resources, energy, and
materials. Throughout these chapters, the authors recommend tested
and proven strategies that minimize disruption of the natural
processes. Each chapter provides background, describes benefits for
both developers and ecosystems, and recommends protective strategies
in simple, non-technical language (a glossary is provided explaining
all terms not in common usage).
A toolbox of environmental engineering methods
to implement the strategies follows, and the final chapter of the
book provides a series of examples of actual development projects in
which a variety of approaches have successfully attained sustainable
development. With its emphasis on scientific understanding, the LAND
Code offers you the information needed to make and implement
decisions for ecologically sound land development.
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
- Rating scheme that weights each
development and land use practice based on its environmental
benefit and difficulty of implementation
- Straightforward, step-by-step system that
is accessible to non-experts
- Focus on land rather than buildings
- Extensive use of photographs and diagrams
to illustrate practices and procedures
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About The Author:
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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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
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.