Thoughtful site selection can help reduce the disruption to local plant and animal life, as well as help restore and enhance the surrounding environment. LEED Sustainable Sites credits encourage best practice measures through strategies such as alternative transportation, effective site lighting design, development of high-density and brownfield sites, and storm-water management. Many owners are also realizing financial benefits from choosing and maintaining a sustainable site, from tax incentives for brownfield development to reduced space conditioning by choosing cool roofing materials.
The Dally Tower creates an efficient plan through stacked parking levels and a vertical tower. The increase in vegetated open space is more than 75 percent above the local zoning code requirement.
This project maximized the use of alternative transportation efforts to incentivize a reduction in the carbon footprint of those working and visiting the building; it enhanced its access to public transportation, provided ample bicycle storage and changing rooms for employees, and provided specific parking for fuel efficient vehicles.
Three distinct strategies are used to minimize the heat island effect found in urban centers. Light colored roofing membrane and the green roof absorb less heat at the building. Parking lots also assist in reducing the heat island effect. With more than 65 percent of all new parking undercover and the top level of parking a reflective white surface, the remaining space is allowed to remain native or otherwise vegetated. Additionally, trees planted in the parking lot, shade the asphalt to minimize the heat gain associated with urban activity.