Support LEED Credit SSc4.1 with Circle Generator and Google Earth
You want to find out if your project site is close enough to public transit? (LEED credit 4.1 “Alternative Transportation: Public transportation Access” requirements are: Locate building within 800metres (0.5 miles) of a commuter rail, light rail or subway station or 400metres (0.25 miles) of 2 or more public bus lines offering frequent service).
Here is how you do it (works only where transit information is available in Google Earth):
- Go to your Google Earth options dialog and change “Show Lat/Long” to decimal degrees.
- Navigate to your project site and create a placemark
- Right click the placemark and open the placemark properties
- Open your web browser and go to to the KML Circle Generator
- Copy and paste the latitude and longitude values from the placemark into the “Center of circle” fields
- Adjust the Radius value to 800m and click GO and save the KML file to you computer
- Open this file with Google Earth
- Find the circle in your Places tree and right click and open the properties dialog to adjust style and colour values (e.g. colour: white, Width: 8, Opacity: 75%)
- Switch all Google Earth layers off exept “Places of Interest/Transportation”
If you did not find the commuter rail, light rail or subway station within your 800m circle just repeat these steps with a 400m circle and find out about bus stops only.
If you invoke the info bubble for one of the bus stop icons you will be provided with a link to Google Transit where you can even find out about the bus schedules.
I am not sure though if this map will be accepted as a LEED submittal.