Provide occupants access to an outdoor restorative garden
Rationale: Access to a nearby outdoor garden that features natural elements and seating and is shielded from nearby activity provides opportunities for occupants to rest and connect with nature, contributing to diminished risk of anxiety, stress, and depressive symptoms.
Requirement Guidance: For buildings with multiple entrances, identify a main building entrance that is used to access a common area within the building such as a lobby, reception area, or main circulation pathway.
A restorative garden may qualify for more than one building. A combination of multiple restorative gardens that meet the requirements may qualify for the strategy.
Demonstrate compliance with the below:
Accessible Restorative Garden (Full Credit):
Demonstrate compliance with all the following requirements:
- Provide access to a minimum of one restorative garden that is free of charge to all occupants within the project.
- Ensure that the garden includes natural restorative elements (such as vegetation, water features, or water bodies).
- Ensure that the garden includes a minimum of one of the following amenities:
- water feature (such as a fountain, artificial waterfall, pond, or natural water surface)
- shelter from the elements (such as a gazebo or pergola)
- walking path or trail.
- Shield the garden from congested roadways, pedestrian corridors, and surrounding development through dense landscaping elements (such as hedges, tall trees, tall grasses, water bodies, or stone walls).
- Locate the garden within a ½-mile or 800-meter walking route of a main building entrance of 51% of the residential buildings within the site.
Types of compliance documentation required:
- Annotated maps
- Annotated photographs or design drawings
- Certified statements