26 Jun '14, 8pm

The second version of the SITES ratings system for landscape design is now available for widespread use.

After several years of testing, the Sustainable Sites Initiative 's SITES rating system for landscape design is now available for widespread use. The voluntary rating system was launched in 2009 by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin (UT), and the U.S. Botanic Garden , and is designed to rate the sustainable design, construction, and maintenance of sites and landscapes. The launch of SITES v2 this week marks the end of seven years of development and a two-year pilot phase, during which more than 30 projects achieved pilot certification. "We tested the 2009 system to make sure it applies to differensite types and locations, ranging from the small residential yard to a 100-acre park," says Danielle Pieranunzi, SITES program director, noting that the pilot phase allowed the developer...

Full article: http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/landscape-architecture/si...

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