Low Impact Development (LID) Sandtown Habitat for Humanity
Sandtown Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization focused on rebuilding vacant housing, increasing homeownership, and improving the health of the community in the Sandtown area of Baltimore, MD to build the first LEED-PLATINUM home in Baltimore City. The focus for Sandtown Habitat is to incorporate green standards and Low Impact Design (LID) into the Habitat model of “safe, decent, and affordable” housing in a way that doesn’t cost more or slow down construction.
To support Sandtown Habitat in pursuing LEED-PLATINUM certification, Straughan developed an Erosion and Sediment Control Plan, a Landscaping Plan, and a LID Stormwater Management Plan to meet LEED Sustainable Sites points for the proposed redevelopment at 1810 Laurens Street. The plans included:
- Site Stewardship through perimeter erosion controls of silt fence and gravel berms to be implemented through the construction process.
- Landscaping through specifying only native plant species, eliminating turf, and reducing irrigation demands.
- Surface Water Management through permeable paving, landscape infiltration, and rain gardens, utilizing the MDE Environmental Site Design criteria.
- LID Stormwater Design