Bishop Ranch

Goleta, California

Project Type

Mixed Use/Residential/Neighborhood Development

Project Size


Project Summary

Bishop Ranch is a 240-acre development proposing to have 1,195 residential units, a commercial development, community parks, and open space.  The comprehensive feasibility analysis for the pursuit of LEED certification included the review of the progress design and scope in order to identify which LEED rating system(s) should be utilized to appropriately benchmark the project’s sustainability integration and resource efficiency.  The analysis required the active research and tool development to compare and contrast LEED rating systems and their requirements, and ultimately resulted in the decision to pursue LEED for Neighborhood Development and LEED for Homes. CalGreen requirements were also integrated into the feasibility analysis to better identify the cross-pollination of sustainable building requirements and determine which CalGreen requirements could be met through the pursuit of LEED certification.

Project Highlights

  • Overlap and integration of CalGreen with LEED requirements
  • Design development guidelines to maximized achievement of project goals
  • Identification of alternative compliance paths for achievement of LEED certification
  • New urbanism strategies within a semi suburban community
  • High-efficiency residential housing with multi-level integration of sustainable attributes

Our Work

  • Feasibility study and analysis of the applicability of Bishop Ranch to achieve LEED for Neighborhood Development and LEED for Homes certification
  • Identification of symmetries and contrasts between CalGreen and LEED requirements
  • Development of guiding design principles for development to maximize LEED credit achievement
  • Development of detailed report identifying project history, research, analysis, findings, and recommendations for continued sustainable development