Implementation in the Design Process:
In Predesign and early design, consider the impact of glazing percentage. If the building use is likely to be associated with large glazed areas, consider increased risk/adjustments needed on highly vegetated sites. Additionally, consider an ecological assessment of the site that includes an evaluation of bird species, habitat, and migration patterns.
Through the design process identify attractant areas for birds on the site, plan deterrents for facades adjacent to attractants, and keep glazed areas of buildings greater than 50 feet away from them. Configure building to minimize bird collision “traps.” Traps can include clear barriers, transparent railings, or other glazed see-through conditions. See guideline for complete conditions deemed to be traps.
Evaluate early designs through the Bird-Safe Calculator (Appendix S-9a), and inform and adjust designs to meet bird-safe criteria. Check design against bird-safe criteria and update the WBTF in the Bird-Safe Building Calculator to confirm it continues to comply.
As the construction documents are developed, confirm continued compliance with all required and pursued recommended bird-safe criteria, adjusting documentation and design as needed.
Confirm that contract documents include those features needed for bird-safe compliance, as calculated using the Bird-Safe Calculator (Appendix S-9a). Make bidders aware of specific requirements for sustainable construction according to the B3 Guidelines. Watch for substitutions that would change the bird-safe performance of the building, and ensure that any material substitutions meet bird-safe performance criteria.
Confirm correct implementation of features affecting bird-safe performance according to drawings and specifications.
Incorporate bird-safe first year monitoring and Lights Out program criteria into the project documentation. Coordinate with lighting engineer regarding controls for lights to accommodate Lights Out program compliance.
Comply with Lights Out management program during relevant seasons according to the guidelines.
Perform required first-year bird-safe monitoring and any recommended ongoing monitoring that was pursued, using Appendix S-9bf for First-Year Building Monitoring.
If pursuing Bird-Safe Case Study Narrative, coordinate with lighting engineer on documentation of lighting benefits anticipated from Lights Out program.
If pursuing S.5 B and S.5 C under S.5 Light Pollution, consider documentation of bird-safe features for S.9 J Bird-Safe Lighting Design.