To encourage projects to pursue credits with regional environmental significance, LEED offers up to four bonus Regional Priority (RP) points for each project.
RP credits are identified by USGBC Regional Councils for each zipcode within their region, with input from USGBC Chapters. These bonus points are granted for meeting requirements that have been designated as particularly important for your project's specific geographical area.
The RP points are for normal LEED credits, not new ones written for your region. You don’t have to do anything to attempt them. You enter your project’s zipcode when you register in LEED Online, and the system automatically credits you with a bonus point when you earn a credit that is designated as a regional priority credit for your zip code, up to four bonus points.
Based on your registered project’s zipcode, regional priorities are assigned based on what is deemed really important for that region. If your project earns these designated priority credits, it automatically achieves RP points. Your project can only achieve four of the six designated RP points through RPc1, however, it is a good idea to pursue all six in order to ensure achieving at least four.
It's a good idea to find out which credits will earn you a bonus point during your initial LEED review so you can estimate how many points you’re targeting, and learn which credits USGBC deems particularly important in your project’s location. You can do that by using the tool from the USGBC website that provides your RPc1 credits based on your zipcode or non-U.S. location (see Resources).
Some credits are listed with a performance threshold in the form of a percentage. That tells you what threshold you need to achieve to earn the bonus point. For example, in water conservation, it might specify that you have to reach the 40% savings threshold to earn the bonus point—achieving the 30% level won’t do it. For example, if you’re using LEED-NC and reach the 30% water reduction level for 2 points, you just earn those two points. But if you reach the 40% reduction level (4 points), you also get a regional bonus point for a total of 5 points.
Environmental zones are defined based on multiple factors and can differ across a state, or even within a city (if it has multiple zipcodes). Significant differences are based on the following factors.
You can expect WE credits to be given high priority in arid climates.
The points for this credit are generally based on concerns at a regional level, but they vary quite a bit by zip code, so carefully check them for your project.Renewable energy is given priority in sunny or windy regions.
Stormwater is a common priority for coastal areas and sites adjacent to major rivers or water bodies.
Habitat protection and restoration is assigned to many regions in the West, as well as to areas such as the Mississippi Delta and Florida Everglades, which contain large areas of critical natural habitat.
Density, transportation, and building reuse are commonly assigned as priorities for urban sites or areas prone to sprawl.
Energy performance is assigned as a regional priority credit in many areas, though less frequently in states that already have high standards for energy efficiency, such as Oregon or California.
A project can receive a maximum of four points, even if all six possible Regional Priority credits are achieved.
Yes. A project can earn an Innovation point for Exemplary Performance while also earning an RPc1 point for the same credit.
Yes. A set of Regional Priority credits is available for projects located ouside of the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam. The list can be found through USGBC.
Identify which Regional Priority (RP) credits are available for your project's zipcode by checking the USGBC’s website.
Cross-check the available RP credits against your preliminary project scorecard. Note which RP credits you are already pursuing, as well as ones you may not have been pursuing but may want to consider based on the bonus points available.
Discuss as a team the value of these additional RP bonus points, to be sure that everyone is on board with pursuing them. Make sure the additional benefit is understood so that the proper emphasis is put on those credits.
Projects outside the U.S. are not currently eligible for RP points.
Not more than four RP points can be earned, even if you earn all six RP credits. However, it makes sense to aggressively pursue as many RP credits as possible, in case a credit becomes unattainable during the design and construction process or one of your RP submittals is denied during certification review. Doing so also supports the environmental priorities of your region.
Plan on tracking the progress of RP credits throughout project design and construction to keep your project in line with its certification goals.
Excerpted from LEED 2009 for Commercial Interiors
To provide an incentive for the achievement of credits that address geographically specific environmental priorities.
Earn 1 of the 6 Regional Priority Credits (credits identified by the USGBC Regional Councils and Chapters as having additional regional environmental importance). A database of Regional Priority Credits and their geographic applicability is available on the USGBC Web site, https://www.usgbc.org/RPC/RegionalPriorityCredits.aspx?CMSPageID=2435
One point is awarded for each Regional Priority credit achieved. No more than 4 credits identified as Regional Priority credits may be earned. USGBC has prioritized credits for projects located in the U.S., Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam. All other international projects should check the database for eligible Regional Priority credits.
Determine and pursue the prioritized credits for the project location.
Uses a map-based tool to determine the Regional Priority credits of a particular location and credit sequence. Also includes list of Regional Priority credits available to international projects. Some credits listed note a specific compliance path/option or performance threshold that must be achieved to be awarded a pt for RP.
We are building a LEED CI space in a LEED EB building and earning 5 points under SSc1 option 1. We qualify for one of the option 2 credits--BrownfieldAbandoned, idled, or under used industrial and commercial facilities/sites who expansion, redevelopment, or reuse is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination (may include hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants). They can be in urban, suburban, or rural areas. EPA's Brownfields initiative helps communities mitigate potential health risks and restore the economic vitality of such areas or properties. (EPA) Redevelopment--which is also a RP credit. Can we earn the Brownfield credit as a Regional Priority credit even though we are not pursuing it under SSc1?
Misc user, I don't think so. A key factor in earning an RPc1 point is to earn the underlying credit. Possibly GBCI would approve this in an official ruling, but I doubt it. In any case, the way RPc1 works in LEED Online you have to earn the underlying credit for it to be documented, so if you really want to pursue this you'll need to talk to GBCI about it sooner than later. Let us know how it goes.
I wanted to understand if it is possible to earn 1 additional bonus points, if the project has earned all 4 points under the RPCs.
is the interpretation of earning only a maximum 4 RPCs correct.
I think the wording on the USGBC site is quite confusing. However, they are otherwise quite clear that you can earn a maxinum of four RPc1 points, and no more.
Whereby there are multiple options, there is ambiguity in RPC. For instance in China, in pursuit of EAc1.3 enable 1 RPC, but for Option 1, we are not sure for compliance whether we have to complete both the Equipment Efficiency AND Zoning & Controls path or is it that we just go for Equipment Efficiency OR Zoning & Controls.
Steve, you simply have to do whatever it takes to earn the credit in normal fashion. If the credit gives you two options you can choose one option. You don't need to do anything in terms of EP for RP credits.
Tristan, whereas some credits USGBC do stipulates a minimum requirement to earn RPC (eg. EAc1.1 min 15% LPDLighting power density (LPD) is the amount of electric lighting, usually measured in watts per square foot, being used to illuminate a given space. reduction), some are ambiguous. For EAc1.3 Option 1 specifically a case in example, is it enough just to go for equipment efficiency or do we have to do both equipment efficiency and zoning control? The RPC table in USGBC website doesn't say.
Strangely for same credit but for Option 2, USGBC did prescribed that if we choose Path 1, we need 15% better than ASHRAE 90.1 and Path 2 is 30%.although in reality the MEP is going for same credit intent.
I guess we can test it in an upcoming project here in China on how LOv3 treats the above scenario since it is hardwired to USGBC prescription.
I just got an explanation from GBCI:
When a project earns a point in an RPC, it will receive an additional bonus point towards the project’s total points. No more than one bonus point may be earned through the achievement of an RPC, and a project can earn a maximum of four bonus points from earning the various RPCs. For credits with multiple thresholds (Such as EAc1.3), a project needs to achieve the entry-level threshold in order to earn the associated bonus point. In addition, for credits with multiple options, all options are eligible to earn a bonus point.
For EAc1.3, Option 1. since project teams can earn points by pursuing 1 or both strategies, the project would earn an RCP by satisfying the credit with only one of the options. If the project pursues both options, still only one RCP will be earned.
there are sip codes missing for the enitre Kansas City Missouri area-64105, 64106, 64108, etc-i caled the USGBC and the person said that maybe that means there are n't any for that area-I don't hink that's the answer. Have you seen any errata published on this spreadsheet/
Kathleen, it's worth cross-checking in USGBC's Regional
Priority credit database. The zipcode spreadsheets also have been updated at times but if you've just downloaded the spreadsheet, that doesn't help you.
Since RPC's are set by USGBC with input from the chapters, you could check with your regional chapter about this issue.
In my project's zip code (94128), for LEED ID&C, EA 1.3 is listed as one of the RP credits. However, in ID&C there are two options for EA 1.3-- doing either gets 5 points, doing both gets 10. I would assume that getting 5 points meets the RP threshold, but it doesn't seem entirely clear. Anyone know what the detailed requirement is?
I think it is safe to assume that if a threshold is not listed, the lowest threshold meets the RPc1 requirement. If you want to be absolutely certain, I would send GBCI an email, though. Let us know if you learn anything different.
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