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 Schools New Construction and Major Renovations
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.
Are there regional priority credit options for a school under LEED for Schools 2007? Can it be submitted under an innovation credit if not?
The regional priority credits were added as part of LEED 2009, and are not available for projects prior to that.
The closest thing you can do is use the Exemplary PerformanceIn LEED, certain credits have established thresholds beyond basic credit achievement. Meeting these thresholds can earn additional points through Innovation in Design (ID) or Innovation in Operations (IO) points. As a general rule of thumb, ID credits for exemplary performance are awarded for doubling the credit requirements and/or achieving the next incremental percentage threshold. However, this rule varies on a case by case basis, so check the credit requirements. paths for extra credit under IDc1.
Do you know if there is any precedent for these kinds of requests? Is it likely or unlikely that a request would be approved through the ID route? Thanks!
I guess I'm not clear what you would be proposing?
For instance, SSc2 is a regional priority for Schools 2009. Would we be likely to succeed if we submitted it under IDc1?
I think what you're saying is this: SSc2 is an RPc1 credit in LEED 2009, so can I get extra credit for it under LEED-Schools 2007? The answer is no—if you could, you could bet that every project and its mother would be doing this, IDc1 would become a giveaway and all the LEED certification levels would become easier. LEED pre-2009 simply isn't calibrated for this kind of bonus point.
You could only submit it under IDc1 for the Exemplary PerformanceIn LEED, certain credits have established thresholds beyond basic credit achievement. Meeting these thresholds can earn additional points through Innovation in Design (ID) or Innovation in Operations (IO) points. As a general rule of thumb, ID credits for exemplary performance are awarded for doubling the credit requirements and/or achieving the next incremental percentage threshold. However, this rule varies on a case by case basis, so check the credit requirements. path.
Another way to get extra points under IDc1 is through use of the pilot credit library. You may find one or two credits there that are applicable to your project.
Am I making sense?
Yes that's helpful. So, we could file for exemplary performanceIn LEED, certain credits have established thresholds beyond basic credit achievement. Meeting these thresholds can earn additional points through Innovation in Design (ID) or Innovation in Operations (IO) points. As a general rule of thumb, ID credits for exemplary performance are awarded for doubling the credit requirements and/or achieving the next incremental percentage threshold. However, this rule varies on a case by case basis, so check the credit requirements. on SSc2 because there are several residential zones and 30+ services within a 1/2 mile radius, potentially.
And I will look into the pilot credit library. Thanks again.
Good. However, check the EP rules for SSc2 in the Reference Guide or on our SSc2 page. They have to do with density, I believe, not services.
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