- What are Regional Priority (RP) Credits?
- Where is the Regional Priority database lookup tool?
- Can I enter my project’s ZIP Code to find my project’s Regional Priority (RP) credits?
- How does my project apply for Regional Priority credits?
- How can I tell the status of a Regional Priority credit for my project in LEED Online?
- Regional Priority Credits aren’t showing up, or are incorrect, on my project’s Credit page. What should I do?
What are Regional Priority (RP) Credits?
The concept of RP credits was introduced in the LEED 2009 rating systems to incentivize the achievement of credits that address geographically specific environmental, social equity and public health priorities. RP credits are not new LEED credits, but instead are existing credits that USGBC regional councils and chapters have designated as being particularly important for their areas. The incentive to achieve the credits is in the form of a bonus point. If an RP base credit is earned, then a bonus point is awarded to the project’s total points.
Where is the Regional Priority database lookup tool?
Can I enter my project’s ZIP Code to find my project’s Regional Priority (RP) credits?
For projects registered after May 7, 2016, teams should use their project's geolocation (latitude and longitude coordinates) to identify the RP credits associated with a project. Entering a project's zip code without verifying the geo-location of the project may not identify the correct RP credits for your project.
The ZIP code lookup system used previously led to numerous problems for project teams since ZIP codes are prone to changing when an area’s population grows or shrinks.
For projects registered prior to May 8, 2016, regional priority selections were based on zip code. These projects should be able to see Regional Priority credits in LEED Online, but they can also be verified in the Regional priority credit lookup.
How does my project apply for Regional Priority credits?
There is no need to apply for RP credits. They are assigned automatically based upon your project's geolocation latitude and longitude coordinates. During project registration in LEED Online, simply enter the project's address and then manually confirm the precise location using the intuitive Google Maps interface.
You do this by clicking on the little orange icon to the right of the latitude and longitude fields and then dragging the location icon to the project's location within the map pop-up window. The latitude and longitude fields will auto-populate once you have confirmed the location by clicking the 'Save and close' button on the map pop-up window. You can input the coordinates directly if you have them but we recommend using the orange icon to access the map interface to confirm those coordinates accurately represent the precise location of your project. That’s it. Then all eligible RP credits will be automatically designated on the project's Credits tab.
How can I tell the status of a Regional Priority credit for my project in LEED Online?
In the Credits page of your project, RP credits are identified on the right side of a credit row with an icon of a magnifying glass.
When your project submits one of these credits for review, be sure that any applicable point thresholds are correctly marked in the Thresholds tab. When the credit is awarded, the Regional Priority credit will also be awarded, and the magnifying glass icon will change to orange instead of grey.
Regional Priority Credits aren’t showing up, or are incorrect, on my project’s Credit page. What should I do?
Check the geo-location shown in the Details page of your project and in the RP Lookup tool. If the geo-location in LEED Online does not match the project's location, use the Feedback button in LEED Online to provide the correct latitude and longitude coordinates for your project, and our team would be happy to update that for you.