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Until recently, if you worked on LEED 2009 projects outside of the U.S., you probably noticed that the Regional Priority (RP) credits were the same everywhere. Over the past year, members of the LEED International Roundtable have been working hard to change this through identifying RP credits for their countries.  

Comprised of 33 organizations from around the world, the LEED International Roundtable members identified credits for each rating system that best address the most pressing environmental issues in their respective countries.

“We wanted to use RP credits to highlight issues of national importance where practice is already exemplary while also incentivizing the implementation of other less common or more challenging green building strategies,” said Sue Clark of Sweden GBC.

So, why does this matter? First, this allows LEED to be more locally relevant. By working through the LEED International Roundtable LEED addresses the environmental priorities of countries that make up more than 70% of all LEED projects outside of the U.S. Second, the LEED International Roundtable has enabled a new group of practitioners to be part of the LEED development process. Identification of LEED 2009 RP credits was the first major undertaking of the LEED International Roundtable. It was a good learning experience for the volunteers who participated.

“I think those involved learned a lot about the way in which decisions are made in a clear and transparent manner with as much user input as possible,” said Alessandro Bisagni of the Green Building Professional Partnership (GBPP) China. “This level of transparency can only continue to bring greater understanding among LEED AP's in Greater China about how USGBC makes decisions.”

By allowing the LEED International Roundtable to participate in selecting RP credits, USGBC continues to improve the global applicability of LEED. The new LEED 2009 RP credits are currently available to newly registered projects in the 32 countries listed below. Newly registered projects planning to use the previous RP credits may request to use them by clicking on the Feedback button in LEED Online. Click here to see if your country has new RP credits.

As LEED continues to grow internationally, the efforts of the LEED International Roundtable will be paramount in shaping how LEED is applied locally around the world. In fact, LEED International Roundtable members identified LEED v4 RP credits based on local climate and population data, adding more local specificity to the rating system.  

Countries with new LEED 2009 RP credits

El Salvador
Hong Kong
United Arab Emirates

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Managing Director, Greenterm Consulting LLC.
In Russia, energy-rich country with vast reserves of cheap oil and gas, energy prices are subsidized by the government. It is almost impossible to talk the high importance of Energy conservation. The option of applying regional and local building approaches should put even more emphasize on energy savings to earn LEED credits in countries like Russia to prevent consumption of fossil energy sources. Another interesting issue, the municipal recycling rates in Russia are only 10% in contrast the US where rates are closer to 40%. There might be a major update necessary in RP credits for Russia.
Project Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Michael, In order for a country to receive country-specific RP credits in LEED 2009, they must be a member of the LEED International Roundtable. Information on the LEED International Roundtable can be found by clicking the hyperlink in the first paragraph of this article.
Director - Green Building Advisory - Europe & Asia, Colliers International
Sean - Is this project over or is it still possible to work with my local GBC to adopt specific RP credits for additional countries? I'm active in both Hungary and Singapore and I noted that neither country is on the list.
Environmental consultant, Penicaud Green Building
The RP Credits have changed for France - they are still focussed on water and energy,but more at the site level and with an added one concerning low-emission vehicles.
Project Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi David, Since Mexico participated in this project, all projects that register after the date these changes took effect will automatically have the new RP credits, not the standard global set. If a project was already in the planning process but hadn't yet registered before the change, we can manually change the credits back to the global set.
CEO , 3Lotus Consulting
We just checked Mexico and it does show different credits. Does this mean that besides the list of the typical RP extra points for international project we have a couple of extra options for an extra point? Or is it like you either go for the typical international regional priority OR the newly local international priority?

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