LEED goes local through recognizing Regional Priorities
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
United Arab Emirates