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Heather Benjamin
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RP credits allow you to earn a bonus point for local environmental priorities.

Regional priority (RP) credits are existing LEED credits that help project teams focus on their local environmental, social equity and public health priorities.

Because some environmental issues are location-specific, USGBC has worked with local volunteers and experts to identify six RP credits for every location—and every rating system—within local or national boundaries. The relevant zones are defined by priority issues—for example, an urban area that is dealing with an impaired watershed.

Different LEED project types may be associated with different environmental impacts, so each rating system has its own RP credits. If an RP credit is earned, then a bonus point is awarded to the project’s total points. View the database of RP credits and their geographic applicability.

The main difference in RP credits between LEED 2009 and LEED v4 is that credit zones are no longer identified by U.S. ZIP Code, but through a Geographic Information Systems (GIS)-based program. This created RP credit zones that are more environmentally specific and not solely based on physical location. Learn more.

LEED Online allows project teams to enter their physical coordinates, or if they don't know them, to easily find the coordinates by entering their address. When registering a project, LEED Online uses an intuitive interface that allows teams to easily find their project's location. Then, all eligible RP credits will automatically populate.

Look up a regional priority credit