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The key thing is to know what you're aiming for. The bonus points mean that if you're on the fence about going after a certain credit, or deciding what threshold to aim for, an extra point might help you make your decision.
To find out, you have two options. One, use the rather clunky spreadsheets offered by USGBC. A key thing here is to make sure you've selected the right tab from the bottom of the window for your rating system.
To make things easier, we at LEEDuser (in collaboration with Environmental Building Strategies) have just launched a quick LEED Regional Priority reference tool. Enter your zipcode and rating system, and voila! As a bonus, the six credits you get for results are linked directly to LEEDuser's how-to guidance for each credit. So if you're not clear on the exact requirements or thresholds, or you need some sample documentation, it's right there.
After launching this tool today, I heard right away from a person doing a project in New Jersey whose zipcode wasn't listed. I double-checked our tool, and then USGBC's spreadsheets (again, where we get our data) and it was indeed missing. I have heard of some instances of this as USGBC has launched this whole thing, but I was a little surprised at this, to be honest. Nonetheless, keep an eye out for oddities like this, and if you see something that doesn't seem quite right, don't be too surprised.
What are your experiences with RPc1? Your opinions on LEED regionalization in general?
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