We are designing a hotel project in a rural remote area in Saudi Arabia, and have an issue figuring out which Lighting Zone the project falls under. 

Under the MLO guidelines, "Selection of lighting zone or zones should be based not on existing conditions but rather on the type of lighting environments the jurisdiction seeks to achieve." Since this is a hotel project, lighting zone 2 appears to be appropriate, as ambient lighting levels will be required for hotel guests.

However, according to the LEED V4 guidelines, the lighting zone of the project property must be met "at the time construction begins." This would force us to use Lighting Zones 0 or 1, and not be able to meet the credit requirements.

Do we have a case for using lighting zone 2 for this project?

Appreciate your comments.

Best Regards,

Michael Aghabi