Registered a LEED Project, but Not Certified Yet? Older LEED Versions Are Approaching Certification Sunset!

By now you know that USGBC and GBCI have adopted LEED v4, which will replace LEED v2009.  The tests for becoming accredited as a LEED Green Associate or Accredited Professional have already made the switch (the last date to take those tests was June 15th and the new tests open on June 30th).  But if you’ve registered a project to pursue LEED certification – or if you plan to register a project soon – what do you need to know about the closing dates for older versions of LEED?  Find out here.

Honestly, LEED version sunset dates are a little confusing, but that’s the nature of the beast.  Keep in mind that, while this transition can be a pain in the rear, LEED is continually working to improve and evolve.  Newer versions are introduced to meet user needs, adapt to new technologies and best practices, and fill gaps in the system.  If you want to learn more about the newest version of LEED, talk to GBA’s Janel Everly, who has already taught a series of classes on these LEED v4 changes.  Meanwhile, here is the gist of upcoming deadlines for LEED registration and certification under various LEED versions:

  1. If you have a project registered under LEED for Existing Buildings v2.0, your certification deadline is fast approaching on August 31, 2014… Hurry!
  2. If you’re working on a project registered under one of these older LEED rating system versions, the certification deadline is Jun 27, 2015:
    • LEED for New Construction v2.2
    • LEED for Core & Shell v2.0
    • LEED for Commercial Interiors v2.0
    • LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance v2008
  3. If you’re working on one of the following projects under LEED v2009, you have until June 15, 2015 to register the project and until June 30, 2021 to achieve certification:
  • LEED for New Construction
  • LEED for Core & Shell
  • LEED for Schools
  • LEED for Retail: New Construction and Commercial Interiors
  • LEED for Healthcare
  • LEED for Commercial Interiors
  • LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance

The same deadlines above apply to LEED for Homes v2008.

 If you’re considering starting a project now, should you register under LEED v2009 or take the leap and start under LEED v4?  It depends.  LEED v4 takes into account the newest technologies and industry practices; however, there are some pretty big changes in performance thresholds and Materials and Resources strategies between v2009 and v4.  Our end recommendation?  Run your project through both checklists to determine which LEED version helps you meet your project goals better (and which your project performs better in).  You might be surprised by the outcome and what asking different types of questions helps your project team determine about what you want to accomplish with your next green building project!

Still confused about the deadlines:?  Maybe I should let the USGBC explain… Check out the full list of deadlines here.

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