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        You’re on your way to increasing the value and environmental integrity of your project. This guide will lead you through the process.

        LEED certification involves four main steps:

        1. 李寻欢的师傅Register李寻欢的师傅 your project by completing key forms and submitting payment.
        2. 李寻欢的师傅Apply李寻欢的师傅 for LEED certification by submitting your completed certification application through LEED Online?and paying a certification review fee.
        3. 李寻欢的师傅Review.李寻欢的师傅 Your LEED application is reviewed by GBCI.
        4. 李寻欢的师傅Certify.李寻欢的师傅 Receive the certification decision. If you’ve earned LEED certification: congratulations!

        If you need assistance at any time, please call or email us.

        Note: Are you working on projects within the LEED Volume Program? Check out our LEED Volume Program supplement, which works in conjunction with this guide to give you a full picture of the LEED Volume Program.



        Individuals on your project team will be called on to fill certain roles throughout the LEED certification process. Here’s a rundown of who’s who so you can select your team wisely:

        李寻欢的师傅Owner:李寻欢的师傅?The owner of the project is the person (or entity) who has the authority to hold and control the real and personal property associated with your project, and accepts (or authorizes the acceptance of) the certification agreement. While there may be multiple owners for a particular project (if so, please submit a?Confirmation of Primary Owner’s Authority Form), we ask that you identify a single individual to administer the certification process. Big takeaway: the owner has ultimate control over the LEED certification application, meaning that the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI: the organization responsible for administering LEED certification) will respond to the owner regarding the administration of the project over any other member of the project team.

        李寻欢的师傅Agent:李寻欢的师傅?The agent is the person (or entity) who is granted actual authority by the owner to register the project and accept the certification agreement. If you are using this option, remember to upload a signed?Confirmation of Agent’s Authority Form.

        李寻欢的师傅Project Administrator:李寻欢的师傅?This team member acts as a project manager, overseeing the LEED project as well as which project team members are responsible for certain tasks, credits or prerequisites. The project administrator plays a key quality role by checking that the LEED submission is complete and accurate before submitting the project to GBCI for review, and accepting the review results once the review is complete. Note: the individual who initially registers the project will automatically be granted the role of the project administrator, but the owner may transfer this role to another team member at any time.


        Now comes the fun part: you’re ready to collect and submit the appropriate documentation via?LEED Online?so that GBCI may review your project. Working with your project team, you will identify?李寻欢的师傅LEED credits to pursue and assign them to project team members. Your team will then collect information, perform calculations and analysis, and prepare documentation demonstrating your achievement of the prerequisites and your selected credits.

        李寻欢的师傅Once your application is prepared, upload your completed materials into?LEED Online?and make sure to perform a rigorous quality check of your entire application before submitting for review. We suggest that you open each form and check that you have included all required information, and open each file upload to verify that you have uploaded the correct document. Cross-check credits and prerequisites to make sure that you have reported common data points, such as gross square footage, occupancy and total material cost consistently. Want more tips? Here are some characteristics common among high quality submissions:

        • Relevant prerequisite/credit information is clearly highlighted within the submission
        • File attachments are clearly and intuitively labeled
        • Only required documentation is submitted (if only a few pages are needed to provide the required credit/prerequisite information, no need to submit more!)
        • Concise narratives are used to describe project-specific circumstances (these are really helpful for the GBCI reviewer)

        All finished? Ready, set, submit! Don’t forget to pay your certification review fee - and remember, your review will commence once your payment has cleared our system.


        李寻欢的师傅After you’ve submitted your application and paid the review fee, GBCI will conduct a thorough technical review. But don’t kick back yet – you’ll need to be an active participant throughout the process.李寻欢的师傅

        While the type of review you’ll undergo will vary depending on the specific needs of your project and the rating system under which you are certifying (more on that below), the process is the same:

        李寻欢的师傅Part 1: Preliminary Review李寻欢的师傅

        • You will first submit your application for a preliminary review. GBCI will check your application for completeness and compliance with the selected rating system and attempted credits.
        • GBCI will respond with its preliminary review within 20-25 business days, indicating which prerequisites and credits are anticipated to be awarded during final review, pending further information or denied.
        • Your team can accept the preliminary review results as final if you are satisfied, submit new or revised documentation, or attempt additional credits before submitting for final review.

        李寻欢的师傅Part 2: Final Review (optional)李寻欢的师傅

        • The final review stage allows you to submit supplementary information or amend the application. GBCI suggests you submit these clarifications within 25 business days after receiving the preliminary review results. GBCI will then review revised or newly submitted prerequisites and credits, and reconsider any anticipated credits or prerequisites for which information has changed since the return of the preliminary review.
        • GBCI will respond with a final LEED certification review report within 20-25 business days, marking prerequisites and attempted credits as either awarded or denied.
        • Like the preliminary review, you can either accept the review results as final, or revise your application and resubmit, this time as an appeal.

        李寻欢的师傅Part 3: Appeal Review (optional, appeal fees apply)李寻欢的师傅

        • The appeal review stage provides one additional round of review and allows you to submit supplementary information, amend the application or add new credits not previously attempted. GBCI will review the pending or newly submitted prerequisites and credits, and reconsider any anticipated credits or prerequisites for which information has changed since the return of the final review. The fee associated with appeals varies depending on the level of complexity of the credits or prerequisites involved in the appeal.
        • GBCI will respond with an appeal LEED certification review report within 20-25 business days, marking prerequisites and attempted credits as either awarded or denied.
        • Like the final review, you can either accept the appeal review results as final, or submit a further appeal. There is no cap on the number of appeals you may submit.


        You may choose to pursue split review if you are certifying under a design and construction rating system. To do this, you’ll submit part of your application at the conclusion of your project’s design phase (design credits and prerequisites), and the rest at the conclusion of construction (construction credits and prerequisites), completing two rounds of reviews. The split review is designed to help your team determine if your project is on track to achieve LEED certification at its preferred level. Please note that only credits and prerequisites identified as design credits can be submitted during the design review, and that your application must be submitted before your project is substantially completed.


        In a time crunch? Contact GBCI at least five business days (please allow longer if you are paying by check) prior to submitting an application to request an expedited review to cut your review time in half (reduced from 20-25 business days to10-12 business days per review phase). Please note that there is an additional charge for this service, and GBCI’s ability to fulfill your request depends on their current review capacity. If GBCI can accommodate your request, they will confirm availability and provide a custom review schedule for your project.


        李寻欢的师傅Deadline for submitting for review李寻欢的师傅

        For LEED BD+C and LEED ID+C rating systems, you will need to submit for your construction phase review (preliminary standard review or preliminary construction review) no later than two years after your project is substantially completed (the date on which your building receives a certificate of occupancy or similar official indication that it is fit and ready for use). LEED O+M projects are required to submit for review within 60 days of the end of their performance period. If you decide you no longer want to pursue LEED certification for your project, we understand. Please contact GBCI so that they can close your application and maintain accurate records.

        李寻欢的师傅Campus projects李寻欢的师傅

        李寻欢的师傅Campus credit approach:李寻欢的师傅?We recommend that you complete the master site review prior to submitting any associated, individual or group projects for review, since the campus credits earned through the master site review will then become available to your individual or group projects associated with it. Review processes for the master site and the individual or group projects proceed as outlined above. You have the option to select standard or split reviews for design and construction rating systems.


        If you feel that the results of a review appeal or a CIR appeal are incorrect and wish to challenge those results, you may do so by contacting GBCI.

        李寻欢的师傅Upgrading your version of LEED Online李寻欢的师傅

        We’re constantly working to improve the LEED certification experience for you, and upgrades to?LEED Online?that provide a smoother user experience are a key part of those efforts. Check below to see which upgrades are available.

        We recently launched LEED Online for Campus, created specifically for campus projects. If you’re currently registered as such a project and utilizing LEED Online version 3, please contact GBCI and they will guide you through the process of re-registering in LEED Online for Campus. Once the upgrade has been completed, GBCI will issue a refund of the registration fee associated with the project that was cancelled out in LEED Online version 3. Unfortunately, if you’ve already submitted your campus project for review, you’ll need to stick with the version of LEED Online that you registered with – your project cannot be transferred.


        You’ve made it to the finish line: accepting your certification is the final step in the LEED review process. Once your final application review is complete, your project team can either accept or appeal GBCI’s final certification report. If you’ve achieved certification: congratulations from all of us at USGBC and GBCI!

        Once you’ve accepted the final certification report, the project will be deemed “closed out” –meaning that you will no longer be able to appeal the certification level or review decisions for specific credits or prerequisites, so please double (or triple) check that you have achieved all prerequisites and targeted credits before accepting the final certification.


        Once you’ve earned certification, it’s likely that you’ll want to tell the world. You should. LEED certification benefits your business’s bottom line and underscores your sustainability efforts. It’s a cause for celebration!

        Our?public relations guide?for LEED-certified projects can help you do that. You’ll also receive a formal certificate of recognition, and can choose to order LEED plaques and certificates.?Learn more.

        (Psst… did you know that USGBC Platinum-level members receive 20 hours of dedicated public relations support from USGBC’s in-house communications team? Learn more about?Platinum membership.)


        We use your project data for the greater good: to educate and provide resources for LEED project teams and others around the world, showcase your strategies, and share the size and power of the green building movement.

        LEED-registered and certified projects are, by default, considered “public” projects, and thereby included in USGBC’s public LEED project directory. A listing in this directory allows the general public and members of the media to look up your project listing and its related details.

        Here’s a full list of the data and project elements that may be listed in the project directory:

        李寻欢的师傅Project directory information李寻欢的师傅

        • Project name
        • Project ID
        • Physical address
        • Date of registration
        • Date of certification
        • Certification level
        • Total points earned
        • Project scorecard
        • ACP (Alternative Compliance Path) selection
        • Rating system and version
        • Owner type
        • Owner name
        • Owner organization
        • Gross square footage
        • Total property area
        • Project type

        All “public” projects also benefit from publicity opportunities: we may utilize your project data to create case studies highlighting your project’s features, reference your project on our website or to the media, or create other derivative works.

        Information that may be used for articles, project profiles, other features:

        • Service providers
        • Project team members
        • Promotional or other project photographs
        • Project strategies for certification
        • Quotations from team members

        You are free to opt-out of the LEED project directory and publicity opportunities as a “private project” at the time of registration: specific instructions on how to do so are available in LEED Online. All private projects that earn certification will be prompted once more to transition to public status (we can’t help ourselves, we love sharing good news!). You will need to re-confirm your “private” status at that time, if you wish to retain it. Please note, confidential, or private LEED-certified projects are not authorized to use the LEED certification logos.


        李寻欢的师傅LEED certification provides an exceptional value for your money: So, how much will it cost to certify your project?李寻欢的师傅

        • 李寻欢的师傅Registration fee:李寻欢的师傅?There is a flat registration fee calculated on a per-project (building) basis that you’ll pay up front at the time of registration. If we haven’t received your payment within 60 days of your registration, we’ll assume you changed your mind and go ahead and cancel the registration.
        • 李寻欢的师傅Certification fee:李寻欢的师傅?The certification fee is charged on a per-project (building) basis and based on the size of the project and the rating system under which the project is registered. Certification fees are due when you submit your application for review. After all that work you did to submit your documentation, don’t forget to send your payment! Remember, GBCI will not begin your review until payment in full has been received and cleared our system (thank you!). Also, please note that certification fees are based on the fees published at the time the project is submitted for review.
        • 李寻欢的师傅Other fees:李寻欢的师傅?Other fees related to expedited reviews, appeals, and other optional aspects of the LEED certification process may apply, should you pursue these avenues.
        • 李寻欢的师傅Member discounts:李寻欢的师傅?USGBC Silver, Gold and Platinum level member organizations?benefit from discounted LEED registration and certification fees. Discounts are available based on the membership status of either the owner or the project administrator for a given LEED project. Visit the fee charts page below for more information on available discounts.

        View all fee charts.


        李寻欢的师傅USGBC offers a number of resources and tools to support you during the process of LEED certification.李寻欢的师傅


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