What you need to know to achieve LEED certification in 2015

 by Dean DiPietro

Is your goal to earn LEED certification for your project in 2015? Before Greenbuild? We understand that many project teams have timelines set around major events. To support this, we’ve created the tables below (based on typical review timelines), which specify the deadlines you’ll need to meet in order to have your project certified by either Greenbuild 2015 or the end of this year.

The following deadlines apply to all commercial rating systems (not including projects engaged in LEED volume certification). These timelines also assume that no appeal review is necessary. Appeal reviews typically take 20-25 business days, expedited appeal reviews are on a 10-business day timeline.

Regardless of when a deadline occurs, all project teams hoping to achieve review milestones by a certain date should inform GBCI of their specific needs. Reviewers will make every effort to accommodate reasonable requests, subject to capacity’.

Regular Review Timeline

Milestone Application Type & Review Phase Application submitted, payment cleared Target Return Date
Certification before Greenbuild (Nov. 18) Standard Preliminary Review Aug. 13, 9:00 am ET Sept. 11 (approx.)
Standard Final Review** Oct. 16, 9:00 am ET Nov. 13 (approx.)
Construction Preliminary Review Aug. 13, 9:00 am ET Sep. 11 (approx.)
Construction Final Review** Oct. 16, 9:00 am ET Nov. 13 (approx.)
Certification before the end of 2015* Standard Preliminary Review Sept. 21, 9:00 am ET Oct. 19 (approx.)
Standard Final Review** Nov. 23, 9:00 am ET Dec. 23 (approx.)
Construction Preliminary Review Sept. 21, 9:00 am ET Oct. 19 (approx.)
Construction Final Review** Nov. 23, 9:00 am ET Dec. 23 (approx.)

 

Table 2. Expedited Review Timeline

If you’re seeking an Expedited Review please see table below and note the surcharge for the LEED Registration and Certification Fees. The expedite surcharge is in addition to the regular certification fee. The availability of expedited review timelines is based on GBCI capacity. If you plan to request an expedited review, contact GBCI at least 10 business days prior to submitting your application.

Milestone Application Type & Review Phase Expedited Surcharge Application submitted, payment cleared Return Date
Certification before Greenbuild (Nov. 18) Expedited Standard Preliminary Review $10,000 USD Oct. 9, 9:00 am ET Oct. 23 (guaranteed)
Expedited Standard Final Review** Included in preliminary Oct. 30. 9:00 am ET Nov. 13 (guaranteed)
Expedited Construction Preliminary Review $5,000 USD Oct. 9, 9:00 am ET Oct. 23 (guaranteed
Expedited Construction Final Review** Included in preliminary Oct. 30. 9:00 am ET Nov. 13 (guaranteed)
Certification before the end of 2015* Expedited Standard Preliminary Review $10,000 USD Nov. 16, 9:00 am ET Dec. 2 (guaranteed)
Expedited Standard Final Review** Included in preliminary Dec. 9, 9:00 am ET Dec. 23 (guaranteed)
Expedited Construction Preliminary Review $5,000 USD Nov. 16, 9:00 am ET Dec. 2 (guaranteed)
Expedited Construction Final Review** Included in preliminary Dec. 9, 9:00 am ET Dec. 23 (guaranteed)

* These timelines include a 2-business day buffer for the Thanksgiving holiday (USGBC is closed). Additionally, USGBC is closed from Dec. 25, 2015, through Jan. 1, 2016.

** Regular review timelines include 25 business days after the preliminary review is returned for project teams to prepare clarifications and submit for final review. Expedited review timelines assume 5 business days for the same.

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