Monday, August 11, 2014

LEED Certification 2014 - Important Terms and Deadlines

What is LEED(R)?
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized green building certification system. Created by the United States Green Building Council, LEED provides a point system for green buildings and their construction, awarding points for 5 main areas: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy and Atmosphere, Materials and Resources, and Indoor Environmental Quality. Buildings can then be awarded levels of certification--Silver, Gold, or Platinum. The more points a building gets, the higher their level of certification. Learn more at GreenEDU's LEED FAQ page.

What is LEED v4?
LEED v4 is the newest version of LEED building expectations. It takes the next step forward in designing healthier, more sustainable buildings. LEED v4 encompasses all aspects of the building process into a more cohesive endeavor. It covers everything from the design process to the materials used. Interested in learning more about the latest version of LEED? Attend our free Intro to LEED webinar!

What is Greenbuild?
"Greenbuild is the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building." At Greenbuild, industry leaders, experts, and other professionals with the passions of green building come together to share their expertise and the methods they use in their everyday work to successfully further sustainability. Participants have the opportunity to learn from these experts and take the knowledge they have gained and apply it to their own work. Last year the conference took Philadelphia by storm, and this year the conference will be held in New Orleans beginning October 22, 2014.

Upcoming LEED Certification Deadlines:

Want to have your project certified in time to share your experience at Greenbuild 2014? Keep these certification deadlines in mind:


For expedited review*, keep these deadlines and surcharges in mind:



In order to achieve LEED Certification by the end of 2014, keep these deadlines in mind:


For expedited review*, keep these deadlines and surcharges in mind:


* If you plan on submitting an application for expedited review, contact GCBI 10 days prior to submitting the application.


For more information regarding LEED Certification deadlines, fees, and surcharges, visit usgbc.org.

If you are planning on taking the LEED Exam, make sure you are fully prepared by registering for a LEED Exam Prep course!