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LEED v4 is more than just credits and requirements. With this update, USGBC has taken a deeper look at the tools and resources that support the program. We've reached out to the marketplace for feedback on what’s working and what’s not the so we could make improvements that help these tools operate as designed. The information we’ve gathered through conversations with LEED practitioners, the LEED v4 Beta program and even in public comment periods has helped us identify ways to save project teams time. In this series, we’ll introduce you to some of the changes we’ve made.  Take a look and let us know what you think. 

LEED Online Forms

For most people, paperwork is something we have to do but never really enjoy.  With this in mind, we’ve focused a lot of our efforts on simplifying and streamlining the work for project teams.  After all, you want to spend your time achieving credits, not documenting them. 

We're starting with LEED v4, but these changes are also on the horizon for LEED 2009.

Below are the LEED 2009 and LEED v4 versions of one of our more complex forms, Water Use Reduction.  Looking at the new forms, you’ll notice three key differences:

  1. We’ve combined the forms for the prerequisite and the credit. We’ve made this change wherever possible to reduce the amount of overlap and duplicative work.  
  2. Spreadsheets and calculators have been relocated. Instead of including these in the submittal forms, we’ve moved them to the credit library under the resources tab.  This means that less information has to be calculated in a LEED Online Form — making our forms faster to complete, easier to maintain and more accessible even to those that are not listed as project team members in LEED Online.  Separating the calculators from the rest of the forms also allows us to make them more transparent so those filling them out have a better understanding of the equations behind the calculations.  This is not just being done for LEED v4, but also for LEED 2009.
  3. Less new documentation is needed.  During this process, we found that there are many instances where industry standard documentation gives us all the information we need to confirm credit compliance.  So, we’ve modified the submittal documents to reflect that.  For projects, this means that you don’t always have to fill out a new form specific to LEED; you can just upload what you already have.  The result is that USGBC get more accurate information and project teams save time.  In this case the form has an option for prescriptive achievement where we ask for confirmation that all fixtures and fittings are WaterSense labeled via cutsheets, instead of completing FTE usage calculations.

Download LEED 2009 Sample Form » (Right-click and save as)
Download LEED v4 Sample Form » (Right-click and save as)

This is just a sampling of what’s to come.  Next week, we’ll preview another update to the LEED tools.  Have questions?  Learn more about LEED v4 or email us.

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From where do i get LEED v4 material to prepare for exam???
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
In order to start preparing for your LEED v4 exam you need to decide which exam you would like to take. You can take the LEED Green Associate by itself first and then at a later date elect to take a LEED AP Specialty exam. Or you could decide to study for both exams at once and take the combined exam. The benefit of the combined exam being a reduced cost and only one exam sitting. If you elected to take the LEED Green Associate exam first please see this link: The comments section at the bottom goes over best resources but really you should study all the resources listed in the LEED Green Associate Candidate Handbook for the best chance at passing the exam. this link will direct you to preparation on the other specialty exams. I hope this helps.
Sustainability Maven, Sustainable Investment Group, LLC
this is dated 2013 - are these the most current versions of the forms? I tried to look them up on the new LEEDonline and they don't seem to be there.
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Alyson, you're looking for sample forms? They are now in the Credit Library rather than LEED Online. Most if not all v4 forms are in the original version.
Templates for LEED v4?
Director of LEED Support, U.S. Green Building Council
Back in the day - during v2 and the original LEED Online - we used "LEED Submittal Templates" to refer to the paper or online forms required during the LEED application submission. Today - in v4 and the new LEED Online - these are referred to as just forms or LEED Forms.
Greenarc Sustainable Bldg & Architecture
Other than LEED ND, what rating schemes have a sunset clause and how long is this period before all projects have to register under LEED v4?
Engineer, GS E&C

Thanks! take care

LEED Project Coordinator

Thank you veru much for sharing this with us.

Good morning,
Please indicate how I may receive a copy of LEED V4 that was previously out for public review. Thanks

Director, Marketing, USGBC

Hi Donald,
These are available in the credit library ( and on (scroll down to the resources section for links to the pdf version).

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