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New and Improved Way to Certify Multiple Buildings

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In 2005, USGBC developed the application guidance for multiple buildings and buildings on a campus. Since then, we’ve continued to refine and expand both the document and the supporting tools.

The newest update includes two key features.

The first is Group Certification, which allows project teams with separate buildings that are substantially similar to certify as one project that shares a single certification. This is now available in addition to the existing Campus approach, which allows buildings to take credit for shared attributes on a site and achieve separate LEED certification for each project, building space or group.

The second feature comes in the form of LEED Online for Campus. Project teams using LEED 2009 for Campus Program projects have the added support of an interface that will:

  • Support a faster workflow
  • Streamline processes and approval across several projects
  • Provide a more flexible structure that facilitates collaboration across multiple project team members
  • Feature forms designed specifically for Campus projects based on the guidance provided in the Application Guide for Multiple Buildings and On-Campus Building Projects

Together, these new features add more flexibility and save project teams time as they certify multiple buildings.

Getting started (projects using LEED 2009)


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Melissa Gallagher-Rogers

Vice President, Technical Solutions U.S. Green Building Council

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Green Building Consultant, Ebert & Baumann Consulting Engineers, Inc. doing business as Baumann Consulting


The new LEED Online for group projects is much better- more streamlined and a better overall platform.

However, I have a question- I'm trying to submit a group project and cannot see how to submit it, and have not heard back from USGBC/GBCI that I have reached out to. Please advise!

Thank you,

LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council

Hi Shiva, I'm sorry no one responded to your post here earlier. There should be a cyan/blue "Submit for Review" button in the lower right of the Credit page (aka 'scorecard'). If you cannot find it or it does not appear, please use the Feeback button (also typically in the lower right of the screen) to notify our IT team, who will be happy to help you.

LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council


Arch; Eng; M.Eng; LEED AP BD+C; O+M; CxA, Revitaliza Consultores

Congratulations for the new supporting tools!!

1.An example of a real application for the Group Certification Tool would be very helpful

2. We can upgrade a Master Site that was registerd under the Block Tool. How can we do it?

3. If I am not wrong, the Master Site registration used to cost $900 and now it is free. Is that correct?

LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council

Hi Gustavo,
1. The video mentioned in Step 2 above ( gives you a good idea of how to register for and use the Group certification functionality. We don't yet have 'real' examples to use for illustrative purposes as the tool is brand new.

2. If the Master Site has not already been submitted for review it can be migrated to the new LEED Online for Campus platform. If it has already been reviewed, it cannot be migrated at this time. Please see the 'Answers to Common Questions' ( noted in the announcement above for more information on this topic.

3. Actually, the registration fees for Master Site projects have not changed. Please refer to our fees pages for pricing for both the Master Site and Group Certification approaches:

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