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Recertification Guidance for Existing Buildings

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It’s here!

The LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance Recertification Guidance is now available. This new document is the first of several steps USGBC is taking to establish a clear LEED recertification program for projects that have achieved certification under any version of the LEED for Existing Buildings rating systems.

Looking at the document, you’ll find that we define the recertification performance period, specify the documentation projects need to provide and the documentation projects don't need to send this time around. There are also sample forms available in LEED Online that projects should use as supplements to the guidance as they go through the new document.

Based on feedback we receive from you over the next couple of months, we’ll make further edits to improve your recertification experience.

Continue to stay tuned as we roll out additional resources, including LEED Online functionality in spring of 2013. And take some time to consider if you would like to work collaboratively with USGBC to recertify your project – we may reach out to you and your projects!

Note: This version of the guidance supersedes any previous guidance published by USGBC or GBCI. If you are currently pursuing recertification and using another set of guidance, please contact our customer service and they will put you in touch with someone to discuss your path forward.

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Sustainability Coordinator, McGough Companies
We have a 2009 EBOM project in for recertification right now. The original certification happened in 2009/2010. I am hearing that our team should have applied/submitted a form of sorts by last August (2014) that would extend our eligibility for the 2009 version. I am also hearing that if this application/form was not submitted by August of '14 that our 2019 recertification will need to be in v4? Or even reapply? Is any of this true? Thanks, Jen
LEED AP O+M Project Manager, Sustainable Options, LLC
What is the protocol for obtaining new forms for our current recertification project? We are now into the 2nd year of a 5-year recertification program but the forms we have on LEED Online are the same as for an initial EBOM certification.
Program Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Nancy, You can currently view sample recertification forms by logging into LEED Online v3 and clicking on the sample forms link at the top of the page. The recertification forms are not currently live in LEED Online. At this time, while you are completing your recertification application, you can either use the initial certification forms, or you can complete the recertification sample forms offline and upload them to the live forms for your project.
Principal, Sustology
Megan, Where are the recertification sample forms in LEED Online? Can you provide a link or screen shot? All I'm seeing are the same forms as the initial certification for LEED O+M.
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Melissa - Someone from our team responded to you directly via email, but I am posting the response here for other people's reference. At this time, best solution is to use the recertification forms for your project. The recertification forms are available in sample forms only, and are not live in LEED Online yet. You have a couple of options: you can use the recertification sample forms, complete them offline, and upload them to the live form in LEED Online using the special circumstances option. Alternatively, you can just use the live forms in LEED Online. You can find the recertification forms here: http://www.usgbc.org/sampleforms/v3. When filtering please select "Rating System", "is", and "Existing Buildings - Recertification" and then click "Apply".
LEED GA, Polaris Realty

Hello,
How much to recertify?
THank you
Kim

Program Manager, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Kim, Registration for recertification is free- contact us to receive a promo code for the free registration. The certification fees are the same as for an initial certification- please refer to our fees page: http://www.usgbc.org/cert-guide/fees

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