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LEED registration close and sunset dates

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Updated November 18, 2014

Continuous improvement—it’s in our DNA and what drives LEED to evolve along with technology and the needs of the marketplace.

As new versions of the rating systems are introduced, earlier versions are phased out so that we are constantly pushing for the transformation we aspire to.

At any given point, LEED rating systems are either:

  • Open for registration and certification, or
  • Closed for registration, but open for certification, or
  • Closed for registration and certification (sunset)

How long do you have to register or certify?

Good question, the registration close and sunset date guidance for all rating systems are published in the Guide to LEED Certification (for LEED v4 projects) and the LEED Certification Policy Manual (for all other versions). To make things a little easier, we also have them listed below.

Rating system Registration Close Certification Sunset
New Construction (v2.2) 6/27/09 6/27/15
Core and Shell 6/27/09 6/27/15
Commercial Interiors 6/27/09 6/27/15
Existing Buildings 5/31/08 8/31/14
Schools 6/27/09 6/27/15
Homes 10/31/16 6/30/21
Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance 6/27/09 6/27/15
New Construction (and Italia NC) 10/31/16 6/30/21
Core and Shell 10/31/16 6/30/21
Schools 10/31/16 6/30/21
Retail: New Construction 10/31/16 6/30/21
Retail: Commercial Interiors 10/31/16 6/30/21
Healthcare 10/31/16 6/30/21
Commercial Interiors 10/31/16 6/30/21
Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance 10/31/16 6/30/21
Neighborhood Development 10/31/16 6/30/21
Homes Midrise 10/31/16 6/30/21

Can these dates change?

Sometimes they do, and 99.999% of the time, the changes are in favor of project teams.

  • The sunset date for projects registered under LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance v2.0 has been extended so projects now have until August 31, 2014, to either upgrade to a newer version or submit for certification. That’s an extra 90 days.
  • The registration close date for all LEED 2009 rating systems has been extended to October 31, 2016. Please note, while the registration date has been extended, the last day projects can submit for certification, also called the sunset date, remains the same: June 30, 2021. The decision to keep the sunset date in 2021 was voted and approved by the LEED Steering Committee.

If the sunset date for your chosen rating system is on the horizon, don’t panic — you have options. If your project is ready, submit for certification. You can also upgrade to a newer version that’s open for registration.

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We have a version 2.1 project that completed its Design Credit review in June 1, 2012 and are finishing the last of the construction over the next few months. Are we still able to submit the Construction Credits for review for certification--hopefully Gold--and what is the deadline.
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Thank you for contacting LEED Support regarding the status of your v2.1 project. The sunset date for NC v2.1 was Dec 15, 2011 and the design review was completed in June 2012 so it's no longer possible to complete the project. According to the Certification Policy Manual "In addition, applications for Preliminary Construction Review must be submitted no later than eighteen (18) months after the delivery of the Final Design Review, or no later than the rating system Sunset Date, whichever occurs later. "
Founder of CO2nnsulting, CO2nnsulting
The stated sunset period for LEED CI version 2.0 is June 27, 2015. Is that for: (a) full certification, (b) submission of design review (c) submission of construction review?
Director, Certification Operations, U.S. Green Building Council
June 27th is the deadline to submit for the first review phase, regardless of which pathway you're following. So for Standard (combined) reviews, the 27th is the deadline to apply for Standard preliminary review. For split D&C reviews, the 27th is the deadline to apply for Design preliminary review. Deadlines for subsequent phases are unique to each project, based on when the preceding phase was finished (typically 25 business days). Check the rating system appendix of the Certification Policy Manual for details on v2 projects.
Principal, Zinner Consultants
The LEED-NC 2.2 sunset date guidance leaves open a couple of issues: Is the "real" deadline that we need to submit for Design Review by June 27, 2015, or does the Design Review need to be completed before then? Similarly, what is the latest date we can submit for a Combined Review?
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi John. It is the same for both review types, in that applications for Preliminary Design (Split) Review must be submitted on or before the rating system sunset date, and likewise, applications for Preliminary Standard (Combined) Review must be submitted on or before the rating system sunset date.
Sustainability Manager, Dar Al-Handasah
We have a project that is registered under LEED v2.2, and it might be too late for it to upgrade to v.3. I just want to confirm that if we submit the Design review before June 27, 2015, we will have another 18 months or until December 27, 2016 to submit the Construction review submission, right?
LEED Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
It depends upon when you receive the final review comments from the Design review. You have to submit for the preliminary Construction review EITHER before the Sunset date, OR within 18 months of receiving the results of your Design review, whichever occurs later. Therefore, the closer to the Sunset date that you submit your Design review, the more time you have to submit for your Construction review.
Senior Sustainability Consultant, LEED AP BD+C, O+M, Steven Winter Associates, Inc
Hello, my LEED CI v-2.0 project will be ready for design submission in a couple months. However construction will be complete in three years i.e. by summer 2017. Do we need to switch to CI v-3 or can we achieve a waiver? This is a DDC project which generally takes long time to complete. Thanks
Similar to Mary Pat's question on v2.2 NC, would the same time line hold true for a v2 CI project? We anticipate sumbitting design credits in Sept 2104 but construction will not be complete until the summer of 2015.
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