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The residential project's guide to the new LEED Online

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If your project is using LEED for Homes (2008), Midrise Pilot (2010), Homes (v4), or Multifamily Midrise (v4), here's how to use the new LEED Online to register and certify your projects.

  1. First, log in.
  2. Then select Homes in the menu on the right-hand side of the screen.
  3. As you add projects (or if you have existing homes projects), you will see them display in the main content area of this page.

You can search by project ID or project name (if it's an individual project), or search by bulk registration ID or bulk registration name (if the project is registered in bulk).

You will also be able to:

- Register new projects
- Edit details on existing projects
- Pay certification fees for existing projects
- Download the v4 workbook

At any time during the certification process, you can get further assistance by:

- Clicking on grey question marks throughout the process for help text
- Reading FAQs on right-hand side of the page
- Referencing the Guide to LEED Certification for details on the certification process and fees
- Contact us with your question or a specific description of the issue.

How to register a project

Make sure you have selected Homes on the right-hand menu options. Select the green button underneath labeled create new homes project.

On the next screen, there will be a dropdown menu to choose between an individual project or bulk registration.

Individual registration

Individual project registration is pretty straightforward. The only thing to note is that projects registered individually cannot be grouped together later for certification batch submittal.

Bulk registration

IMPORTANT: If you intend to certify in one or more batches, you must register them in bulk. Make sure you read all help text (including any located in grey question mark areas) to understand bulk registration vs. individual registration.

Four fields are common across the bulk registration group. Fill in the details and click continue when you’re done.

Bulk registration template

You'll need to download and complete an Excel file to register projects in bulk. Directions are listed at the top of workbook. Please don't use symbols. Once the downloadable Excel file is completed, save it to your computer and upload it back to the LEED Online registration form and select Continue. LEED Online will then validate the cells.

The next screen will show the results of your cell validation. If a column is pink, that means the validation failed for your Excel document. If you hover over the pink it will give you error details. Here’s an example of columns that were invalid, along with an example of the error message. In this case, symbols were used in the project name, the required field city was left blank, and a midrise building is mixed with single family (two different rating systems). Each bulk registration group can only be for one rating system.

If you get pink columns, fix your spreadsheet and upload again. If you get stuck on this step and don’t know how to fix it, contact us for assistance.

When all of the cells can be validated (i.e. no pink columns), the proceed button will become available.

Next, you will see the bulk registration group page. For v4 projects, you will see the downloadable v4 workbook and an explanation. You'll need to pay for projects here before registration is complete. Select view and pay for projects within this registration to continue.

Projects will be created from the uploaded Excel file. It may take a minute or two for a small group of projects, but if you're registering dozens or hundreds, please allow several minutes.

At this point, you can add projects or pay your registration fees.

Special guidance for duplexes and triplexes

When registering a combination of duplexes and triplexes, first confirm whether the projects should be registered as single-family homes or multifamily low-rise buildings. The definitions for single-family attached and multi-family low-rise are as follows:

Single family attached refers to townhome-style, single family homes. Units are separated from adjoining units by vertical dividing walls.

Multifamily low-rise refers to multifamily housing, like apartments or condominiums, consisting of units that are separated by horizontal dividing walls so the units are stacked up to 3 conditioned stories above grade.

For example, a duplex where the units are attached side-by-side with vertical dividing walls should be registered as two single family homes with 1 unit each (2 rows on the bulk registration template) as follows:

A duplex where the units are stacked, and separated by horizontal dividing walls should be registered as one multifamily low-rise building with 2 units (1 row on the bulk registration template) as follows:

How to edit details on existing registrations

You may need to edit project details after a project is registered, and before paying certification fees.

For an individual project

  1. Search your Homes projects by project name or ID, or just look through your list. Note that if the project is part of a bulk registration group, then you will need to search by the bulk name or bulk ID and go to the section below. If you do not see your projects, contact us with address details.
  2. Select the project, click on the details tab, then click on the edit (pencil icon). A good way to see all required fields is to click on the edit (pencil icon), then click update.

If your project is multifamily, conditioned square feet and number of units must be accurate. Certification fees will be calculated on these values and if they are not the final values submitted, there may be a delay in scheduling the review call.

For projects registered in bulk

  1. Search your Homes projects by bulk registration name or bulk registration ID, or just look through your list. Note that individual projects are not searchable if they are within a bulk registration group. If you do not see your projects, contact us with address details.
  2. Click on the bulk registration group, click on projects tab, click on the projects you need to edit, then click on edit (pencil icon) to edit all details. A good way to see all required fields is to click on the edit (pencil icon), then click update.

If your project is multifamily, conditioned square feet and number of units must be accurate. Certification fees will be calculated on these values and if they are not the final values submitted, there may be a delay in scheduling the review call.

How to pay certification fees

For an individual project

  1. Log in to LEED Online.
  2. Go to Homes section on right top of page.
  3. Search your projects by ID number or name. If you don't see your projects, contact us with address details. Click on details tab.
  4. Verify the project information and edit the information if necessary. You will need to enter all required fields in order to proceed. A good way to see all required fields is to click on the edit (pencil icon), then click update. That will show you required fields.
  5. Click on the pay certification details along the top of the details page.

On the payment screen you can choose to pay immediately by credit card online, or request to pay by check, which will generate an invoice to your email. The invoice will contain instructions on where to send your check.

Note that the member pricing will be determined based on whether the person paying is connected to a USGBC member company at Silver level or above. If you are an employee of a USGBC member company, you can connect your personal account to the membership account through USGBC.org. If your organization is not a member, or is a member at the Organizational level, you can join, or upgrade your membership.

For batches

  1. Log in to LEED Online.
  2. Go to Homes section on right top of page.
  3. Search your projects by bulk registration ID number or bulk registration name, or just look through your list. Select your bulk registration group. If you don't see your projects, contact us with address details.
  4. Once on the details page, click on the green button.
  5. You may see prompts to edit project details. None of those edits should be required in order to move forward with payment, except for unit number and conditioned square feet for multifamily buildings. If you want to edit all project details, you can go in to each project and click on the details. A good way to see all required fields is to click on the edit (pencil icon), then click update. That will show you required fields.
  6. Proceed to payment by clicking on pay certification fees now.
  7. Select the projects that are in your batch and move forward to the payment screen.

On the payment screen you can choose to pay immediately by credit card online, or request to pay by check, which will generate an invoice to your email. The invoice will contain instructions on where to send your check. If you're paying for multiple batches within the same bulk registered group, return to step 3.

Note that the member pricing will be determined based on whether the person paying is connected to a USGBC member company at Silver level or above. If you are an employee of a USGBC member company, you can connect your personal account to the membership account through USGBC.org. If your organization is not a member, or is a member at the Organizational level, you can join, or upgrade your membership.

As always, contact us if you need assistance.

Frequently asked questions

Why can’t I see my projects?

Someone else has the projects in their account. Can the projects go in my account?

I need to pay for a batch, but my projects are listed individually. How do I get them into a bulk registration group?

What functionality will the new LEED Online have in the future for LEED for Homes?

When should I pay certification fees?

More questions about LEED Online and residential projects »

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