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Sunset date extension for LEED EB 2.0 projects

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Article updated on June 6, 2014

The certification deadline for projects registered under the LEED for Existing Buildings v2.0 rating system, originally scheduled for May 31, 2014, has been extended to August 31st, 2014.

Next steps:

You have two options for your LEED EB 2.0 project – either action must be complete by August 31, 2014.

  1. Submit for certification under your current rating system and version, or
  2. Upgrade at to a newer version of the LEED rating system. EBv2.0 projects may be upgraded to either:
    • LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance v2009 - 50% discount on current registration fees. To upgrade your project to EBOM v2009, follow these instructions.
    • LEED for Building Operations and Maintenance v4 for a fee of $100. To upgrade to O&M v4, please contact us.

EB v2.0 projects that do not submit for certification or upgrade to a newer version of the LEED rating system by the deadline will be retired and will be ineligible to certify under their current registration. These projects will be removed from the Projects directory on usgbc.org and will be removed from LEED Online. Credit forms and file uploads will no longer be accessible for retired projects. 

Other notes:

  • After August 31, 2014, EB v2.0 projects can no longer be upgraded and must instead be registered anew, subject to all applicable fees.
  • The sunset of LEED for Existing Buildings v2.0 only applies to projects registered under LEED-EB v2.0.
  • EB v2.0 projects may only be accessed through LEED Online v2. Projects registered under all other versions of the LEED rating system (including LEED-EBOM v2008 and LEED EBOM v2009) are not affected. 
  • For New Construction projects that have gone through design phase review, projects have either a) 18 months after the delivery of the Final Design Review or b) until the rating system sunset date (whichever occurs later) to submit their Construction preliminary review.

Why do rating systems sunset?

As a market transformation tool, the LEED rating system promotes best practices, innovation and continuous improvement. To that end, the U.S. Green Building Council releases regular updates to the LEED program to challenge projects to meet increasingly higher levels of achievement. The evolution of LEED enables the industry to recognize current leadership in green building design, construction and operations. 



Learn more about registration close dates and sunset dates for LEED

 

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Selina Holmes

Manager, LEED Marketing and Communications U.S. Green Building Council

3 commentsLeave a comment

Holmes King Kallquist & Associates, Arch
The sunset deadline is unacceptable. I have a client that is working very hard to secure the funding for their project and we have no way of knowing when construction will begin which leaves certification in limbo. We have received comments from our design review but the project is in a holding pattern and I think this is simply unacceptable that we would need to transfer to a higher LEED certification program for new construction based on the parameters indicated in close out dates. The building typology that I work with, specifically libraries can take over ten years to secure funding. It seems capricious that I will need to tell my client that they will need to spend even more dollars that they don't have to meet the next version of LEED certification which has higher levels of achievement. I might have to recommend to my client not to pursue anything more with LEED because to suggest that they spend even more money for LEED when they are struggling to secure funds to just build the building is ludicrous.
Manager, LEED Marketing and Communications , U.S. Green Building Council
Correction: Hi Julia, for New Construction projects that have gone through design phase review, projects have either a) 18 months after the delivery of the Final Design Review or b) until the rating system sunset date (whichever occurs later) to submit their Construction preliminary review.
Manager, LEED Marketing and Communications , U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Julia. Thank you for your comment. A member of the USGBC team will be in touch with you soon to discuss your project and options. It sounds like you might have a new construction project and if so, this date for EB does not apply to you. Also, if you’ve already gone through your design phase review, you're all set. The sunset date represents the date after which we not accept new certification applications for that rating system. Since you’ve already gone through your design phase reviews, you’ll be able to submit for the construction phase reviews even after the sunset date for your project’s rating system.

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