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What you need to know if you want to achieve LEED certification in 2014

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Looking for a LEED review to be completed this year, or before Greenbuild?

If so, be sure to submit for review on time! See below for application deadlines based on typical review timelines.

Deadlines to submit for review and achieve certification in 2014

The following deadlines apply to all commercial rating systems (not including LEED Volume), and assume that no appeal review is necessary. Appeal reviews typically take 20-25 business days, expedited appeal reviews are on a 10-business day timeline.  

Regardless of when a deadline occurs, all project teams hoping to achieve review milestones by a certain date should inform GBCI of their specific needs.  Reviewers will make every effort to accommodate reasonable requests, subject to capacity.

Regular review timeline

To achieve certification before Greenbuild (Oct. 22)

Application type &
review phase
Application submitted,
payment cleared
Target return date
Standard Preliminary Review Jul. 21, 9:00 am ET Aug 15 (approx.)
Standard Final Review** Sep. 22, 9:00 am ET Oct. 20 (approx.)
Construction Preliminary Review Jul. 21, 9:00 am ET Aug 15 (approx.)
Construction Final Review** Sep. 22, 9:00 am ET Oct. 20 (approx.) 

To achieve certification before the end of 2014

Application type &
review phase
Application submitted,
payment cleared
Target return date
Standard Preliminary Review Sep. 22, 9:00 am ET Oct. 20 (approx.)
Standard Final Review** Nov. 24, 9:00 am ET Dec. 23 (approx.)
Construction Preliminary Review Sep. 22, 9:00 am ET Oct. 20 (approx.)
Construction Final Review** Nov. 24, 9:00 am ET Dec. 23 (approx.)

Expedited review timeline

If you're seeking an expedited review please see table below and note the surcharge for the LEED registration and certification fees. The expedite surcharge is in addition to the regular certification fee. The availability of expedited review timelines is based on GBCI capacity. If you plan to request an expedited review, contact GBCI at least 10 business days prior to submitting your application.

To achieve certification before Greenbuild (Oct. 22)

Application type & review phase Expedited surcharge Application submitted,
payment cleared
Target return date
Expedited Standard Preliminary Review $10,000 USD Sep. 16, 9:00 am ET Sep. 29 (guaranteed)
Expedited Standard Final Review** Included in preliminary Oct. 7. 6, 9:00 am ET Oct. 20 (guaranteed)
Expedited Construction Preliminary Review $5,000 USD Sep. 16, 9:00 am ET Sep. 29 (guaranteed)
Expedited Construction Final Review** Included in preliminary Oct. 7, 9:00 am ET Oct. 20 (guaranteed)

To achieve certification before the end of 2014

Application type & review phase Expedited surcharge Application submitted,
payment cleared
Target return date
Expedited Standard Preliminary Review $10,000 USD Nov. 17, 9:00 am ET Dec. 2 (guaranteed)
Expedited Standard Final Review** Included in preliminary Dec. 10, 9:00 am ET Dec. 23 (guaranteed)
Expedited Construction Preliminary Review $5,000 USD Nov. 17, 9:00 am ET Dec. 2 (guaranteed)
Expedited Construction Final Review** Included in preliminary Dec. 10, 9:00 am ET Dec. 23 (guaranteed)

* These timelines include a 2-business day buffer for the Thanksgiving holiday (USGBC is closed). Additionally, USGBC is closed from Dec. 25, 2014, through Jan. 1, 2015.

** Regular review timelines include 25 business days after the preliminary review is returned for project teams to prepare clarifications and submit for final review. Expedited review timelines assume 5 business days for the same.

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Dean DiPietro

U.S. Green Building Council

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We are preparing for certification of LEED EB O&M for our 3.5 Lakh sft existing IT Park bldg. in Bangalore , India We would like to know, what is the validity period of the certification, once it is achieved ? Is it valid for the lifetime of the bldg. or, there is requirement of revaluation & re-certification after some period?
Tianhua Architecture Planning & Engineering
Why I should complete project certification by the end of 2014 or before Oct. 22? And what is Greenbuild? Thanks very much.
Manager, LEED Marketing and Communications , U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Shi, Greenbuild is the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. There are several events that are scheduled this year around the globe. Many times, project teams aim to earn certification by Greenbuild so they can promote their work while at the conference. Projects can have different reasons for wanting to certify by the end of the calendar year, be it funding, contracts or personal goals. No matter the reason, we’re here to help.
Director LEED Program , University of Florida
Pro Reviewer
Dean, seems there is a typo above "* These timelines include a 2-business day buffer for the Thanksgiving holiday (USGBC is closed). Additionally, USGBC is closed from Dec. 25, 2013 through Jan. 1, 2015." you probably meant you will be closed from Dec. 25, 2014 through Jan. 1 2015.
Senior Digital Marketing Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council
Hi Bahar, we've corrected the typo. Thanks!

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