LEED certification involves five primary steps
- 1 Choose which rating system to use. Keep in mind, some projects clearly fit the defined scope of one LEED rating system; others may be eligible for two or more.
- 2 Register. The LEED process begins with registration. Once registration forms are submitted and payment is complete, your project will be accessible in LEED Online.
- 3 Submit your certification application and pay a certification review fee. Fees differ with project type and size.
- 4 Review. Await the application review. Review processes differ slightly for each project type.
- 5 Certify. Receive the certification decision, which you can either accept or appeal. An affirmative decision signifies that your building is now LEED certified.
LEED for Homes and LEED for Neighborhood Development follow a different process than the standard five steps. Learn more about the certification process for LEED for Homes and LEED for Neighborhood Development.
How many points does it take?
The number of points a project earns determines the level of LEED Certification the project will receive. Learn more
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LEED certification costs
LEED certification fees vary by project size; the average cost is $2,000.