Selina Holmes

Five things to know about the upcoming LEED 2009 sunset.

Oct. 31, 2016 is the last day to register LEED® projects under any of the LEED 2009 rating systems. After that date, we will officially transition to LEED v4 as the only version of the rating system available for new LEED projects.

What you need to know

1) The deadline

If you would like to pursue LEED using any of the rating systems below, you must register by October 31, 2016. After that date, registration for the older versions will be closed, and any new LEED projects must use LEED v4.

  • LEED for New Construction (and Italia New Construction) v2009
  • LEED for Core and Shell v2009
  • LEED for Schools v2009
  • LEED for Retail: New Construction v2009
  • LEED for Retail: Commercial Interiors v2009
  • LEED for Healthcare v2009
  • LEED for Commercial Interiors v2009
  • LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance v2009
  • LEED for Neighborhood Development v2009
  • LEED for Homes v2008
  • LEED for Homes Midrise Pilot
  • LEED India 2011 (New Construction and Core and Shell)

The next major deadline for LEED 2009 projects is the rating system sunset date in 2021. GBCI® will continue to accept initial applications (for Design or Standard preliminary review) for certification until the LEED 2009 sunset date of June 30, 2021.  

View all the LEED registration and certification close dates

2) Next steps

For projects that have not yet registered but want to use a LEED 2009 rating system, visit LEED Online before the October 31 deadline to register your project. To complete your registration, you’ll need your project details, payment and any forms to show you are authorized to act on the project owner’s behalf, if you are not the project owner.

For projects that are already registered, there is nothing additional that you need to do right now, but please note that there are additional deadlines regarding certification. 

3) You can upgrade

LEED v4 was launched in November of 2013, providing new strategies for energy, water, materials, waste, performance, human health and other key areas within the built environment. 

Over 1,000 projects around the world are using the updated version of the rating system. Connect with GBCI to upgrade your LEED 2009 project to LEED v4. The process is simple and there is no cost.

4) Sunset vs. registration close

Continuous improvement is a critical component built into LEED’s DNA, allowing the system 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 to which we aspire. 

At any given point, LEED rating systems are

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

The Oct. 31, 2016 deadline is for the registration close of the LEED 2009 rating systems. The sunset is set for June 31, 2021.

5) Miss the deadline

Missing the deadline does not mean that your project cannot pursue LEED. LEED registration for LEED v4 is open now, and will remain open until the next evolution of the rating system.

More questions? Don't hesitate to ask! The expert staff who make up our technical solutions and support team are here to help on everything from choosing the right rating system for your project to helping you ensure that your strategies and documentation meet credit requirements. Contact us via the web or email at any time for more information or to discuss options for your project. Your success is our top priority.