Asa Foss

Here's a cheat sheet on choosing the best rating system for your multifamily project.

As part of the ongoing effort to make LEED work for all project types, in the October 2016 LEED® addenda release, USGBC has modified the rating system selection guidance for multifamily residential projects to increase flexibility for users.

The updated guidance allows any new construction or major renovation multifamily project, four stories or taller, that is seeking certification under LEED v4 to use either LEED BD+C: Multifamily Midrise or LEED BD+C: New Construction.

Both rating systems are great options for multifamily projects.

  • LEED BD+C: Multifamily Midrise is tailor-made to address multifamily construction and includes the added benefit of onsite verification.
  • LEED BD+C: New Construction is less specific to residential projects, but provides additional documentation approaches that are better suited to some projects, especially those located outside the U.S.

This update only affects projects that are multifamily buildings four stories and higher. For other project types seeking certification using LEED v4:

  • Single-family and multifamily buildings three stories or fewer should still use LEED BD+C: Homes.
  • Existing multifamily buildings should still use LEED O+M: Multifamily.
  • Core and Shell projects should still use LEED BD+C: Core and Shell.

Questions? Connect with GBCI to determine the best fit for your project.