Dean DiPietro

Take note of these deadlines for achieving LEED certification in 2016.

Are you hoping for a LEED® review to be completed this year, before Greenbuild? If so, be sure to submit for review on time! See below for application deadlines based on typical review timelines.

The following deadlines apply to all commercial rating systems (not including LEED Volume). These timelines also 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.

Deadlines to submit for review and achieve certification in 2016

Regular Review Timeline

Milestone Application Type and Review Phase Application submitted, payment cleared Target Return Date
Certification before Greenbuild (October 5)  Standard Preliminary Review June 23, 9:00 am ET July 28 (approx.)
Standard Final Review** Aug. 25, 9:00 am ET Sept. 30 (approx.)
Construction Preliminary Review June 23, 9:00 am ET July 28 (approx.)
Construction Final Review** Aug. 25, 9:00 am ET Sept. 30 (approx.)
Certification before the end of 2016* Standard Preliminary Review Sept. 14, 9:00 am ET Oct. 19 (approx.)
Standard Final Review** Nov. 16, 9:00 am ET Dec. 23 (approx.)
Construction Preliminary Review Sept. 14, 9:00 am ET Oct. 19 (approx.)
Construction Final Review** Nov. 16, 9:00 am ET Dec. 23 (approx.)

Expedited Review Timeline

If you're seeking an expedited review, please see the 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 are requesting an expedited review, contact GBCI at least 10 business days prior to submitting your application.

Milestone Application Type and Review Phase Expedited Surcharge Application submitted, payment cleared Return Date
Certification before Greenbuild (October 5)  Expedited Standard Preliminary Review $10,000 USD Aug. 18, 9 a.m. ET Sept. 6 (guaranteed)
Expedited Standard Final Review** Included in Preliminary Sept. 14, 9 a.m. ET Sept. 30 (guaranteed)
Expedited Construction Preliminary Review $5,000 USD Aug. 18, 9 a.m. ET Sept. 6 (guaranteed)
Expedited Construction Final Review** Included in Preliminary Sept. 14, 9 a.m. ET Sept. 30 (guaranteed)
Certification before the end of 2016* Expedited Standard Preliminary Review $10,000 USD Nov. 9, 9 a.m. ET Nov. 29 (guaranteed)
Expedited Standard Final Review** Included in Preliminary Dec. 7, 9 a.m. ET Dec. 23 (guaranteed)
Expedited Construction Preliminary Review $5,000 USD Nov. 9, 9 a.m. ET Nov. 29 (guaranteed)
Expedited Construction Final Review** Included in Preliminary Dec. 7, 9 a.m. ET Dec. 23 (guaranteed)

* These timelines include a two-business-day buffer for the Thanksgiving holiday (USGBC is closed). Additionally, USGBC is closed from Dec. 25, 2016 through Jan. 2, 2017.

** Regular review timelines include 20 business days after the preliminary review is returned, for project teams to prepare clarifications and submit for final review. Expedited review timelines assume five business days for the same.

 

If your goal is to earn LEED certification for your LEED for Homes project in 2016, please see the table below for application deadlines you’ll need to meet based on typical review times. The following deadlines apply to all residential rating systems. These timelines also assume that no appeal review is necessary.

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. 

LEED for Homes Workbook Review Timeline

Milestone Application Type and Review Phase Application Submitted, Payment Cleared Target Return Date
Certification before the end of 2016* Preliminary Review** Nov. 3, 9 a.m. ET Dec. 2 (approx.)
Final Review Dec. 12, 9 a.m. ET Dec. 23 (approx.)

* USGBC is closed from Nov. 24, 2016 through Nov. 25, 2016, as well as from Dec. 25, 2016 through Jan. 1, 2017.

** This review timeline includes a five-business-day period after the preliminary review is returned for project teams to prepare clarifications and submit for final review. If more time to prepare clarifications and resubmit is anticipated, please prepare to submit the workbook earlier.