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Take note of the deadlines to submit for review and achieve LEED certification in 2017.

Are you planning to complete a LEED review 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 applications for LEED certification (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 take about 10 business days.  

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 2017

Table 1. Review Timeline

Application Type and Review Phase Application submitted, payment cleared Target Return Date
Certification before Greenbuild (November 8) Standard Preliminary Review July 31 (9:00 am EST) September 1 (approx.)
Standard Final Review** October 2 (9:00 am EST) November 3 (approx.)
Construction Preliminary Review July 31 (9:00 am EST) September 1 (approx.)
Construction Final Review** October 2 (9:00 am EST) November 3 (approx.)
Certification before the end of 2017* Standard Preliminary Review September 14 (9:00 am EST) October 19 (approx)
Standard Final Review** November 16 (9:00 am EST) December 22 (approx.)
Construction Preliminary Review September 14 (9:00 am EST) October 19 (approx)
Construction Final Review** November 16 (9:00 am EST) December 22 (approx.)

Table 2. 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.

Application Type and Review Phase Application submitted, payment cleared Target Return Date
Certification before Greenbuild (November 8) Expedited Standard Preliminary Review September 26 (approx.) October 11 (approx.)
Expedited Standard Final Review** October 19 (9:00 am EST) November 3 (approx.)
Expedited Construction Preliminary Review September 26 (approx.) October 11 (approx.)
Expedited Construction Final Review** October 19 (9:00 am EST) November 3 (approx.)
Certification before the end of 2017* Expedited Standard Preliminary Review November 10 (9:00 am EST) November 29 (approx.)
Expedited Standard Final Review** December 7 (9:00 am EST) December 22 (approx.)
Expedited Construction Preliminary Review November 10 (9:00 am EST) November 29 (approx.)
Expedited Construction Final Review** December 7 (9:00 am EST) December 22 (approx.)

* These timelines include a two-business-day buffer for the Thanksgiving holiday (USGBC is closed). Additionally, USGBC is closed from Dec. 25, 2017 through Jan. 1, 2018.

** 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 5 business days for the same.

*** LEED for Homes timelines do not take into account any optional pre-reviews. If you intend to submit a model or credit for pre-review, please allow sufficient time for two rounds of review to be completed in advance of workbook submission deadlines.

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