Time Is Running Out To Get LEED Certified Before Greenbuild!

Every year, commercial real estate professionals from around the globe descend on the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo to promote their sustainability work, share their knowledge, and meet like-minded thinkers. This year’s Greenbuild is taking place in Boston, between November 8 and 10.

The conference is run by the U.S. Green Building Council, the body behind LEED, and many of the property managers and engineers in attendance represent LEED certified buildings and portfolios. For building teams that still want to get certified or recertified before the conference, USGBC has published a table of deadlines that are fast approaching. If you want to get certified in time, it’s time to get moving.


Here are the deadlines:

Under the standard review timeline, Green Building Council International suggests submitting your Final Review no later than October 2 for a November 3 turnaround. You might be able to stretch that until October 6 in a pinch, but there’s no guarantee in that case. Either one requires your Preliminary Review to have been in by July 31, which has now passed. However, you might still have options. The GBCI timeline includes approximately a month for you to get your Preliminary Review back and turn it around. If you feel that you can move more quickly than that, it could still be possible to use the regular review timeline.

Alternately, you could opt for the expedited review timeline. Keep in mind that there is a surcharge for moving your review through faster. Under that timeline, you would have to get your Preliminary Review in by September 26 for an October 11 turnaround. You would then have until October 19 to send in your Expedited Final Review for a decision by November 3. Again, you could possibly push that back a few days, but you’d be living on the edge.

Keep in mind that the GBCI is willing to work with you to meet your deadlines. If you want to receive certification by Greenbuild, the organization suggests that you inform them ahead of time and they will work to meet your needs. Otherwise, you risk a team that has informed them of a deadline receiving priority.

See you all at Greenbuild!

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