LEED registration and certification fees

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LEED AP BD+C, Executive Editor – LEEDuser BuildingGreen, Inc. Nov 25 2009 LEEDuser Moderator Post a Comment

I just saw the anouncement that the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCiThe Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) manages Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building certification and professional accreditation processes. It was established in 2008 with support from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).) has scheduled an increase in its LEED registration and certification fees for January 10, 2010. Some fees (like the one for registration) will double! Here is a BuildingGreen.com blog I just wrote about it, and here is the GBCI announcement with the full fee schedule.

What do you think about this? Will this change your project's calculus on the value of LEED certification, in the current economy? Seems to me that GBCI has been instituting a more rigorous certification process, and that's got to cost something, but it seems like the timing here is unfortunate.

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Kristina Bach Sustainability Specialist HGA Architects and Engineers
Nov 10 2016
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GBCI Increases LEED Fees! - 12/1/2016

FYI - GBCIThe Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) manages Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building certification and professional accreditation processes. It was established in 2008 with support from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). has announced a new pricing structure for LEED projects effective December 1, 2016. All projects registered on/after this date are held to the new pricing model. All projects registered before this date have the option to pre-pay their fees at the old rate, however, the fees must be paid in-full by March 1, 2017. I would assume that you would need to reach out to GBCI directly for a special pre-invoice and that the LEED Online system would not have the pre-pay capacity built-in.

http://www.usgbc.org/articles/leed-pricing-update-effective-december-1?m...

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Sara Curlee Project Architect, BWBR Dec 02 2016 LEEDuser Member 1067 Thumbs Up

Does anybody have a copy of what the rates were prior to the change? Now that we are into December, I can't find them. I'd like to compare potental savings, and didn't have the old rates memorized.

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Kristina Bach Sustainability Specialist, HGA Architects and Engineers Dec 08 2016 LEEDuser Member 2649 Thumbs Up

I reached out to USGBC with that same question. You can find the previous fees still in the 2012-version of the LEED Certification Policy (http://www.usgbc.org/resources/leed-certification-policy-manual). They recommended saving a copy of that resource now as that document will probably be taken down when next revised by their Legal team.

There is one revision to that document that they also noted in their email response:

For projects submitted or prepaid prior to March 1, LEED EBOMEBOM is an acronym for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance, one of the LEED 2009 rating systems. Recertification fees are as follows:
- Less than 50,000 sq ft -- $2,000 ($1,500 for Silver or higher members)
- 50,000-500,000 sq ft -- $0.04/gsf ($0.03/gsf for Silver or higher members)
- More than 500,000 sq ft -- $20,000 ($15,000 for Silver or higher members)

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Sara Curlee Project Architect, BWBR Dec 08 2016 LEEDuser Member 1067 Thumbs Up

Thanks Kristina! Perfect.

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GHT Green Team Sustainable Programs Studio, GHT Limited Jan 19 2017 Guest 43 Thumbs Up

Hey Kristina and Sara,

For projects recertifying at the new rates, has the "certification rate cut in half" fee been done away with? Do all projects, regardless of whether they're an initial certification or a recertification, have to pay the same rates?

Thanks!

Jake

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Scott Vitko
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How are fees determined?

The fees based on sq ft of the building - are they dertemined by gross sq ft or functional sq ft? Is any enclosed structure Elements carrying either vertical or horizontal loads (e.g., walls, roofs, and floors) that are considered structurally sound and nonhazardous.(i.e parking garages, storage sheds, etc.) considered part of the total sq ft when calcualting the fee? I cannot find anything on USGBC or GBCIThe Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) manages Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building certification and professional accreditation processes. It was established in 2008 with support from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). websites that give direction on this.

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Ben Stanley Sustainability Manager, YRG sustainability Jan 29 2010 LEEDuser Expert 6253 Thumbs Up

Scott,

It's determined by "Gross Square FootageSum of the floor areas of the spaces within the building including basements, mezzanine and intermediate-floored tiers, and penthouses with headroom height of 7.5 ft or greater. It is measured from the exterior faces of exterior walls or from the centerline of walls separating buildings, but excluding covered walkways, open roofed-over areas, porches and similar spaces, pipe trenches, exterior terraces or steps, chimneys, roof overhangs, and similar features. / Gross Floor AreaGross floor area (based on ASHRAE definition) is the sum of the floor areas of the spaces within the building, including basements, mezzanine and intermediate‐floored tiers, and penthouses wi th headroom height of 7.5 ft (2.2 meters) or greater. Measurements m ust be taken from the exterior 39 faces of exterior walls OR from the centerline of walls separating buildings, OR (for LEED CI certifying spaces) from the centerline of walls separating spaces. Excludes non‐en closed (or non‐enclosable) roofed‐over areas such as exterior covered walkways, porches, terraces or steps, roof overhangs, and similar features. Excludes air shafts, pipe trenches, and chimneys. Excludes floor area dedicated to the parking and circulation of motor vehicles. ( Note that while excluded features may not be part of the gross floor area, and therefore technically not a part of the LEED project building, they may still be required to be a part of the overall LEED project and subject to MPRs, prerequisites, and credits.) (for the project space)". You can probably exclude a stand alone parking garage or small supplementary structure but we would suggest getting in touch with GBCIThe Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) manages Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building certification and professional accreditation processes. It was established in 2008 with support from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). for confirmation.

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Mary Davidge Principal Mary Davidge Associates
Dec 03 2009
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LEED Registration and User Fees

I am surprised there is not more discussion about this. I am in the SF BayA bay is a component of a standard, rectilinear building design. It is the open area defined by a building element such as columns or a window. Typically, there are multiple identical bays in succession. Area and find a number of projects to be delayed or on hold due to the economy. I am concerned that increased fees will become an additional barrier for LEED Certification. Does anyone understand the logic behind this timing?

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Shannon Gray Consultant YRG sustainability
Dec 02 2009
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LEED registration and certification fees

This is a huge difference in price! Even projects that are already registered but have not submitted for design or construction review will have to pay the increased prices for certification. So, if you have projects that are almost ready for review, you should get them in before the Jan 10 deadline...it's a good motivator for the project team!

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