The U.S. Green Building Council will allow LEED users to register projects under the LEED 2009 rating system until Oct. 31, 2016. The original date for LEED 2009 registration to close was June 15, 2015.
Extending to October 2016 gives LEED users and members of the green building industry additional time to prepare for LEED v4, the latest version of LEED, which features increased rigor and multiple updates, USGBC says.
“When USGBC launched LEED v4 last year, we set out with one goal in mind – to raise the bar in a way that challenges the building industry to reach higher than ever before,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO & founding chair, USGBC. “However, the market has requested additional time to prepare for LEED v4, so we are responding.”
In a survey conducted at the 2014 Greenbuild conference, 61% of respondents said they are “not ready” or “unsure” if they are ready to pursue LEED v4 and require additional time to prepare. LEED v4 has been in the market for nearly one year and will remain available for those who are ready.