First-in-Country Projects to Get Free LEED Certification
Want to get a refund on your LEED certification fees? If your project is in Togo, Tonga, Tunisia, or Tuvalu, and you move quickly enough, you may be in luck. Today the U.S. Green Building Council announced an initiative called "LEED Earth," in which it will offer free LEED certification to the first projects to certify in the 112 countries that so far lack a LEED certified project. USGBC says that this is part of "an effort to accelerate sustainable development around the world," and that it "aims to bring LEED certification and thereby better-performing buildings into new markets."
Here are the key rules and regulations:
- The promotion is in effect through June 5, 2016.
- Countries in U.N. member states without a LEED certified building are eligible—excluding countries against which the U.S. has trade sanctions. There are currently 112 such countries, according to USGBC. Are you on the list?
- Ther first certified project under any version of LEED will get a refund of fees up to $30,000. Registration fees are excluded.
- Projects must submit project photos and collaborate with USGBC on media outreach.
There are currently 192 U.N. members and LEED projects in 140 countries and territories—so if you do the math, the race is on in many places. Good luck! And USGBC—what about Mars?
Are you in a country without a LEED certified project? Or were you the first in your country? Please share your experiences, and questions, below. And what's next... LEED Mars?