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LEED registration and certification fees

GBCi has scheduled an increase in its LEED registration and certification fees
November 25, 2009

I just saw the announcement that the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCi) has scheduled an increase in its LEED registration and certification fees for January 10, 2010. Some fees (like the one for registration) will double! 

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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January 9, 2018 - 9:13 am

Great work thanks

November 10, 2016 - 9:48 am

FYI - GBCI 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.


January 19, 2017 - 10:11 am

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?



December 8, 2016 - 10:04 am

Thanks Kristina! Perfect.

December 8, 2016 - 9:48 am

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 EBOM 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)

December 2, 2016 - 4:49 pm

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.

January 22, 2010 - 3:17 pm

The fees based on sq ft of the building - are they dertemined by gross sq ft or functional sq ft? Is any enclosed structure (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 GBCI websites that give direction on this.

January 29, 2010 - 1:51 pm


It's determined by "Gross Square Footage / Gross Floor Area (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 GBCI for confirmation.

December 3, 2009 - 2:18 pm

I am surprised there is not more discussion about this. I am in the SF Bay 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?

December 2, 2009 - 7:49 pm

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!