WASHINGTON – Due to market conditions and a lack of user readiness, the U.S. Green Building Council extended registration for LEED certified projects under LEED 2009 until Oct. 31, 2016 in order to provide user additional time for users to prepare for LEED v4.

LEED v4 Delayed for One Year; 61% of Green Builders 'Not Ready'The original date for LEED 2009 registration to close was June 15, 2015. But a survey conducted during the October 2014 Greenbuild conference, revealed 61 percent 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 features increased rigor and multiple updates in the rating system.

In a survey conducted at last week’s Greenbuild conference, 61 percent of respondents said they are “not ready” or “unsure” if they are ready to pursue LEED v4 and require additional time to prepare.

“We want to support our LEED users as they move the market forward with us, and allowing them to utilize the LEED 2009 rating system for a little longer will help facilitate that,” said Rick Fedrizzi, CEO & founding chair of USGBC. 

Although LEED 2009 has been extended, LEED v4, which has been in the market for nearly one year, and can be used for those who are ready. LEED v4 states that wood products must be certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC), or a USGBC-approved equivalent, to contribute toward credit achievement - a rule that has stirred controversy within the lumber and wood industry.

Have something to say? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.