As of January 1, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is offering full rebates of the certification fees for any project that earns LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification, the organization's highest building rating.
LEED is a voluntary national rating system for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings and a widely-accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings
LEED Platinum buildings are highly energy and resource efficient, provide superior indoor comfort for the building's occupants and dramatically reduce CO2 emissions that are a primary cause of global climate change, according to the council.
The rebate currently applies to projects that certify using LEED for New Construction, LEED for Existing Buildings, LEED for Commercial Interiors or LEED for Core and Shell. Projects that certify under future versions of the LEED rating system (excluding pilot projects) will also be eligible.
The rebate applies only to certification fees paid to USGBC. Registration with USGBC and other fees that may be incurred over the course of the project are not included.
Also starting with the first of the year, LEED for Existing Buildings registration is free for all certified LEED for New Construction and LEED for Core and Shell buildings.
Free LEED for Existing Buildings registration is available both to projects certified before January 1, 2007 and to projects that certify after this date. Projects that are currently registered with LEED for New Construction or LEED for Core and Shell are not eligible for the free registration until after completing certification. Free LEED for Existing Buildings registration will also be available for future whole building LEED rating systems.
For complete information about the LEED rating systems and fee rebates, please visit: www.usgbc.org