LEED precertification path is now available for all projects registered under LEED v4 LEED BD+C and LEED v4 O+M.
Precertification is no longer unique to projects registered under LEED BD+C: Core & Shell. Since 1st December 2016, all building developments pursuing LEED v4 LEED BD+C and LEED v4 O+M certification can choose to apply for precertification.
What is the LEED Precertification?
Precertification is an optional step in the LEED building certification process. It provides formal recognition of the team’s effort at early design stage while ensuring that the project is on the right track to achieve certification. Building owners and developers may also use the Precertification award to market to attract prospective tenants and investors who value the benefits of a LEED certification.
How does the LEED v4 precertification process work?
If precertification path is chosen, the design team is required to issue an early design stage submittal document along with the precertification worksheet to Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) for formal review.
The GBCI assesses the work already completed, project goals and intentions set towards certification. No credits or prerequisites are awarded during a precertification review; credits are instead marked as “anticipated”.
Once the precertification review is successfully completed, the GBCI provides a formal recognition of the team’s efforts. Then, the building is granted the LEED Precertification showcasing the project’s expected LEED v4 certification level.