- Are there country-specific versions of LEED?
- LEED requirements are based primarily on US standards and situations. Can a project use local standards instead?
- What currency does LEED Online Use for LEED Registration and Certification Fees?
- Are LEED reviews conducted only in English?
- How should we submit documentation if the review will be conducted in English, but our documents are not in English?
Are there country-specific versions of LEED?
New LEED projects must register in LEED Online under LEED v4 or LEED v4.1, regardless of the country in which they are located.
LEED requirements are based primarily on US standards and situations. Can a project use local standards instead?
International reference standards are included in the requirements and guidance of some credits. International Tips are also available in the LEED Reference Guides for each credit. These may be used when applicable.
Regional Alternative Compliance Paths (ACPs) have also been published for several credits. There are several ways to access these:
- LEED v4 Alternative Compliance Paths document
- LEED v4 European ACPs document
- LEED v2009 European ACPs document
- Via the LEED Credit Library. See LTc Bicycle Facilities as an example of a credit that has an ACP available for projects in Europe.
If there is no guidance available allowing an international standard, but teams feel the standard is equivalent to the required standard, teams may submit a Credit Interpretation Ruling (see LEED requirements and other guidance for more information about CIRs) comparing the proposed standard to the required standard.
What currency does LEED Online Use for LEED Registration and Certification Fees?
Are LEED reviews conducted only in English?
LEED reviews are primarily conducted in English. However, GBCI can currently accommodate documentation in Italian, German, French, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese and Cantonese, on a limited basis.
Foreign language capabilities are not available for all rating systems and require advance approval from GBCI. Contact Us as early as possible in the certification process, or at least 30 days prior to submitting for review, to ensure your application can be routed to a reviewer with the appropriate foreign language skills. If this step is missed, projects run the risk of having their project review delayed or receiving a request for English translation.
There is no extra cost for submitting reviews in a foreign language. In fact, this service may reduce the cost for the project by eliminating the need to translate the documentation.
When advance approval from GBCI is made for a project to submit in a foreign language, the review comments will be issued in the requested foreign language and in English.
How should we submit documentation if the review will be conducted in English, but our documents are not in English?
If submitting for review in English, all portions of documentation that contribute towards compliance must be translated into English.