The LEED v2009 rating system is coming to a close. All projects that want to submit certification applications under LEED v2009 must be registered by Oct. 31, 2016. Then, another deadline looms: Projects using the LEED 2009 version must be submitted for final certification within five years – June 30, 2021.

Projects registered after Oct. 31 must meet the modified standards and updates featured in the latest version of the world’s most popular green building certification program – LEED v4.

The goal of LEED v4, according to Rick Fedrizzi, former CEO and founding chair of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is to ‘raise the bar in a way that challenges the building industry to reach higher than ever before. This is a collective mission of USGBC and its members.’

The LEED standard is pushing the green building industry to seek innovative solutions that reduce stress on the environment and create healthier places for people to live and work. Avoid frustration and save money and time now by expanding your current knowledge of the LEED v4 requirements, referenced standards, related credits and implementation strategies.

To help you move up to LEED v4, GBES offers numerous classes. Among the favorites are:

  • 20 Things You Must Know about LEED v4
    • LEED v4 raises the bar for sustainable buildings, but the requirements are actually more practical. This course gives an overview of twenty of the most important changes.
  • Integrative Process Credit in LEED v4
    • This course helps you learn how to support high-performance, cost-effective project outcomes through an early analysis of the interrelationships among systems.
  • LEED v4 BD+C Rating System Review – Indoor Environmental Quality
    • This course will take you step-by-step through each one of the credits for the Indoor Environmental Quality category for the LEED v4 BD+C Rating System.

Moving from LEED v2009 to LEED v4 doesn’t have to be painful, but the clock is ticking.