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LEED for Existing Buildings Recertification Guidance Arrives

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By Tristan Roberts

A special feature of LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (LEED-EBOM) certifications is that they come with an expiration date: since the certification is all about ongoing performance, project buildings have been required to seek recertification every five years. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently released guidance on how that’s to be done. The new guidance document offers specific performance requirements for recertification, building on original certification requirements. Projects won’t have to re-document static environmental features, but they will need to recertify under the most current version of the LEED-EBOM rating system (and USGBC is offering staff time to project teams to help with that process). Recertified projects will get a new plaque with a new date.

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December 31, 2012