Frequently Asked Questions
Can I substitute a LEED v4.1 credit pathway on a LEED v4 project?
All LEED BD+C and ID+C v4.1 credits are available for substitution for LEED v4 projects. See the Beta Guides noted above for special direction on substituting select credits. Multi-unit residential buildings may also benefit from substituting select credits from the LEED v4.1 Residential BD+C: Multifamily Homes Rating System, see the Multifamily Beta Guide for details. LEED v4.1 O+M must be used as a whole rating system.
To use a substitution:
- In LEED Online, within each credit in your v4 project, you will see a checkbox that reads: “I am pursuing a LEED v4.1 credit substitution on this credit.” Check this box for each credit you plan to attempt.
- Complete and upload the v4.1 PDF form available through LEED Online. In LEED Online, navigate to the sidebar on the right and click on “v4.1 Sample Forms.” Before entering information into a form, click “Switch to Save Mode” in order to save the form offline; upload the form to the applicable credit when done.
- Follow the credit specific instructions from the table in the Beta Guide, uploading any additional documentation, narratives or calculations as outlined in the documentation column. Note that calculators specific to LEED v4.1, are available through the LEED Credit Library, under Resources for each specific, impacted credit.
- Submit credits for review following the standard process.
What guidance is there for LEED v4.1 projects impacted by COVID-19?
Up to date information and credit specifics are available here. The latest allowances and guidance ensure there is a certification path for all projects.
What is a beta rating system?
A beta rating system is a pilot, a chance to provide the market with updates earlier and to use project experience to inform and accelerate the development of a final set of balloted requirements.
How do I register?
When selecting your choice of rating system in LEED Online, simply select LEED v4.1 rather than LEED v4.
How do I upgrade my LEED v4 project to LEED v4.1?
Contact GBCI Canada customer service for a free upgrade.
Can I still register under LEED v4?
Project teams will continue to have the option of registering under LEED v4 while LEED v4.1 is being piloted. A date has not been set to close registration for LEED v4, continue to read the LEED Technical Bulletin for updates as LEED v4.1 development continues.
How do I participate in the public comment?
USGBC opened a Call for Proposals in 2018 in conjunction with the development cycle for LEED v4.1 and again in 2019. You can read the USGBC responses to the submitted proposals (see 2018 and 2019 responses). A date has not yet been set for the public comment on LEED v4.1; however, we welcome your comments. Contact us to provide your feedback. Ensure your email includes the rating system, credit of concern and suggestions for improvements.
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