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ABOUT GBCI

The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) is a third-party organization that provides independent oversight of professional credentialing and project certification programs related to green building. GBCI is committed to ensuring precision in the design, development, and implementation of measurement processes for green building performance (through project certification) and green building practice (through professional credentials and certificates).

Established in 2008 to administer certifications and professional designations within the framework of the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Green Building Rating Systems™, GBCI continues to develop new programs and offer the marketplace validation that building certifications and professional designations have met specific, rigorous criteria.

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Professional Credentialing

GBCI develops and administers the ANSI 17024 accredited LEED Professional Credential exams, which include the LEED Green Associate and LEED AP with specialty credentials, as well as the LEED for Homes Green Rater and LEED Project Reviewer professional certificates.

GBCI also oversees the Credential Maintenance Program (CMP) for LEED Professionals. This continuing education requirement keeps LEED professionals at the forefront of the rapidly evolving green building industry, driving ongoing excellence in the marketplace and ensuring that LEED professionals are the most qualified in the field.


Project Certification

GBCI administers the LEED certification program, performing third-party technical reviews and verification of registered projects to determine if they have met the standards set forth by the LEED rating system.  Dedicated technical experts ensure building certification meets the highest levels of quality and integrity. To date, the total footprint of LEED-certified projects surpasses one billion square feet. Another six billion square feet are registered with GBCI for certification.

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