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LEED NCv2.1 Sunset Date: December 15, 2011

December 21, 2010

LEED for New Construction version 2.1 rating system, originally released in 2002, will be retired in late 2011. As a market transformation tool, the LEED rating system promotes best practices, innovation and continuous improvement. To that end, the U.S. Green Building Council releases regular updates to the LEED program to challenge projects to meet increasingly higher levels of achievement. The evolution of LEED enables the industry to recognize current leadership in green building design, construction and operations.

The sunset date for LEED for New Construction version 2.1 will occur on December 15, 2011. All projects currently registered under LEED for New Construction version 2.1 may either submit for certification or upgrade at no cost to a newer version of the LEED rating system by Dec. 15, 2011. Projects that do not submit for certification or upgrade to a newer version of the LEED rating system prior to this date will be retired and will be ineligible to certify under their current registration. These projects will be removed from the LEED registered project list on the GBCI website.

GBCI will provide free upgrades to any project currently registered under LEED for New Construction version 2.1 until Dec. 15, 2011. Projects may elect to upgrade to either version 2.2 or version 3 (LEED 2009) of the LEED for New Construction rating system. After this deadline, projects will be required to register under the current version of the rating system and pay all applicable fees.

The sunset of LEED for New Construction version 2.1only applies to projects registered under LEED for New Construction version 2.1. Projects registered under all other versions of the LEED rating system are not affected.

Project teams that need assistance upgrading a project should contact GBCI at 1-800-795-1746, within the US, and +1-202-828-1145, outside the US.

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