Roundup: COVID-19 tools and resources

Published on: 
13 Jan 2021
Author: 
Aalok Vinod Jhunjhunwala

Globally, COVID-19 has drastically impacted day-to-day life, especially how we operate, occupy and and interact with buildings. USGBC is working continuously to support the green building community as professionals seek credentials for themselves and certification for their projects.

Explore our roundup of the tools, resources and guidance for LEED professionals that have been developed by USGBC and GBCI:

COVID-19 resources and FAQ

The frequently updated COVID-19 resources page on usgbc.org is a one-stop-shop linking to all the current resources.

You can also view answers to our top customer service questions and concerns on LEED certification and credentialing. Examples include:

  • I have a GBCI exam scheduled with Prometric and would like to cancel/reschedule, due to concerns about COVID-19.
  • I have updated my cleaning strategies in response to COVID-19. Will this impact my certification?

Credentials and pilot credits

Online LEED professional credential exams allow candidates to take exams for the LEED Green Associate and LEED AP with speciality credentials from home.

Seven LEED safety first pilot credits addressing COVID-19 have been developed to help building teams provide healthy spaces and to assist with reentry:

  • Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Space
  • Re-enter Your Workspace
  • Building Water System Recommissioning
  • Managing Indoor Air Quality During COVID-19
  • Pandemic Planning
  • Social Equity in Pandemic Planning
  • Arc Re-Entry

In-depth certification resources

GBCI’s adapted review process provides utmost importance to the health and safety of all the people in the certification and verification team with added flexibility that helps project teams to update their certification work plans and extend timelines impacted due to pandemic (for LEED, WELL and other GBCI certification programs).

Guidance for LEED O+M certification and recertification projects affected by COVID-19 is applicable to projects submitting prior to June 30, 2021. The guide focuses on five performance categories: energy, water, waste, transportation and indoor environmental quality.

USGBC has also launched a vision for Healthy People in Healthy Places Equals a Healthy Economy. The healthy economy strategy aims to support buildings and communities in the post-pandemic world via the LEED rating system. It delineates a series of upgrades to LEED v4.1, a call for ideas, the formation of CEO Advisory Councils and more.

Learn more about USGBC resources related to COVID-19