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How to Contact the GBCI

Thu, 2009-09-24 00:29

So the GBCI phones are busy, emails don’t seem to go through, and the GBCI website crashed. Wow, what a day for the poor LEED Exam Registrants. Go figure. Anyways, for those still trying to register for the LEED v2.2 Exams, contact the GBCI as follows: 

Website: www.gbci.org/contact
Phone: 800-795-1746 (main)
Email: exam@gbci.org

GBCI Email Reply

Thu, 2009-09-24 00:28

Thank you for contacting the Green Building Certification Institute’s Accreditation Department. This is an automatically generated response. Your email will be read by a GBCI staff member as soon as possible.

In order to help you in the best possible manner, please read the following information carefully.

Registration Deadline for LEED NC v2.2 and LEED CI v2.0 Exams

GBCI Delays LEED Registration Deadline

Thu, 2009-09-24 00:20

Since the GBCI website was swamped earlier in the day and will be down through midnight tonight, they have extended the registration deadline by one day until midnight on April 1st. Here is the official message from their website:

“The GBCI website will be undergoing maintenance until March 30, 2009 at 11:59 pm (Eastern Time). Due to unexpected website maintenance, we are extending the deadline for registration for the LEED AP NC and CI exams to April 1, 2009 at 11:59 pm (Pacific Time).”

Dates Announced for LEED 2009 Launch, LEED AP Exam

Thu, 2009-09-24 00:19

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced that LEED 2009 (including the new LEED Online) will launch officially on April 27, 2009. The same date will see the transition of LEED project registration and certification to the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), the third party that also administers the LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) credential.

LEED Statistics As of March 2009

Thu, 2009-09-24 00:18

It’s remarkable the growth of both the USGBC and the LEED Green Building Standard over the past year. I just noticed a counter on the USGBC website with the following LEED statistics.

As of March 18, 2009:

77,434 LEED APs (80% US, 20% international)

17450 Registered Commercial Projects with 2122 Certified Projects

13836 Registered Residential Projects with 1304 Certified Projects

Excerpted Interview with GBCI Vice President of Credentialing, Beth Holst

Thu, 2009-09-24 00:17

It’s amazing how seemingly disorganized that the USGBC and the GBCI sites are in terms of finding useful information quickly. I came across this interview today and thought that it was informative enough to repost here, as it talks about the LEED Green Associate credentialing process. We expect a flurry of information to come out after April 1st regarding the Green Associate Exam.

USGBC Rescheduling Policy for LEED Exams between March 26th and March 31st

Thu, 2009-09-24 00:15

Last fall, when the LEED EB exam was phased out on September 30th, the GBCI and USGBC experienced a surge of registrants and re-registrants that pretty much swamped their abilities. In fact, many people reported that the registration system itself was very slow and unresponsive on September 30th. Given how much bigger LEED NC and CI are compared to what LEED EB was in September, I predict that the entire system will breakdown at least a few days in advance and possibly the entire last week of March.

The LEED for New Construction and Commercial Interiors Exams Must be Taken by June 30, 2009

Thu, 2009-09-24 00:14

March 31st is an important date in the world of LEED. As you might have read in our previous post or heard about elsewhere online, March 31st is the last day to register for the current version of the LEED AP Exam. The current version of LEED is the 2.0 series, and starting May 1st, the USGBC and GBCI will begin issuing the standards for the LEED 3.0 series. The credentialing requirements will change significantly once the changeover is complete.

The GBCI Announces Deadlines to Schedule and Retake Exams

Thu, 2009-09-24 00:13

GCBI Press Release: (WASHINGTON – FEBRUARY 26, 2009) – June 30, 2009 will be the last date that candidates can take the current LEED for New Construction v2.2 and LEED for Commercial Interiors (CI) v 2.0 LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP) credentialing exams.

Good Growth: Avoiding the Dark Store Problem

Thu, 2009-09-24 00:12

These photos by Brian Ulrich from Time Magazine capture the essence of what happens when cities and towns allow rampant development. Big Box stores provide value to society, but when they are not integrated into the community and when they are built in isolation with hundreds of acres of surrounding parking, they turn into albatrosses rather quickly when the anchor tenant leaves. Those acres of parking to serve the Christmas surge turn into a virtual prison of isolation for Big Box stores.