The U.S. Green Building Council stated it will start offering LEED recertification for all LEED-certified projects. To be eligible for certification, projects must submit 12 months of data demonstrating continued or improved performance.

Once recertified, projects will meet the standards of the newest version of the LEED rating system available and the recertification will be valid for three years.

“For the last 25 years, USGBC has sought to make the communities in which we live, work, learn and play healthier, more resource efficient and less damaging to our ecosystems,” USGBC President & CEO Mahesh Ramanujam said. “Recertification has always been part of the overall vision of LEED, and plays a key role in its continuing evolution. We are focusing on the areas where we can make the biggest impact to improve the standard of living globally ― the performance of our buildings. That’s why we want all LEED projects to continue to demonstrate leadership and ensure they are actually providing real benefits to the people who inhabit them.”