While preparing slides for a LEED training session I'm putting together, I stumbled upon a section of the certification information page that shows review delay estimates that are updated on a weekly basis (scroll down to the "Review Timelines" section). I've reported on this anecdotally in the past (June '08, August '08), but now you can view estimates straight from the USGBC.
As of 01.13.08 they report the following delays:
- LEED-NC (All Versions): Expect 4 weeks, but there may be a delay up to 6 weeks.
- LEED-Schools: Expect 4 weeks, but there may be a delay up to 6 weeks.
- LEED-CI: Expect 5 weeks, but there may be a delay up to 6 weeks.
- LEED-EB (All Versions): Up to 6 weeks.
- LEED-CSv2.0 (Full Certification): Expect 4 weeks, but there may be a delay up to 6 weeks.
- LEED-CSv2.0 (Precertification): Expect 3 weeks, but there may be a delay up to 6 weeks.
Note that these times are delays independent of the 25 business day normal review period. They also pointed out that the "USGBC is currently NOT accepting any requests for expedited reviews", so don't think you can throw money at this problem and fix it.
I would also like to take a moment to voice my support for the fact that the USGBC is providing this information at all. They could try to hide this problem from everyone, but instead they're acting responsibly by making these issues public so you can schedule accordingly.
Have the delays dropped significantly and I haven't noticed? Please share with your peers by leaving a comment!