|LEED ND Project Application Review Fees|
|SLL Prerequisite Review||$2,250 (flat fee)|
|Expedited SLL Prerequisite Review||$5,000|
|Initial Stage Review Fees|
|For Projects under 320 Acres||$18,000for the first 20 acres||$350 for each additional acre|
|For Projects 320 Acres or More||$123,000 (flat fee)|
|Subsequent Stage Review Fees|
|For Projects under 320 acres||$10,000 for the first 20 acres||$350 for each additional acre|
|For Projects 320 acres or More||$115,000 (flat fee)|
|Expedited Subsequent Stage Review||$15,000|
|Appeal Review||$500 per credit|
|Expedited Appeal Review||$1,000 per credit|
I found this out from Jeff Baxter of the Noisette Company. He gave an excellent presentation at SustainSC 2010 (which I'm currently pressuring them to post online) profiling the company's experience with getting the Navy Yard, a 340 acre mixed use redevelopment of a former Navy base, through the LEED ND Pilot system.
As a pilot project, they paid substantially less than they would have needed to under the current system. It would have cost $241,750 to reach the level of certification they have achieved so far (Stage 2 certification... more on that in a later post), and if they were to pursue Stage 3 certification that cost would climb to $356,750! Even the smallest development faces a minimum of $39,500 in fees to complete Stage 3 certification. It's no surprise the USGBC included a free 'introductory call' service as part of their registration process and a $2,250 prerequisite review option that allows developers to check to ensure their site meets the base requirements before having to pony up for the more extensive Stage 1 review.
People familiar with LEED certification fees at the presentation were surprised at the cost, especially when you consider the fact that the documentation required for submission is not that much different in volume or complexity from a typical LEED NC or CS project.
On the other hand, one attendee suggested that if you broke this down to cost per building or cost per square foot the results are likely to show a lower overall cost than if a developer certified each building independently. I would suspect that everything within the development would earn the same marketing cachet as an individually certified facility by virtue of its association with the larger development, so this could possibly end up as a better value than previous options.
As you might suspect, I'm very interested to hear reader reactions to these fees and your thoughts on potential implications... Is this cost justified? Are the costs too high to allow for significant market-share, or will developers see the benefits to be large enough to warrant the investment? Truthfully... I don't really know!