The construction industry has come a long way from the days of submitting for green certification using three-ring binders, and now one of the certification programs has announced an upgrade to its online submission technology platform.

For any construction company that has participated on a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental) design project, submitting for certification can be a long and arduous process, but now the USGBC (United States Green Building Council), www.usgbc.org, Washington, D.C., has unveiled its new LEED Online experience.

The organization says LEED v4 projects will be the first to experience the new LEED Online platform with improved documentation. With the new technology system, users will be able to find all LEED projects in one central location, whether the project contains one or multiple buildings, and project team members will have access to every credit.

What’s more, LEED Online saves in the background automatically, provides access to forms, uploads, comments, and credit language directly from the scorecard, and the project timeline gives an overview of all the steps of the process.

This announcement comes on the heels of the USGBC announcing that it has certified 50,000 LEED-certified green housing units. Since the launch of the LEED for Homes rating system in 2007, the USGBC says the program has grown significantly. Now, there are also more than 82,000 units under construction and in the pipeline for LEED certification.

On the commercial side of the business, the USGBC announced last December the LEED certification of its 20,000 commercial project.

As interest in green certification continues to grow in the construction industry, technology tools such as LEED Online will provide construction companies with the means to easily submit documentation for certification.