Green Globes

The Green Globes system is a revolutionary building environmental design and management tool. It delivers an online assessment protocol, rating system and guidance for green building design, operation and management. It is interactive, flexible and affordable, and provides market recognition of a building’s environmental attributes through third-party verification.

From interactive assessment to automated reporting – Green Globes uses a streamlined on-line approach
The Green Globes system uses an online questionnaire-based approach. Once the questionnaire has been completed, a report is automatically generated, which provides ratings, a list of achievements as well as recommendations. No need for binders or templates.

Designed for use on building projects of any size, the Green Globes system is suitable for large and small buildings including offices, multi-family structures and institutional buildings such as schools, universities and libraries.

Applies to new and existing buildings.
From new construction, to fit-ups, retrofits and management and operations of existing buildings - the Green Globes suite of tools can help ensure that environmental goals are achieved continuously throughout a building’s life.

Portfolio management
Owners and developers with multiple properties can use the Green Globes system to assess and compare the buildings in their portfolio.

Report updates made easy
Online inputs can be changed for up to a year with an option to extend. This keeps the assessment up-to-date as the building parameters change through the project delivery stages.

Data that you provide online is confidential and is accessible to you and you alone. Verified data may be collected anonymously and used for statistical and benchmarking purposes, but no information that could identify your building or company is collected or used for this analysis.

Supports Integrated Design
Green Globes facilitates multi-disciplinary collaboration from the earliest stages of a project onward, and introduces the elements of sustainability in a logical sequence from goal setting to construction documents and building operations

Third-party Verification and Certification
Certification is achieved by undergoing third-party verification by trained regional verifiers

Go to the Green Globes website.

What are the Differences between Green Globes and LEED?

Green Globes has been around since 1991- it was introduced in Europe, then came to Canada, and is now administered in the U.S. by the Green Building Initiative. It awards 1,000 points across seven credit categories- project management (50), site (115), energy (380), water (85), resources (100), emissions (70), and indoor environment (200). Projects that earn 35% of the 1,000 points receive one globe, 55%, 70%, and 85% receive two, three, and four globes, respectively. It Designed for use on building projects of any size, the Green Globes system is suitable for everything from large and small offices and multi-family structures, to institutional buildings such as schools, universities and libraries. The Green Globes suite of tools is used to integrate sustainability goals into new construction, renovations, and entire building portfolios.

Read more about the differences here.

Green Building Initiative

Green Globes vs. LEED Debate

- From a recent Green Globes email to a Virginia-based group with Green interests, addressing some of the debate between using the Green Globes or the LEED rating systems. Green Globe's email is responding to some statements by local LEED representatives:

Dear Virginia Stakeholders:

I feel compelled to ensure that you hear again directly from a Green Globes representative. I am the head of the commercial programs for GBI and responsible for the technical development of the Green Globes™ system.

  • You cannot earn points in our system for Energy Consumption unless the building is designed to achieve Energy Star. The points start at the Energy Star target of 75. You also must get a minimum of 350 points out of 1000 and there has not been a building certified to date that has not earned points in each of the 7 categories, which include Project Management, Site, Energy, Water, Resources, Emissions, and Indoor Environment.
  • Green Globes™ is based on sound science and research. Architecture 2030, AIA, ASHRAE and the New Buildings Institute all concur that using Energy Star for energy benchmarking is superior to basing projections on a percentage above code—and have made public announcements to this effect. Green Globes is the only system that uses Energy Star for both New Construction and Existing Buildings benchmarking—and we are receiving sound applause for this.
  • EPA supports our approach and just this year added The Green Building Initiative as a partner and will be co-promoting Green Globes and the Energy Star tools.
  • GBI’s Green Globes™ system is the only rating system undergoing review through an American National Standards Institute consensus process.
  • Capital One, headquartered in Richmond, just joined GBI and will be using the Green Globes™ rating system. This is just one more company that sees a benefit to having more than one rating system available to them.
What our friends who promote the LEED™ rating system often fail to point out is that 50% of LEED certified buildings DO NOT qualify for Energy Star certification (according to a 2008 New Buildings Institute study). We believe there are a lot of possible reasons for this, one important one could be that they benchmark to code and do not use actual performance data as a basis for comparing design of the building. Using the EPA’s Energy Star tools ensures that Green Globes buildings are benchmarked to actual performance data.

In conclusion, the important thing to remember in this debate is that we don’t have time to fight about one brand over another. We have only 50 years to solve our global climate problems and more than 100 million buildings need our attention. Green Globes™ is already bridging the gap in Fairfax, Virginia, and can help a great deal more throughout the state. Why can’t LEED and Green Globes™ work together to provide cost-effective solutions for all Virginia buildings? Or is there some other motivation behind those that promote the LEED monopoly?

We appreciate your consideration.

Vicki L. Worden | VP Commercial Programs & Product Development | Green Building Initiative

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