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Green Globes standard attains ANSI consensus designation

Sources: Green Building Initiative, Portland, Ore.; CP staff

The Green Building Initiative’s new Green Globes Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings version, revised with content on resilience and life cycle cost analysis, has been approved as a American National Standards Institute consensus standard. GBI President Vicki Worden attributes the designation to “more than 230 public meetings to deliberate the latest science and research, baselines, and market advancements since the last update.”

“There’s tremendous excitement about contributing leading-edge thought leadership to green building design, construction and operations with this revised standard,” she adds, noting that GBI is the only green building organization to deliver its rating system through an ANSI-audited consensus process. The ANSI-GBI 01-2019 standard was registered and approved to continue its revision process through what the Institute calls continuous maintenance, whereby “revisions will happen every two years to keep the standard and rating system in lock step with advances in the market,” Worden affirms.

Green Globes references hundreds of other periodically revised consensus documents; using continuous maintenance will ensure the system changes as needed and through an ANSI approved process. Proposed changes can be submitted any time through forms the Initiative has posted, along with the ANSI-GBI 01-2019 standard, here.