Group behind LEED alternative logs record two-year growth

The Green Building Initiative (GBI) has elected its 2019 Board of Directors, led by Stimson Lumber Co. Vice President of Sales and Pacific Northwest Association of Rail Shippers President Tim Atkinson, who succeeds outgoing chairman Rich Mitchell, managing principal architect of Mackenzie. The latter is based in Portland, Ore., along with GBI and Stimson. Atkinson takes the reins following the largest two-year growth period in the group’s history, during which staff and members supported more than 465 building projects that earned third-party assessment and certification through the Green Globes and federal Guiding Principle Compliance (GPC) programs. Atkinson has served on the GBI Board of Directors since 2013 and assumes the chairman’s post after a two-year term as treasurer.

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ASTM buildings committee strategizes community resilience


The forthcoming ASTM E3130, Developing Cost-Effective Community Resilience Strategies will inform authorities on ways to withstand, respond to and recover from a range of potential catastrophes, such as natural hazards, utility outages and human-caused disruptions. Developed by ASTM International Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings, the new standard provides an economic framework to evaluate investment strategies, plus a seven-step approach to help communities formulate their own resilience plans.

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Greenpeace, Sierra Club: Green building rating systems experts?

Source: CP staff

Responding to the Green Building Initiative’s (GBI) Green Globes as an alternative to the LEED green building rating system, environmental activists have chartered Greenwash Action, and released a report dubbing the former certification “a ‘green’ building rating system backed by the chemical, plastics and timber industries.”

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