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.”
Sources: Associated Builders & Contractors, Washington, D.C.; CP staff
ABC’s 19,300-sq.-ft. national headquarters is one of the first buildings to be certified under Green Globes for Sustainable Interiors, a program available to owners or individual commercial space tenants from the Green Building Initiative (GBI), Portland, Ore.
Source: Green Building Initiative, Portland, Ore.; CP staff
The Green Building Initiative’s Green Globes is less expensive to conduct and faster to complete than the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification, according to a GBI-cited study of costs attending a recently completed building—bearing three Green Globes and LEED Gold certification—at Drexel University’s West Philadelphia campus.
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.”
After a project design and contracting protocol review, the General Services Administration (GSA) is recognizing the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) 2009 green building rating system and Green Building Initiative’s Green Globes 2010 as third party certification standards.