Updated Green Globes(R) Building Certification Program Now Built on ANSI Standard

Updated Green Globes(R) Building Certification Program Now Built on ANSI 
Green Globes Is Used as an Alternative to LEED 
PORTLAND, OR -- (Marketwired) -- 06/04/13 --  The Green Building
Initiative (GBI) today announced the release of the most significant
upgrade to the Green Globes(R) for New Construction (NC) program
since it first became available in the U.S. in 2006. Green Globes is
a web-based program for green building guidance and certification
that includes an on-site assessment by a certified third party. The
program is a user-friendly and affordable alternative to LEED used to
advance the overall environmental performance and sustainability of
commercial buildings.  
Green Globes NC is now based on an ANSI standard: ANSI/GBI 01-2010:
Green Building Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings. The
standard was developed using an ANSI approved consensus process
involving stakeholders from across the building sustainability
industry. For federal agencies, the program now includes the ability
to assess and certify new construction and major renovations of
federal buildings for compliance with the Guiding Principles as
required by Executive Order 13514 signed in 2009.  
"In addition to utilizing the ANSI standard, Green Globes received
major enhancements to all seven assessment areas led by those
covering Energy and Materials & Resources," said Sharene Rekow, GBI
Vice President of Business Development. "The program uses advanced
building science which will result in higher performing buildings." A
free white paper provides detail on the updated program.  
Energy performance assessment has been enhanced by allowing users to
choose between four paths. Three of these are known to the building
industry -- ENERGY STAR(R), ASHRAE Building Performance Method, and
ASHRAE Building Energy Quotient. The fourth, developed within the
ANSI process, is an operational energy approach that uses carbon
dioxide equivalency (CO2e) as the basis for its calculations and
captures energy performance through the entire cycle of energy
consumption from source production and generation to building
consumption. Bonus points have been introduced for buildings that
obtain the highest levels of energy performance, such as zero net
energy or 51%+ reduction in CO2e emissions. 
The Materials & Resources section introduces a more sustainable and
innovative methodology for the selection and specification of
products based upon multiple attributes. This is a more rigorous
approach that replaces the outdated and less thorough single
attribute assessment method. This new approach focuses on full life
cycle assessment, multi-attribute certifications, and third-party
certified Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), placing Green
Globes at the vanguard of green rating programs advancing Life Cycle
Assessment (LCA). In the U.S., Green Globes incorporates the recently
enhanced Athena Impact Estimator, an online LCA tool that allows the
designer to build assemblies specific to their project, receive LCA
rating feedback and efficiently perform comparisons, leading to an
optimized LCA outcome. Each individual material type is evaluated and
benchmarked against five major indicator criteria: Embodied Energy,
Global Warming Potential, and Effect on Land, Air and Water. By
providing options, Green Globes offers users the opportunity to
select structure, envelope, and interior fit-out materials and
products that provide the least environmental impact.  
"While making a major improvement in the building science used by
Green Globes we kept the unique program attributes that have made
Green Globes the choice of an increasing number of sustainability
professionals... the web-based survey, the transparent process, the
live customer support, the on-site assessment, and the written and
in-person feedback for improvement," said Rekow.  
"Professionals will be impressed by the ease of use of the online
Green Globes evaluation system, and by the overall program
flexibility and adaptability," said Craig Riley, Regional Business
Line Leader, Sustainability at URS Corporation. The GBI provides
customer service to guide users through the process. Each project is
assigned a certified third-party assessor who is available to answer
questions regarding greening strategies during the design and
construction process at no additional cost. At the completion of the
project, the assessor performs an on-site final evaluation of each
project. Based on this evaluation, a building is awarded one to four
Green Globes according to the points earned in the certification
process. "The certification process is efficient, fair, and
affordable," said Riley.  
Click here for more information on the updated program.  
About Green Globes(R) 
 Green Globes is a web-based program for green
building guidance and certification that includes an onsite
assessment by a third party. Backed by excellent customer support,
Green Globes offers a streamlined and affordable alternative to LEED
as a way to advance the overall environmental performance and
sustainability of commercial buildings. 
The program has modules supporting new construction and major
renovations -- Green Globes for New Construction (NC), existing
buildings -- Green Globes for Continual Improvement of Existing
Buildings (CIEB), and Healthcare buildings -- Green Globes CIEB for
Healthcare. It is suitable for a wide range of buildings from
offices, multi-family structures, hospitals, and institutional
buildings such as courthouses, schools, and universities. 
About the GBI
 The Green Building Initiative is a nonprofit
organization and ANSI Standards Developer dedicated to accelerating
the adoption of building practices that result in energy-efficient,
healthier and environmentally sustainable buildings by promoting
credible and practical green building approaches. Founded in 2004,
the organization is the U.S. provider of the Green Globes and the
Guiding Principles Compliance building and certification programs.  
Sharene Rekow
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