“Reaching the 100 building mark is a significant milestone for the GBI as we continue our work to make green rating tools practical and affordable,” said Ward Hubbell, President of the GBI. “Projects like this that obtain a Green Globes rating demonstrate to the building community that it is possible to benchmark and improve the environmental performance of an existing building, even with a limited budget and resources.”
Since it was introduced and released into the U.S. market in 2005, Green Globes has gained considerable usage and recognition and, despite the downturn in the construction industry, is a widely-accepted and credible standard for commercial green building. Twenty states officially recognize Green Globes through legislation or executive order, as well as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Education and the Department of Interior. Green Globes has also been recognized by the private sector, with insurance companies such as Aon, Liberty Mutual, and the Fireman’s Fund offering various products and discounts for buildings that achieve an official Green Globes designation.
This latest milestone continues significant momentum for the GBI, which recently released two new personnel certification programs, called Green Globes Professional (GGP) and Green Globes Assessor (GGA). These programs were launched to further enhance green building professionals’ knowledge of sustainable building practices and the Green Globes system, distinguishing them as true green building experts in the field.
The GBI is also in the final stages of establishing Green Globes as the first and only official national standard for sustainable construction of commercial buildings through the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The ANSI Technical Committee recently finished the 4th round of public comments on the proposed Standard, and is now in the final stages of completing the soon-to-be released Standard, which will serve as a benchmark for sustainable commercial buildings across the United States.
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