About The Green Building Initiative® (GBI)
The Green Building Initiative® (GBI) seeks to provide transparency and customer service as we collectively move the needle toward a sustainable built environment. We recognize that credible and practical green building approaches for commercial and governmental construction are critical in this effort. Responding to the reality that one size does not fit all in sustainable improvements, we sought to create a more tailored approach that takes into account the building’s type, purpose and occupants.
A 501©3 nonprofit organization, the GBI is dedicated to accelerating the adoption of building practices that result in energy-efficient, healthier and environmentally sustainable buildings.
The GBI is governed by a multi-stakeholder board of directors featuring representatives from industry,GNOs, construction companies, architectural firms and academic institutions. Each board member has one vote, so no single entity or individual has more sway than any other.
In order to maintain a transparency, our rating system goes through a public, collaborative, consensus-based process guided by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Link to internal ANSI page here.
A Brief History of GBI and Green Globes®:
In 2004 GBI saw the opportunity to adapt a Canadian web-based, interactive learning tool developed from BREAM. At the end of that year, GBI brought the Green Globes environmental assessment and rating tool into the U.S. market.
In 2009 GBI became the first Building Rating Organization to become an ANSI Developer, an organization recognized for its open, balanced and consensus-based process. GBI used the ANSI process to create ANSI/GBI 01-2010: Green Building Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings out of the Green Globes® environmental design and assessment rating system for New Construction.
In 2014 and 2015 ANSI/GBI 01-2010 is undergoing an update to keep the Green Globes New Construction Rating System timely and consensus-based.