The GBI became an ANSI-Accredited Standards Developing Organization (SDO) in 2005, breaking new ground for the industry by being the first green building organization to publish an ANSI-Accredited Standard for commercial green building. ANSI, the American National Standards Institute, is a private non-profit organization that accredits the procedures of standard-setting organizations, ensuring that characteristics and performance of products and services are consistent and credible.
By meeting the ANSI requirements for openness, balance, lack of dominance, due process, and consensus, the GBI has demonstrated leadership in commercial green building. The ANSI/GBI 01-2010 standard was developed following ANSI’s highly regarded consensus-based guidelines, which are among the world’s most respected for the development of consensus standards, and ensures a balanced, transparent, and inclusive process. A variety of stakeholders including sustainability experts, architects, engineers, ENGO’s, and industry groups participated in its development, as listed in the links below.
This standard, officially named ANSI/GBI 01-2010: Green Building Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings was derived from the Green Globes® environmental design and assessment rating system for New Construction, and was formally approved on March 24, 2010.
The ANSI/GBI 01-2010 standard was developed by a technical committee—or consensus body—formed in 2006 that follows GBI’s ANSI-approved procedures for developing consensus documents. The committee was comprised of 30 individuals, balanced equally between users (10), interested parties (10), and producers (10). The committee was additionally supported by technical experts from across the country through working subcommittees. Additionally, the public have an important role in developing ANSI standards by participating in periodic public comment periods. Many hundreds of individuals and organizations lent their expertise to the development of ANSI/GBI 01-2010: Green Building Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings before it was formally approved.