Green Building Initiative™ releases proposed American National Standard for public comment
- Proposed Standard Available for Comment through June 9 -
Portland, Ore. (April 30, 2008) — After nearly two years of work by close to 100 building science experts, the Green Building Initiative (GBI) has released its proposed green building standard—known as the "GBI Proposed American National Standard 01-2008P: Green Building Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings"—for public comment. Accessible via the GBI Web site, the proposed standard is based on the Green Globes™ environmental assessment and rating system and will be available for public comment through Monday, June 9, 2008.
"This is the first time that an organization has committed its commercial building rating system to further development through the American National Standards Institute's (ANSI) third-party codified, consensus-based committee process—which represents the ideals of balance, transparency and public input," said Ward Hubbell, president of the GBI. "We're extremely pleased to be a step closer to establishing the Green Globes system as an official standard under ANSI and welcome the opportunity to have the public provide substantive input to the 30-member technical committee."
The proposed standard incorporates new elements developed by the GBI ANSI technical committee and sub-committees, which include representatives from organizations such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. General Services Administration, American Institute of Architects, American Lung Association, Steel Recycling Institute, Vertegy an Alberici Enterprise, the S/L/A/M Collaborative, Texas A&M University and Virginia Dept. of General Services. Also included and addressed were comments related to the Draft Standard for Trial Use, which was released in 2006. By releasing this pre-draft, GBI invited a broader range of stakeholder comments than typically result from the ANSI review process.
New elements incorporated into the proposed standard include:
Efforts toward the proposed standard began in 2005 when the GBI became the first green building organization to be accredited as a Standards Developing Organization (SDO) by ANSI. The process soon became an integral part of the GBI's commitment to developing and promoting consensus-based standards that give design and building professionals confidence they are working with tools that represent consensus on science, research, and best practices. The Proposed American National Standard is intended for use by building owners, design teams, developers, contractors, lenders, institutions and various levels of government, and can be applied to a broad range of commercial building types—such as office, multi-family, health care, schools, universities, labs, industrial and retail.
Parties interested in providing comments are invited to complete the Stakeholder Registration Form available on the GBI's Web site. They can then download a copy of the Proposed Standard and Public Review Form. In addition, they will be invited to review the new Green Globes calculators that have been introduced for use with the Proposed Standard.
Following the period of public review, the ANSI technical committee will meet to evaluate comments received, and address any need for further research and revisions to the proposed standard.
For more information about the Green Globes environmental assessment and rating system, or the GBI, visit www.thegbi.org.ABOUT THE GREEN BUILDING INITIATIVE: The mission of the Green Building Initiative is to accelerate the adoption of building practices that result in energy-efficient, healthier and environmentally sustainable buildings by promoting credible and practical green building approaches. A not-for-profit education initiative, the GBI is supported by a broad cross section of organizations and individuals with an interest in residential and commercial construction. For more information on the Green Building Initiative, please visit www.thegbi.org.