GREEN BUILDING INITIATIVE™ FINALIZES TECHNICAL COMMITTEE
Newly Formed ANSI Committee Responsible for Establishing Consensus on Green Globes Rating System
PORTLAND, OR (May 3, 2006) — The Green Building Initiative (GBI) has taken another step toward establishing the Green Globes™ environmental assessment and rating system as an official standard under the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), by confirming the final members of its technical committee. Required under its ANSI-approved procedures, the 30-member committee operates separately from the GBI board of directors and staff, and represents a balance of users, producers and interested third parties.
"As the first green building organization permitted to develop, maintain and withdraw American national standards, we're very excited about the caliber and diversity of individuals that have come together to guide Green Globes through the ANSI process," said Ward Hubbell, executive director of the GBI.
Chaired by Wayne Trusty of the Athena Sustainable Materials Institute, the committee is responsible for developing, maintaining, approving and achieving consensus on the Green Globes standard for the design and construction of environmentally sustainable buildings.
Following is a list of the GBI technical committee members within their respective categories:
American Institute of Architects (The Preview Group, Inc.)
The Green Team, Inc.
Otak Architecture, Engineering and Planning
G. F. Shymko & Associates Inc.
Vertegy, an Alberici Enterprise
The Renschler Company
Ronald Lee White
Virginia Department of General Services
Harvey Bryan, Ph.D.
Arizona State University
Center for Sustainable Building Research, University of Minnesota
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Scientific Certification Systems (SCS)
University of Connecticut Health Center
GREENGUARD Environmental Institute
American Concrete Institute
American Lung Association of Illinois
American Forest and Paper Association
Dow Chemical Company
Steel Recycling Institute
DAP Products Inc.
The Masonry Society
Plumbing Manufacturers Institute
The committee has scheduled its first in-person meeting for May 24-25, 2006 in Washington, DC. The meeting is open to the public. At the initial technical committee meeting, the GBI plans to develop appropriate sub-committees, which will also be opened to the general public to submit applications to participate.
To RSVP for the meeting or to express interest in participating in a sub-committee, please contact Susan Herbert by Tuesday, May 16, 2006, at email@example.com. For more information about the GBI technical committee, 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.