Ggc-eb.png  Green Globes for Existing Buildings (EB)

Sensible Solutions to Reach Your Building’s Potential

Improving the sustainability of our existing building is critical to forging a better built environment. At the Green Building Initiative ® (GBI), we realize it needs to be a manageable process that combines professional knowledge with proven science and offers education along the way. That’s why we created the Green Globes® Existing Buildings (EB) tool as a user-friendly, web-based application with options for attaining your building’s highest potential. Using this tool enables building teams to focus on sustainability, and gives them choices when considering capital improvements or implementation of best practices.


  • Comprehensive environmental assessment road map
  • Benchmark your facility and rate the benefits of various building attributes
  • Personalized guidance for green construction and building operations’ best practices
  • Online software tools that speed and simplify the assessment process
  • Qualified assessors with green building expertise verifying project achievements on site

Standards by which to benchmark your facility and rate the benefits of various building attributes

After your team completes a survey, Green Globes generates a report to help you evaluate opportunities to save energy, reduce environmental impacts, integrate corporate goals and practices, and lower maintenance. Once you choose features and practices that make sense, an expert third-party assessor provides guidance, recommends ways to streamline operations, and offers quality assurance throughout the process. This interactive approach provides the quickest and most affordable way to advance the sustainability of your existing building. In addition, the Green Globes assessor can offer suggestions for future improvements as capital funds become available.

The Green Globes EB program comprehensively assesses environmental impacts are comprehensively assessed on a 1,000-point scale. Green Globes EB covers six different environmental assessment areas, with each area utilizing weighted criteria and an assigned number of points that are used to quantify overall building performance and use of best practices. The environmental assessment areas include:

Project Management: Integrated Design Process, Meetings, Performance Goals, Environmental Management, Commissioning

Energy: Performance, Demand, Metering, Measurement and Verification, Building Opaque Envelope, Lighting, HVAC Systems and Controls, Efficient Equipment, Renewable Energy, Energy Efficient Transportation

Water: Consumption, Cooling Towers, Boilers & Water Heaters, Water Intensive Applications, Treatment, Alternate Sources, Metering, Irrigation

Materials & Resources: Building Assembly, Interior Build-outs, Re-use, Waste, Building Service Life Plan, Resource Conservation, Building Envelope

Emissions: Heating, Ozone-depleting Potential, Global Warming Potential

Indoor Environment: Ventilation, Source Control and Measurement, Lighting Design and Systems, Thermal Comfort, Acoustic Comfort


  1. Purchase and complete Green Globes self-evaluation.
  2. Request a quote and purchase your assessment
  3. Work with a Green Globes Assessor to complete third-party assessments.
  4. Receive a final report containing your Green Globes score and rating.
  5. Request your Green Globes certificate and optional plaque.


Green Globes for New Construction utilizes weighted criteria in its recognized assessment protocol, comprehensively assessing building environmental impacts on a 1,000-point scale in seven categories. Each of these categories has an assigned number of points that quantify overall building performance – including a comprehensive approach to Energy Performance and a practical and objective method for Life-Cycle Assessment.

The building must attain a minimum overall score of 35% to be certified.

Environmental Assessment Areas  Points   Description
Energy 350 Performance, Efficiency, Management, CO2, Transportation
Water 80 Performance, Conservation, Treatment
Resources 110 Waste Reduction, Recycling
Emissions 175 Boilers, Water Effluents, Hazmat
Indoor Environment 185 Air Quality, Lighting, Noise
Environmental Management 100 EMS Documentation, Purchasing, Environmental Awareness
Total Points 1000      

Get Started with Green Globes

Provide us with your basic project information and receive a quote for Green Globes third-party assessment and certification.

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