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Green Globes® Overview

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Green Globes is a web-based program for green building guidance and certification that includes an onsite assessment by a third party. Backed by excellent customer support, Green Globes offers a streamlined and smarter alternative to LEED as a way to advance the overall environmental performance and sustainability of commercial buildings.

The program has modules supporting new construction - Green Globes for New Construction (NC), existing buildings – Green Globes for Continual Improvement of Existing Buildings (CIEB), existing healthcare buildings – Green Globes CIEB for Healthcare, and interiors - Green Globes for Sustainable Interiors (SI).

The program includes:

  • A comprehensive environmental assessment protocol
  • Software tools that speed and simplify online assessment
  • Best practices guidance for green construction and operations
  • Third-party assessors with green building expertise
  • A rating/certification system

Environmental Assessment Areas

The Green Globes software tools and ratings/certification system use a recognized and proven assessment protocol to comprehensively assess environmental impacts on a 1,000 point scale in multiple categories:

Environmental
Assessment Area

New Construction Points

Environmental
Assessment Area

Existing Buildings Points

Project Management

50

Environmental Management

100

Site

115

(N/A)

 

Energy

390

Energy

350

Water

110

Water

80

Materials & Resources

125

Materials & Resources

110

Emissions

50

Emissions

175

Indoor Environment

160

Indoor Environment

185

Total Points 1000   1000

Green Globes Rating System

To achieve Green Globes certification, buildings must:

  1. Attain a minimum of 35% of applicable points out of the 1,000 possible points available; and
  2. For New Construction/Major Renovation projects, attain a minimum percentage of points in each environmental assessment area.

Those buildings that achieve 35% or more of the 1,000 points possible in the Green Globes rating system are eligible candidates for a certification of one, two, three, or four Green Globes. The Green Globes system provides higher levels of achievement based on the number of points a building acquires.

Green Globes Rating Scale

85% - 100%

Guiding Principles Compliance Certified 4 GP

Demonstrates national leadership and excellence in the practice of energy, water, and environmental efficiency to reduce environmental impacts.

70 - 84%

Guiding Principles Compliance Certified 3 GP

Demonstrates leadership in applying best practices regarding energy, water, and environmental efficiency.

55 - 69%

Guiding Principles Compliance Certified 2 GP

Demonstrates excellent progress in the reduction of environmental impacts and use of environmental efficiency practices.

35 - 54%

Guiding Principles Compliance Certified 2 GP

Demonstrates a commitment to environmental efficiency practices.

 

Building Certification

After achieving a minimum threshold of 35% of the 1,000 total points  in the preliminary self-evaluation – and, for New Construction/Major Renovation projects, attaining a minimum percentage of points in each environmental assessment area – new and existing buildings are eligible to seek a Green Globes certification and rating for their environmental sustainability and achievements.

The process utilizes third-party assessors with expertise in green building design, engineering, construction and facility operations. These professionals interface with project teams and building owners to review documentation and conduct onsite building tours. Green Globes rating and certification is attainable for a wide range of commercial and government buildings, and enables building owners to credibly market their environmental responsibility to shareholders, tenants, and their community.

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Contact Customer Service: 1.877.424.4241 | info@thegbi.org

 

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