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Green Globes® NC Overview

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Green Globes is a well-established green building guidance and assessment program that offers a practical and affordable way to advance the environmental performance and sustainability of a wide variety of building types. Suitable for new construction and major renovation building projects, the Green Globes NC program includes:

  • Comprehensive environmental assessment protocol
  • Online software tools that speed and simplify assessment
  • Best practices guidance for green construction and operations
  • Qualified assessors with green building expertise
  • Rating/certification system

Green Globes for New Construction (NC)

The Green Globes NC tool is a user-friendly web application that aids architects, engineers, construction professionals, owners, and building operators in evaluating, quantifying, and improving the environmental friendliness and sustainability of new building projects as well as major renovations. Using this tool enables project teams to focus on sustainability, gives them options when considering environmental improvements during the design and delivery process, and allows teams to evaluate and rate the benefits of different design scenarios.

Green Globes NC also educates the user in addition to the environmental assessment. Utilizing entries entered into your NC survey, Green Globes provides automatically generated reports that can help you evaluate opportunities to benefit from energy savings, reduced environmental impacts, and lower costs for maintenance. Green Globes NC is the only environmental rating system that provides early feedback on your process before critical and final decisions are made. This is a proven method for taking advantage of time and cost savings opportunities through integrated design and delivery, while benefiting from a cost-effective third-party assessment process. Green Globes NC provides the quickest and most affordable way to assess the environmental sustainability of your new construction or major renovation building projects.

Environmental Assessment Areas

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 (LCA).

Environmental Assessment Area Points Description
Project Management 50 Integrated Design Process, Meetings, Performance Goals, Environmental Management, Commissioning
Site 115 Development Area, Ecological Impacts, Stormwater Management, Landscaping, Exterior Light Pollution
Energy 390 Performance, Demand, Metering, Measurement and Verification, Building Opaque Envelope, Lighting, HVAC Systems and Controls, Efficient Equipment, Renewable Energy, Energy Efficient Transportation
Water 110 Consumption, Cooling Towers, Boilers & Water Heaters, Water Intensive Applications, Treatment, Alternate Sources, Metering, Irrigation
Materials & Resources 125 Building Assembly, Interior Fit-outs, Re-use, Waste, Building Service Life Plan, Resource Conservation, Building Envelope
Emissions 50 Heating, Ozone-depleting Potential, Global Warming Potential
Indoor Environment 160 Ventilation, Source Control and Measurement, Lighting Design and Systems, Thermal Comfort, Acoustic Comfort
Total Points 1,000  

Eligibility Requirements

Unlike LEED, Green Globes has no prerequisites. There are only a few eligibility requirements, ensuring that a wide variety of buildings can undergo Green Globes assessment and certification.

Eligible buildings must:

  • Be designed for occupancy.
  • Have conditioned space.
  • Have no more than 18 months of occupancy at the time assessment is ordered.
  • Be at least 400 gross square feet in size.

Building Certification

A third-party assessment is required for a Green Globes rating and certification. After meeting the eligibility requirements listed above, new construction and major renovation buildings may seek a Green Globes certification and rating for their environmental sustainability and achievements.

Third-party assessors with expertise in green building design, engineering, construction and facility operations interface with project teams and building owners during the assessment process by reviewing documentation and conducting on-site building tours. Buildings that successfully complete a third-party assessment are assigned a rating of one to four Green Globes, which is reflected in a certificate or optional plaque issued by the GBI.

Assessment & Certification Process

  1. Client completes the online evaluation…score >35% of the overall applicable points to move forward
  2. Stage 1 third-party assessment - design review includes evaluation report and recommendations
  3. Client updates the online questionnaire to reflect design changes, if needed
  4. Stage 2 third-party assessment - onsite meetings and building tour
  5. Post Assessment - client delivers missing documentation, assessor prepares report with recommendations, GBI issues final report, client reviews findings
  6. Certification and public recognition of the achievement

Click here for a two page review of the Time Required to Complete a Green Globes Assessment.


Assessment & Certification Timeline

The following is the timeline associated with the assessment & certification phases of a Green Globes construction project:

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