Learn more about GBI's Guiding Principles Compliance Assessment Program
In 2011, the Green Building Initiative (GBI), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization & ANSI Accredited Standards Developer, was asked by the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide compliance assessments to the Guiding Principles for over 180 buildings on 11 different campuses (View St. Cloud VA Campus Case Study).
As a well-established provider of Green Globes sustainability assessment and certification services within the Federal Sector, the GBI created a scoring protocol and assessment methodology to assess and rate compliance to the Guiding Principles.
Per Executive Order 13514 for existing buildings, GBI's Guiding Principles Compliance Assessment Program is designed to meet the needs of Federal Government Agencies that own, lease, and operate buildings. Setting a standard for accuracy, consistency, and credibility, GBI's program utilizes a third-party assessment process that minimizes the amount of time and effort required from agency personnel in progressing towards compliance with the Guiding Principles.
Buildings are assessed in accordance with the GBI Guiding Principles Compliance Assessment & Certification Methodology, which quantifies compliance using a 100-point scale. A GBI appointed third-party assessor verifies compliance based on a site visit and detailed documentation review, before awarding the finalized Compliance Score and Rating.
There are three central elements to the Guiding Principles Compliance Rating System (click the SHOW/HIDE button for more details):
Buildings must attain a minimum score of 40% to be certified, and those scoring below 40% are ineligible for certification. In order to acknowledge the efforts of agency staff for projects scoring below 40%, GBI will issue a certificate of completion that designates the building as "Assessed" for the Guiding Principles.
All Guiding Principles certified buildings (scoring a minimum of 40%) receive a certificate of achievement. In addition, they may display an all-weather plaque (if purchased) with the corresponding rating logo depicting their accomplishment (see below).
The Guiding Principles Compliance Assessment Program follows a straightforward process that involves the GBI, agency personnel, and a third-party assessor. The process focuses on gathering the building documentation necessary for verification of compliance and providing it to a third-party assessor for review during an on-site assessment.
The entire assessment process generally can be completed in 8-12 weeks and follows the basic steps below:
For full details on your role and responsibilities during a Guiding Principles Compliance Assessment, please review our detailed Assessment User Instructions.
Contact Customer Service: 1.877.424.4241 | email@example.com