About The Green Building Initiative (GBI)
The Green Building Initiative® (GBI) seeks to be innovative and provide responsive customer service as we collectively move the needle toward a sustainable built environment. We recognize that credible and practical green building approaches for commercial and governmental construction are critical in this effort. Responding to the reality that one size does not fit all in sustainable improvements, we sought to create a more tailored approach that takes into account the building’s type, purpose, and occupants.
A 501c3 nonprofit organization, the GBI is dedicated to accelerating the adoption of building practices that result in energy-efficient, healthier and environmentally sustainable buildings.
The GBI is governed by a multi-stakeholder board of directors featuring representatives from industry, NGOs, construction companies, architectural firms, and academic institutions. Each board member has one vote, so no single entity or individual has more sway than any other.
To maintain transparency, our rating system goes through a public, collaborative, consensus-based process guided by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
A Brief History of GBI and Green Globes:
In 2004 GBI saw the opportunity to adopt a Canadian web-based, interactive learning tool developed from BREAM to the needs of U.S. commercial buildings. At the end of that year, GBI brought the Green Globes® environmental assessment and rating tool into the U.S. market.
In 2005 GBI became the first Building Rating Organization to become an ANSI Developer. GBI used the ANSI process, recognized for being open, balanced, and consensus-based, to create ANSI/GBI 01-2010: Green Building Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings out of the Green Globes environmental design and assessment rating system for New Construction.
In 2014 GBI began the process of updating the ANSI/GBI 01-2010 standard to keep the Green Globes New Construction Rating System timely and consensus-based.