GBI press room: Announcements

April 22, 2015

GBI Celebrates Earth Day 2015

When it comes to defining green buildings, most of our community likely thinks first of energy efficiency. But on this Earth Day, with water shortages across our country, GBI is bringing to light what many may not completely understand. The fact is, water and energy systems are "interdependent." According to the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) 2014 report, The Water-Energy Nexus: Challenges and Opportunities,1 water is used throughout each phase of producing energy and...

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March 20, 2015

GBI Announces New Executive Director, Leadership Transition

The Green Building Initiative (GBI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Vicki Worden, a long-time consultant to GBI and an accomplished leader in the sustainability and non-profit sectors, as its new Executive Director. Worden was part of the original launch team that brought Green Globes® to the United States and served as Vice President of Commercial Programs for the organization from 2005 to 2010. In that role, Worden became a national spokesperson and champion for green...

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March 17, 2015

Green Building Initiative Announces New Member

The Green Building Initiative (GBI) announced its newest corporate member, Duro-Last® Roofing, Inc. the largest U.S. manufacturer of prefabricated roofing systems.

"Duro-Last is a significant US manufacturer of high-quality roofing products and a true American entrepreneurial success story. GBI is on the move, and we're pleased to have Duro-Last as a corporate member to contribute to our rapid growth” said GBI Director of Marketing Shaina Weinstein.

One of Duro-Last’s most...

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January 26, 2015

GBI Recognizes ASHRAE for Their Four Green Globes Achievement

Green Building Initiative (GBI),a nonprofit organization committed to accelerating the adoption of sustainable building practices and providers of the Green Globes® rating system, congratulates ASHRAE on achieving the highest rating, of four Green Globes, on their international headquarters.

Jerry Yudelson, Green Building Initiatives president, presented the rating system certificate to ASHRAE President Tom Phoenix during ASHRAE’s 2015 Winter Conference held this week in Chicago,...

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November 19, 2014

GBI Teams with STEP Foundation to Promote Building Sustainability

The STEP Foundation (STEP), a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing technology industry benchmarks for sustainability practices in the built environment, and the Green Building Initiative (GBI),a nonprofit organization committed to accelerating the adoption of sustainable building practices, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding.

STEP and GBI, the organization behind the Green Globes building certification program, will work together to accelerate the adoption of green...

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November 5, 2014

UN Climate Change Report Strengthens Case for Green Building

The just-released Fifth Assessment Report of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) makes it clear that urgent actions are needed to slow the pace of global warming.

Jerry Yudelson, president of the Green Building Initiative says, “We know that buildings are responsible for more than 40% of US carbon emissions and more than 30% of total global emissions. Promoting green building and sustainable operations are essential steps in reducing and eventually eliminating...

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October 25, 2014

Market Study Shows 250% Growth in Alternative Rating Systems

The Green Building Initiative notes the key findings of the just released biennial Green Building Market Barometer by Turner Construction. Turner's 2014 Green Building Market Barometer shows that interest in Green Globes and other alternative building rating systems is up 250% in two years.

According to the study of more than 300 executives of market participants, “Respondents … expressed a significantly increased interest in alternative rating systems such as Green Globes,...

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October 20, 2014

GBI Announces New Appointments to Board

On the heels of its 10 year anniversary, The Green Building Initiative (GBI) announced two appointments to its Board of Directors that will continue to move the organization toward more engagement with national energy and environmental policy issues: Kateri Callahan, President of the Alliance to Save Energy, Washington D.C., and Richard Mitchell, President and Managing Principal at Mackenzie, an integrated design firm headquartered in Portland, Oregon.

Kateri Callahan, President,...

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October 16, 2014

GBI Celebrates a Decade of Growth and Influence

The Green Building Initiative (GBI) celebrates 10 years of promoting green building during October, 2014. GBI is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to accelerate the adoption of building practices that result in energy-efficient, healthier and environmentally sustainable buildings by promoting credible and practical green building approaches for commercial construction.

At its founding, GBI was heavily focused on residential green building and assisted many local Homebuilder...

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October 13, 2014

GBI Hails New US Department of Energy Rule

The Green Building Initiative (GBI) hailed a new US Department of Energy ruling. On October 10, 2014, the US Department of Energy issued a final rule, required under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, stating that if new Federal buildings and major renovations decide to pursue a green building certification, the level of two Green Globes is recommended.

In addition, DOE’s rule provides that rating systems used by the federal government must, among other criteria:

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