Green Globes: A Practical Alternative to LEED

Green Globes© is the first web-enabled, fully interactive green building assessment and certification program. It includes an on-site visit by a third-party assessor and comprehensive customer support.  A business-friendly and affordable alternative to LEED, Green Globes provides a more effective way to advance the overall environmental performance and sustainability of commercial buildings.

Program FeaturesGreen GlobesLEED
Uses ANSI Approved Consensus Development Process
Nationally Accepted ProgramYesYes
Program DeliveryOnline, interactive surveyOnline submission forms
1-on-1 Customer SupportYesNo
New Construction AssessmentYesYes
Existing Building AssessmentYesYes
Total Program Points1,000110
Minimum Points Required for Certification
Weighted Criteria & Partial Credit (Click for more details)YesLimited
Program Prerequisites (Click for more details)NoYes
Flexibility for Non-Applicable Criteria (Click for more details)YesNo
Energy Performance (New Construction)Benchmarks against actual
regional performance data
Benchmarks against
hypothetical building model
Incorporates Life Cycle AssessmentYesNo
Forest Certifications Accepted41
Future Sustainability Recommendations ReportYesNo
Certification ProcessPreliminary online evaluation
followed by third-party on-site
Complete & submit assessment
form, wait months for results
Certifications Rating SystemFour Green Globes
Three Green Globes
Two Green Globes
One Green Globes
LEED Platinum
LEED Silver
Certified LEED
Certified Personnel Training ProgramYesYes
Cost to Certify a Typical Building >100,000 SF$$$$

Green Globes is used to certify a wide variety of building types including many that could not be certified through LEED. Examples include recreational centers, transit centers, and parking garages, to name a few. It is increasingly becoming the system of choice for building owners, managers, architects and engineers who want an alternative that offers the quickest and most understandable way to achieve superior building performance.

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