Green Globes and Sustainable Green Building Design

By shakir_williams on 08/31/2017

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GBI, or the Green Building Initiative, started the Green Globes Rating System. It began around the same time that LEED version 4.0 was revealed; another system to rate the energy-efficiency and operations of a building project.

What is the history of Green Globes vs. LEED? 

Green Globes


1996 BREAM, or British Establishment Environmental Assessment Method, was adopted for Canadian use. 
2002 The Canadian system made many changes before becoming Green Globes for Existing Buildings.

GBI, also known as the Green Building Iniative, was given the rights to distribute Green Globes in the United States. 

2013 The GSA recommended Green Globes as an alternative to LEED certification.



1993 USGBC began.
1998 USGBC started their first project test run with the original version of the Green building rating system, later named LEED. 

LEadership in Energy and Environmental Design was established, and they continued to improve their rating system.

2009 LEED version 3.0 was established, modifying the previoys rating system. 
2013 By November, LEED version 4.0 was unveiled. The new rating system was established to refine some of the older versions of the system. 


What is the difference between GBI and USGBC?

There is very little difference between the two organizations. They are both focused on building energy-efficient communities and bettering quality of life. They even have very similar mission statements. 

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GBI—Green Globes: “To promote energy-efficient and environmentally friendly building solutions within the residential and commercial building industry. 

U.S Green Building Council

USGBC—LEED: “To transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built, and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life.”

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