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