Green Building Initiative Invites Public Feedback

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Consensus Body of the Green Building Initiative (GBI), headquartered in Portland, recently called for public comments on a revision to its American National Standards Institute, ANSI/GBI 01-2010: Green Building Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings. GBI — a non-profit organization founded in 2004 to accelerate the adoption of green building practices — began revising the standard in 2014.

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GBI Group to Revise Green Building Standard

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Green Building Initiative (GBI) has put together a group of experts to revise and update a standard for green commercial building.
Developed in 2010 and officially titled “ANSI/GBI 01-2010: Green Building Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings,” the standard helps building project leaders find materials that quality for sustainable credits. The standard was derived from derived from the Green Globes environmental design and assessment rating system for new construction.

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GBI Launches Sustainable Interiors Certification Program

PORTLAND, Ore. — The nonprofit Green Building Initiative (GBI) launched on June 9 a new certification program that focuses on the sustainable design and construction of interior spaces in commercial and institutional buildings.

The new Green Globes for Sustainable Interiors, allows both building owners and individual lessees of commercial spaces to pursue the certification and to focus on designing or improving their interior space to Green Globes standards without having to certify the entire building.

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Green Globes Costs Less Than LEED, Study Says

PHILADELPHIA — A new study from Drexel University has found that the Green Globes green building certification is more cost efficient and more quickly completed than LEED certification.

Entitled “A Study of Comparative Sustainability Costs/Green Rating Systems Cost Comparison Study: LEED and Green Globes”, the study was headed by Jeffrey Beard, an associate professor of construction management at Drexel’s College of Engineering.

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Green Building Initiative Launches Guidelines for Sustainable Federal Buildings

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Green Building Initiative (GBI), based in Portland, Ore., has launched the Guiding Principles Compliance for New Construction (GPCNC) to assess a building’s sustainability. Developed in collaboration with federal government agencies, the guiding principles aim to significantly reduce the amount of time and effort required from federal agency personnel to achieve a green building certification, enabling staff to retain focus on the agency’s mission while concurrently measuring progress towards compliance, according to GBI.

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New GBI Software Can Compare Hundreds of Design Alternatives

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Green Building Initiative has developed a new life cycle assessment tool that it says will make it easier than ever for designers to take into account a proposed building’s potential impact on the environment during its lifespan. The tool can assess embodied energy, solid waste, air and water pollution, and global warming potential.

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