By Janet H. Thomas
There are multiple assessment systems to engage and assist the Design Community, Developers and Business owners in creating and maintaining sustainable environments. The Green Building Initiative (GBI) worked with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) to bring an internet based assessment tool developed by Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) to the US. Green Globes focuses on commercial and governmental construction projects with an emphasis on building type, use and occupant type.
Green Globes categorizes project types under 4 categories: new construction, core and shell, existing buildings and sustainable interiors. Each project begins with the assignment of a certified Green Globes assessor that follows the project from start to post-occupancy. The assessment tool looks at 6 performance indicators:
- Project management
- Energy efficiency
- Materials and resources
- Emissions and other Impacts
- Indoor environment
For sustainable interiors the project must be greater than 400 square feet but does not need to be a full-floor plate. It covers tenant improvements, fit-outs and remodels along with new construction. Existing interiors projects must be in a commercial building and must have been occupied less than 18 months to qualify.
The program is built on an ANSI standards platform which meets the highest level of government standards. GBI is working to include existing healthcare facilities in its program. To earn more about this certification process please visit Green Globes Certification.
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