The latest version of Green Globes for New Construction focuses on novel ways to measure energy performance, but details are hard to come by.
This Veterans Administration hospital in Portland, Oregon, achieved three Green Globes out of a possible four. Photo: GBIThere seems to be a lot to like about the new Green Globes for New Construction, which was apparently launched earlier this week.
I say “seems to” and “apparently” because, despite repeated requests, I have not been allowed to view the rating system myself or to interview anyone involved in its creation.
As you read the summary below, be aware that the Green Building Initiative (GBI) has not released any public-comment drafts or the final rating system to the public—opting instead to release only media alerts and a document it is calling a “white paper” (PDF—more on this document below).
Fancy schmancy ANSI
The most significant change to this version of Green Globes appears to be that it’s based on GBI/ANSI 01–2010—a green building standard developed through the ANSI consensus process.
GBI has been touting its “true consensus process” for years to compare Green Globes favorably with LEED. If you’ve been paying attention to the political wrangling around LEED and Green Globes over the past couple of years, you may be surprised to hear that Green Globes isn’t already an ANSI standard, but until now the ANSI standard developed by GBI and the Green Globes tool itself have been two different animals.