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'Green' Rating System Advances Toward Becoming ANSI Standard


The Green Globes environmental assessment and rating system took another step toward acceptance as an ANSI standard with the recent publication of the commercial building portion of the system as a Draft Standard for Trial Use (DSTU).

"By releasing Green Globes as a draft standard we encourage users and other interested parties to provide comments," said Ward Hubbell, executive director of The Green Globes Initiative (GBI) which is developing the system. Comments on the draft standard will be accepted through December 31, 2007. Comments will be submitted to the development committee and its subcommittees. After comments are incorporated, the standard will then go through an additional public review period before being submitted to ANSI for final approval.

The Green Globes system is similar to the LEED® (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in that it is intended to promote the use of green building principles and methods. It consists of a rating system, green management tool, an assessment protocol and guide for integrating environmentally friendly design into commercial buildings. Once complete, it also facilitates recognition of the project through third-party verification.

The DSTU can be downloaded from the GBI website, here. Hard copies are also available from:

The Green Building Initiative
800 478-0399
riaham@terrrachoice.com