The Green Globes system was based on the Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) by the Canadian Standards Association.
It is owned and operated by the Green Building Initiative and used in the United States and Canada. An online, simple-to-use assessment and rating tool, Green Globes is continually expanded and refined by a wide range of international organizations and experts.
Green Globes seeks to assess a building’s environmental and energy performance by creating improvement plans throughout various stages of project delivery, providing certifications and awards for green building design and management, and enhancing awareness towards environmental issues among building stakeholders. It also credentials professionals based on their knowledge of green building practices and technologies.
Green Building Areas
The system, which is meant to be user-friendly even for those with no design experience, contains seven major green building areas with different weightings:
- Project management
- Emissions, effluents, and other impacts
- Indoor environment
A project must achieve a 35% rating based on a 1,000-point rating system. New and existing commercial buildings can be acknowledged with a rating of one to four globes.