GBI Seeks Input on Green Standard


The non-profit developer of the Green Globes rating system is inviting the public to comment on its latest draft green building standard.

The Green Building Initiative has released a revision to its American National Standard, known as ANSI/GBI 01-2010: Green Building Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings. The current version of the standard was published in 2010.

Work on the updates began in 2014 and has included input from nearly 100 subject matter experts in the green building community through more than 50 public meetings and calls conducted as part of GBI’s American National Standard Institute (ANSI) approved procedures, according to the group.

The revised standard, designated as BSR/GBI 01-201X, is available on GBI’s website along with a public comment form at

The comment period will remain open through Oct. 26.

The group says the standard will provide compliance requirements for the next version of Green Globes for New Construction expected to be released in 2016.

Many Updates

“The public comment periods help GBI advance its mission to increase adoption of green building practices,” said GBI Executive Director Vicki Worden.


The "2nd & Taylor" Building in Portland, OR, earned two Green Globes for New Construction in April 2015, according to GBI.

“Discussion and debate in the green building community improves the Standard and helps the community as a whole consider new avenues for achieving and assessing high performance and green building.”

The draft reflects so many modifications that ANSI advised against releasing a redline version to avoid confusion, Worden told

The updated version introduces a risk-assessment framework for product ingredients in its materials section as well as a new section on VOC testing of indoor air quality prior to building occupancy, according to the report.


Tagged categories: Certifications and standards; Construction; Design; Good Technical Practice; Green building; Green Building Initiative; Green design; Green Globes; North America

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