GSA Leasing Program Adopts Green Globes


The Green Building Initiative’s Green Globes certification system will be an accepted standard for new construction and interior upgrades to federal leased building spaces, according to the U.S. General Services Administration.

The GSA’s Office of Leasing, which oversees more than half of the federal government’s office space, approved the use of Green Globes certification, adding it to the agency’s Request for Lease Proposals and lease templates as of October.

Green Globes certification was developed by GBI, and involves third-party monitoring of sustainability measures taken during new construction and building renovation. Green Globes certification centers on energy conservation, lowered water consumption, responsible use of materials and efficient use of project team time.

New Construction, Interior Improvements

GSA leasing documentation now includes Green Globes for New Construction (Green Globes NC) certification as a sustainability standard for new construction, and Green Globes for Sustainable Interiors (Green Globes SI) for interior improvements.

According to GBI, the organization has already certified 592 federal buildings through Green Globes or its Guiding Principles Compliance program.

Alternative Certification

The GSA already recognized LEED as a certification for green building for federally owned and leased buildings. In 2013, the GSA recognized Green Globes as an alternative green certification system for new federal construction projects.

“We look forward to showcasing how Green Globes is a cost-effective, accessible, and collaborative green building certification program,” said Jay Thomas, chair of GBI’s Board of Directors.

“GBI’s mission is to accelerate adoption of green building best practices. GSA’s recognition of multiple certification programs will help us to accomplish that mission by opening the market to competition and innovation; it’s good government policy.”


Tagged categories: Building Envelope; General Services Administration; Green building; Green Building Initiative; Green Globes; North America; Office Buildings

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