About the Green Building Initiative
Green Building Initiative (GBI) is a nonprofit organization and American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Accredited Standards Developer dedicated to reducing climate impacts by improving the built environment. Founded in 2004, the organization is the global provider of the Green Globes and federal Guiding Principles Compliance certification and assessment programs.
GBI is governed by a multi-stakeholder board of directors featuring practitioners and end users of its tools and services, product and service providers, and subject matter experts. Board members are elected by GBI's organizational members at the annual membership meeting, and each board member has one vote.
To maintain transparency, our rating system goes through a public, collaborative, consensus-based process guided by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
A Brief History of GBI and Green Globes
In 2004, GBI saw the opportunity to adapt Green Globes, a Canadian web-based tool with BREEAM Canada origins, to the needs of U.S. commercial buildings. At the end of that year, GBI brought the Green Globes environmental assessment and rating tool into the U.S. market.
In 2005, GBI became the first commercial building organization to become an ANSI Accredited Standards Developer. GBI used the ANSI process, recognized for being open, balanced, and consensus-based, to create ANSI/GBI 01-2010: Green Building Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings. The revised version, ANSI/GBI -01-2019, American National Standard status in June 2019 and was renamed Green Globes Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings.
Now, in 2021, GBI has begun its newest standards development process, taking Green Globes for Existing Buildings through this rigorous technical review.