Get Involved – Volunteer with GBI

The Green Building Initiative (GBI) is a multifaceted program that depends on the expertise of many to drive tangible, sustainable change in the built environment. Better Buildings, Together. From participating on our Board of Directors to contributing to subcommittees or supporting our work to inform building codes and standards, we welcome community input, strategies, and action.

Standards Development

GBI became an approved American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Standards Developing Organization (SDO) in 2005. Being an ANSI SDO allows for peer review and public comment, making GBI the first green building organization to publish an ANSI-approved American National Standard for commercial green building certification. Since the release of the first New Construction (NC) standard in 2010, GBI has published revisions to Green Globes for NC in 2019 and 2021 and has begun developing a new standard, Green Globes for Existing Buildings.

Subject Matter Experts Needed

GBI is looking for Subject Matter Experts in the following areas to serve on subcommittees for either the New Construction or Existing Buildings standard:

  • Boilers
  • Building Envelope
  • Codes
  • Energy Management
  • Environmental Management
  • Green Energy
  • Hazard Prevention and Management
  • HVAC
  • Lighting
  • Public Health
  • Purchasing & Procurement
  • Renewable Energy
  • Resilience
  • Retrofits
  • Transportation
  • Waste Management

Volunteer Service Length

The standards development process has busy and slow periods. During busy periods, members could expect 2-4 two-hour meetings a month for each working group they sit on. Busy periods usually occur twice a year and last a few months. Usually, no meetings occur during slow periods. All meetings are currently held virtually via GoToWebinar. Membership usually lasts two years.

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Subcommittees For New Construction

GBI became an approved American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Standards Developing Organization (SDO) in 2005. Being an ANSI SDO allows for peer review and public comment, making GBI the first green building organization to publish an ANSI-approved American National Standard for commercial green building certification. Since the release of the first New Construction (NC) standard in 2010, GBI has published revisions to Green Globes for NC in 2019 and 2021 and has begun developing a new standard, Green Globes for Existing Buildings.

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Subcommittees and Task Groups for Existing Buildings

GBI will make every effort to post dates and times for Subcommittee/Task Group calls. However, this list may not be completely up to date. The best way to find out about updates on dates and times is to join a Subcommittee / Task Group as an Interested Party. To become an Interested Party, email Emily Marx, Secretariat, at marx@thegbi.org and specify in which Subcommittees / Task Groups you are interested. The public is more than welcome to participate. We look forward to your active involvement.

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