Green Globes for New Construction (NC)

Customized Guidance to Employ Green Building Best Practices

The Green Globes® NC tool is a user-friendly web application that helps architects, engineers, construction professionals, owners, and building operators to evaluate, quantify, and improve the environmental friendliness and sustainability of new building projects including core & shell, as well as major renovations. This tool enables project teams to:

  • Focus on sustainability
  • Consider options for environmental improvements during the design and delivery process
  • Evaluate and rate the benefits of different design scenarios

Green Globes NC also educates the user while compiling the environmental assessment. Green Globes NC survey can help you evaluate opportunities to benefit from energy savings, reduced environmental impacts, and lower maintenance costs. Green Globes NC is the only environmental rating system that provides early feedback on your process–before you make critical final decisions. This is a proven method for saving time and money through integrated design and delivery, while benefiting from a cost-effective third-party assessment process. Green Globes NC provides the quickest and most affordable way to assess the environmental sustainability of your new construction or major renovation building projects. If you have a multifamily project, Green Globes Multifamily for New Construction may be a good option.


Green Globes for NC utilizes weighted criteria in its recognized assessment protocol, comprehensively assessing building environmental impacts on a 1,000-point scale in seven categories. Each of these categories has an assigned number of points that quantify overall building performance–including a comprehensive approach to Energy Performance, and a practical and objective method for Life-Cycle Assessment. 

The building must attain a minimum overall score of 35% to be certified.

Environmental Assessment Area Points Description
Project Management 50 Integrated Design Process, Meetings, Performance Goals, Environmental Management, Commissioning
Site 115 Development Area, Ecological Impacts, Stormwater Management, Landscaping, Exterior Light Pollution
Energy 390 Performance, Demand, Metering, Measurement and Verification, Building Opaque Envelope, Lighting, HVAC Systems and Controls, Efficient Equipment, Renewable Energy, Energy-Efficient Transportation
Water 110 Consumption, Cooling Towers, Boilers & Water Heaters, Water-Intensive Applications, Treatment, Alternate Sources, Metering, Irrigation
Materials & Resources 125 Building Assembly, Interior Fit-outs, Re-use, Waste, Building Service Life Plan, Resource Conservation, Building Envelope
Emissions 50 Heating, Ozone-Depleting Potential, Global Warming Potential
Indoor Environment 160 Ventilation, Source Control and Measurement, Lighting Design and Systems, Thermal Comfort, Acoustic Comfort
Total Points 1,000          


Green Globes has no prerequisites. There are only a few eligibility requirements, ensuring that a wide variety of buildings can undergo Green Globes assessment and certification.

Eligible buildings must:

  • Be designed for occupancy
  • Have conditioned space
  • Have been occupied no longer than 18 months at the time assessment is ordered
  • Be at least 400 gross square feet in size
  • Major Renovation projects must involve gutting or replacing more than one of these systems: lighting, mechanical/HVAC, envelope or exceed 25% of the replacement value

Get Started with Green Globes

Provide us with your basic project information by creating an account and receive a quote for Green Globes third-party assessment and certification.

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