Green Globes for New Construction (NC)

Customized Guidance to Employ Green Building Best Practices

Green Globes for New Construction (NC) evaluates the environmental sustainability, health and wellness of future tenants, and resilience of new construction and major renovation projects through the latest science, research, and alignments with technical advancements. The user-friendly online questionnaire and integrated Green Globes assessment process enable project teams to:

  • Consider options for environmental improvements during the design and delivery process
  • Evaluate and rate the benefits of different design scenarios
  • Monitor the performance of an individual building or compare performance among portfolio properties

Green Globes NC encourages design, construction, and sustainability professionals to assess opportunities for energy savings, to reduce environmental impacts, and lower future 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 and certification process.

Green Globes for New Construction 2021 is the implementation of a consensus-based ANSI standard (ANSI/GBI 01-2021: Green Globes Assessment Protocol for Design, New Construction, and Major Renovations) that drives innovation in sustainability, promotes a healthy and safe environment for tenants, and encourages life cycle thinking from project conception.


Green Globes for New Construction 2021 Point Allocation

  • Project Management 100 points
  • Site 150 points
  • Energy 260 points
  • Water Efficiency 190 points
  • Materials 150 points
  • Indoor Environment 150 points
        TOTAL: 1000 POINTS  

Eligibility Requirements

Because every project is unique, GBI’s Green Globes doesn’t penalize projects for criteria that don’t apply to the building function, location, or unique requirements. Green Globes offers multiple pathways to achieve credit for several criteria, uses weighted criteria according to environmental impact and allows for tiered and partial credit for criteria.

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

If you have a multifamily project that is pursuing financial incentive, please visit Green Globes Multifamily for NC protocol.

Assessment and Certification Process

The Green Globes for New Construction assessment process is intended to mimic the design and construction schedule to provide a seamless certification.

Green Globes Estimated Work Hours

The hours to complete Green Globes assessments vary based upon the project and level of user experience. The tables below provide average time frames. 

Because the program is part of the design process, the documentation needed is already produced as part of the design and construction of the building, reducing the time required to gather the verification documents. In our experience, it takes 35-40% of the time to go through a Green Globes for New Construction Assessment compared to an equivalent LEED 2009 project. For example, the administrative time to complete an assessment for a 50,000-100,000 ft2 data center is 40-60 hours for Green Globes compared to 130- 160 hours for LEED. With the advent of LEED v4, total administrative hours may well increase.

Green Globes Tasks for NC Estimated Work Hours
Project management and client meetings 6-16
Gather and assemble data for online questionnaires 5-10
Complete online questionnaires 5-14
Prepare documentation for assessor for Design Review 10-20
Prepare documentation for assessor for Onsite Assessment 4-14
Plan and attend the Onsite Assessment 4-12
Post-assessment action items: deliver additional documents, if needed, review report, and share results 4-8
Recognition 1
Total Estimated Hours 39-95

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