Green Globes® for New Construction (NC)

With publication of ANSI/GBI 01-2019: Green Globes® Assessment Protocol for Commercial Building, and subsequent implementation as Green Globes for New Construction 2019, project teams now have a choice between two versions of Green Globes for New Construction and major renovation projects:

  • Green Globes for New Construction 2013
  • Green Globes for New Construction 2019 
Click here to view similarities and differences between Green Globes New Construction 2013 and Green Globes New Construction 2019.

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 questionnaires 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 that is pursuing financial incentive, please visit  Green Globes Multifamily for NC protocol.

Eligibility Requirements

There are no prerequisites to pursue Green Globes certification. Instead, Green Globes criteria are weighted based on environmental impact, ensuring 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

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 for New Construction Resources

For additional resources, including the Green Globes for New Construction Technical Manuals,  click here.

Get Started with Green Globes

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