Green Globes: A Practical Alternative

Green Globes is a science-based, collaborative, and user-friendly assessment and rating system that provides a three-in-one evaluation of the environmental sustainability, health and wellness, and resilience of an individual building or an entire portfolio. 

Green Globes creates a roadmap for improving building performance and reducing climate impacts through a collaborative process supported by outstanding staff and expert assessors. Green Globes Assessors are highly qualified individuals that interact directly with teams throughout the process, including visiting the property to review progress toward certification, providing feedback on opportunities for improvement, and collaborating with teams to ensure projects meet their sustainability goals.

Program Features Green Globes LEED
Has completed an American National Standard using ANSI-approved consensus process YES NO
Nationally Accepted Program YES YES
Program Delivery Online, interactive questionnaire Online submission of forms
1-on-1 Customer Support YES NO
New Construction Assessment YES YES
Existing Building Assessment YES YES
Core & Shell YES YES
Tenant Fitout YES YES
Total Program Points 1,000 110 plus prerequisites
Minimum Points Required for Certification
YES YES
Weighted Criteria & Partial Credit YES Limited
Program Prerequisites NO YES
Flexibility for Non-Applicable Criteria YES NO
Energy Performance (New Construction) Four pathways for assessing energy performance,
including benchmarking to Energy Star
Benchmarks against
hypothetical building model
Incorporates Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) YES YES
Onsite Building Walk Through with Expert Assessor YES NO
Support from Certifying Agency Green Globes provides an experienced assessor
who is either AIA, PE
or experienced Facility Manager
LEED assigns a non-technical support person
to help the user navigate through the LEED online system
Communication with Certifying Agency Project teams can communicate with GBI's
Chief Engineer  and Project Managers and
third-party Green Globes Assessor
LEED does not allow direct
contact with technical reviewers unless you are
in disagreement during, appeals
which occur after the "final" score is delivered
Sustainability Recommendation with Customized Reports YES NO
Certification Process Preliminary Design assessment followed
by third-party assessor onsite assessment
Complete and submit assessment form,
wait for results
Certification Rating System Four Green Globes
Three Green Globes
Two Green Globes
One Green Globes
LEED Platinum
LEED Gold
LEED Silver
Certified LEED
Certification Personnel Training Program Green Globes Professional (GGP) LEED AP
Time to Complete Certification Green Globes can be completed within 
30 days of building occupancy
Delays have been noted between 6-24 months
with added costs for appeals and interpretations
Cost to Certify a Typical Building > 100,000 sq ft $ $$$
Certification Success Rate The failure rate is negligible because
the Green Globes process is collaborative,
transparent and results driven, by way of 
online evaluations, detailed reports and
third-party assessors
LEED failure rate is high based
on buildings that register and do not achieve certification.

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