Green Globes Certification

Rigor Meets Accessibility

GBI’s Green Globes® is a science-based, three-in-one whole building certification system that evaluates the environmental sustainability, health & wellness, and resilience of all types of commercial real estate. Green Globes certification is designed to allow building owners and managers to select which sustainability features best fit their building and occupants. Our personalized approach helps you achieve the most sustainable outcomes based on your building’s type, location, budget, and occupancy needs.

Green Globes-certified buildings meet at least 35% of the 1,000 points that are deemed applicable to the project.

35 – 54%

One Green Globes Certified

55 – 69%

Two Green Globes Certified

70 – 84%

Three Green Globes Certified

85 – 100%

Four Green Globes Certified
2022 Green Globes Project of the Year: Pinnacle XXIV/Crate & Barrel

Updates to GBI’s Minimum Requirements for Green Globes Certification

Effective July 1, 2024

The Green Building Initiative’s (GBI’s) Green Globes assessment and certification system can be applied to all commercial building types, regardless of size, budget, or function. Green Globes incentivizes building owners to strive toward GBI’s vision of sustainable, healthy, and resilient buildings for all. To achieve this vision, Green Globes incorporates a range of rigorous criteria that encourage the use of design, construction, and operational practices that enhance performance, improve occupant wellness, and provide community benefit.

To incentivize innovation and best practices, GBI has updated Green Globes minimum requirements for certification while maintaining its signature accessibility. Projects registering on or after July 1, 2024, must meet these updated minimum requirements.

Registration under Green Globes NC 2013 will conclude on June 30, 2024, after which new buildings and major renovations must register under Green Globes NC 2021.

Certification for All Commercial Real Estate

GBI’s Green Globes Multifamily for New Construction and Existing Buildings Protocols provide certification options that meet the needs of owners and project teams with multifamily projects pursuing financial incentives offered by both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Green Globes Health & Wellness Distinction Logo

Level Up Your Certification

The Green Globes Health & Wellness Distinction allows project teams to assess and amplify exceptional health & wellness achievements through Green Globes certification.

Market Incentives for Certification

Incentives are third-party offerings, tax-related deductions, or abatements that your project may be eligible for, or align with, as a result of achieving Green Globes certification. Pursuit of some incentives may require adding a Green Globes Protocol to your assessment.

Track Your Progress Throughout Certification

The Green Globes transparent and user-friendly online software allows project teams to import, monitor, and compare performance for individual buildings and entire portfolios.

Why Green Globes?

Good for Business & the Planet
Green Globes-certified buildings follow a roadmap to achieve lower energy and water bills, reduced emissions, optimized health and wellness benefits, and minimized waste. Often, sustainable improvements qualify for financial and other incentives, and certification often demonstrates compliance with state and federal requirements. In addition, demonstrating a strong commitment to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) practices helps you attract and retain personnel and tenants, generate favorable publicity, and create value for stakeholders.

Recognition for Innovation & Continuous Improvement
GBI assesses criteria being pursued toward Green Globes certification, ensuring that building owners, facility managers and property developers meet clearly defined, consensus-based criteria. The rigorous, comprehensive process relies on both prescriptive measures and performance metrics to evaluate achieved credit for a variety of sustainability, health and wellness, and resilience practices. Green Globes criteria is built around and incorporated hundreds of other consensus documents from ASHRAE, ICC, and IAPMO just to name a few.

Transparent & Streamlined Process
The Green Globes assessment process is intended to mimic the design and construction schedule for new construction, to facilitate a seamless certification, and to prevent time-consuming and costly project changes. For existing buildings, Green Globes serves as a benchmarking tool to evaluate current performance and guide improvement. Green Globes’ cloud-based software allows various project team members to personally access and upload information. This minimizes your coordination time and shares documentation tasks among a variety of disciplines.

Empowerment through Collaboration & Education
For every Green Globes certification, GBI offers offers the invaluable support of a GBI Project Manager and a dedicated expert Green Globes Assessor (GGA). GGAs interface with project teams and building owners in real-time to create powerful partnerships. Skilled in green building design and operational best practices, engineering, construction and facility operations, assessors review documentation and your online questionnaire, answer questions, and conduct onsite building assessments. They offer personalized and insightful recommendations to enhance sustainable, healthy, and resilient design and practices.

Steps to GBI’s Green Globes Certification

  1. Create a GBI account
  2. Add a project and select a Green Globes program to gain access to the questionnaire in trial mode.
  3. Register the project to gain full access to the questionnaire.
  4. Request a quote and purchase assessment services.
  1. Work with a GBI Project Manager and Green Globes Assessor (GGA) to complete one or more third-party assessments.
  2. Receive a final report containing your Green Globes rating and recommendations for improvement and a GBI issued certificate.
  3. Amplify your achievement!


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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