This past year JL Architects was asked to participate in the Green Globes Applied review of the second draft of the revised ANSI Standard. This peer review will serve as integral feedback for the next version of Green Globes for New Construction. Green Globes is a nationally recognized green building certification program that serves as a cost effective alternative to LEED for new construction, existing buildings, and sustainable interiors. As a Green Globes professional, I strive to be a guiding part of your development and facilities team to produce best practices when it comes to sustainable design, construction methods, and efficient, energy savings operations.
The Green Building Initiative (GBI) was the first green building organization to publish an ANSI approved standard for assessing commercial green building certification. The initial 2005 standards development process resulted in the ANSI/GBI 01-2010: Green Building Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings. The current ANSI Periodic Maintenance process produced a 2016 standard that will soon be available for industry use.
ANSI is a U.S.-based organization that has served as administrator and coordinator of the U.S. private sector voluntary standardization system for more than 90 years. ANSI accreditation signifies that the procedures used by the GBI meet the Institute’s requirements for openness, balance, consensus and due process.
Building owners, architects, design teams, developers, contractors and various levels of government can apply this Standard to a broad range of commercial building types – such as office, multi-family, health care, schools, universities, labs, industrial and retail. ANSI/GBI includes prescribed levels of achievement that government agencies, or other entities wishing to establish specific criteria may consider when creating their own specific standards.
It does not apply to single-family homes, two-family homes or townhouses that are three stories or less in height, as such structures are covered in the ANSI/ICC 700-2008 developed by the National Association of Home Builders (www.nahb.com) and the International Codes Council.
Flexibility is built into this Standard allowing users to consider the whole building life cycle, regional climatic issues, and local laws and ordinances. Users are encouraged to strive for the highest number of assessed points possible for the building type, in keeping with the owners’ goals and objectives and while considering the potential for future uses of the building and /or deconstruction approaches.
ANSI/GBI 01-2010, Green Building Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings, April 1, 2010
JL Architects has been involved in sustainable design for a variety of construction projects including hospitality, higher-ed, K-12 schools, retail bulk, food & beverage, commercial settings & healthcare. Give us a call to talk about your sustainability goals.
Barbara A.W. Clarke, AIA
Green Globes Professional, Green Globes Assessor, LEED AP BD+C
Director of Sustainability