DOE Issues Green Building Certification, Design Rules

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Green Building Certification Systems For Federal Buildings

Department of Energy final rule requiring verified energy and water performance for new and retrofitted federal buildings that are certified by private sector green building certification systems such as LEED or Green Globes.


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UNC-Charlotte Earns First 2013 Green Globes For New Construction

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GBI Launches Green Globes For Sustainable Interiors

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Groups Start Campaign Against Green Globes

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Study Says Green Globes Faster, Cheaper Than LEED

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Green Globes Awarded To American Forest Foundation

The Green Building Initiative (GBI) has awarded its second-highest rating of three Green Globes to the new Washington, DC headquarters of the American Forest Foundation (AFF) for its environmentally-focused design and construction. The 11,000-square-foot space makes considerable use of wood certified through the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), one of four North American forest certification standards supported by Green Globes.

LEED Really Does Save Energy, Report Finds

One of the biggest charges that critics have historically levied at LEED is that certification is no guarantee of energy efficiency. The US Green Building Council must be hoping that its latest research – along with recent changes to the standard – will help to bury that claim. Impacts and Innovation (available to USGBC members only) Read More »

Aquarium Of The Pacific Wins Three Green Globes

The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, Calif., has received three Green Globes (out of four) for its recently renovated retail store. The addition uses drought tolerant plants and its sprinklers have efficiency controls.

Green Globes Updates Canadian Standard

ECD Energy and Environment Canada has released a new version of Green Globes for New Construction Canada, based largely on a Canadian adaptation of ANSI/GBI 01-2010 – Green Building Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings. Green Globes calls this the most significant upgrade to the Canadian standard since its launch in 2004.

Siemens Division Receives Four Green Globes

The Building Technologies Division of Siemens Industry has received four Green Globes, the highest possible award, for an office, training and warehouse building in Plymouth, Mich. Features include outside airflow measurement stations on all air handlers, and an interactive sustainability data kiosk in the main lobby.

Green Globes Making Strides

The GSA’s decision to recommend the Green Globes building standard as an alternative to LEED, for federal buildings outside the GSA portfolio, represents another milestone for the upstart certification. An agency spokesman told Environmental Leader that when the GSA started recommending green building certifications in 2006, there wasn’t a lot of choice in the marketplace. That was, Read More »

Green Globes: Gunning For LEED

For many sustainability professionals, “green building certification” equals “LEED.” Green Globes wants to change that. The online assessment and rating tool has undergone several transformations in its lifetime, starting as the BREEAM Canada for Existing Buildings standard and moving to something more like its current form in 2000. Green Globes now offers assessment tools for new Read More »

Hotel’s Sustainable Efforts Recertified

The Palace Downtown in Dubai, UAE, has earned re-certification to the Green Globe travel and tourism industries standard. The hotel has also undertaken sustainable initiatives in line with the UAE’s Green Economy for Sustainable Development program. Farnek Avireal conducted the audit, Green Globe said.

Anantara Golden Triangle Resort Recertified By Green Globe

The Anantara Golden Triangle Resort & Spa in Chiang Rai, Thailand has earned its re-certification to the Green Globe travel and tourism standard. The resort has initiated programs to reduce all waste, consumable and non-consumable; eliminate all possible packaging; and contract with preference to local suppliers offering recyclable products, Green Globe said.

GSA Reviewing Third-Party Green Building Certification

The General Services Administration is seeking additional input from the public for the next 60 days regarding the federal government’s use of third-party green building certification systems. GSA aims to determine how the federal government can best use certification systems to measure the design and performance of its construction and major modernization projects. The review Read More »

Mövenpick Resort Bangtao Beach Earns Green Globe

Mövenpick Resort Bangtao Beach in Phuket, Thailand, has received Green Globe certification. The luxury hotel property has installed a high-efficiency air conditioning system, uses water from its own treatment plant, and its purchasing policy favors suppliers based on their environmental and social practices. Sustainability consultancy Farnek Avireal conducted the audit, Green Globe said.

Internap Network Services Data Center Certified

Internap Network Services, a provider of IT Infrastructure services, said that its newly-opened Los Angeles data center has received the GBI Green Globes certification. Also, its Santa Clara data center has earned EPA Energy Star certification. The Los Angeles data center achieved a nearly 50 percent reduction in energy use for the entire facility compared Read More »

Mövenpick Hotel Deira Recertified By Green Globe

The Mövenpick Hotel Deira in Dubai, UAE, has recertified its Green Globe status. The luxury hotel reached 90 percent of Green Globe certification criteria. In addition to the areas of energy saving, grey water recycling and landfill waste reduction, the property implemented a purchasing policy that favors environmentally-friendly products, where available, Green Globe said.