"The GBI provides a technically rigorous, flexible, and cost-effective alternative for green building certification," stated Ray Tonjes, Chairman of GBI and president of Ray Tonjes Builder from Austin, Texas. "It is gratifying to see recognition by the federal government accompany the increasing use of Green Globes by commercial building designers, owners, and managers in the private sector. This validates our work in providing a transparent and consensus-driven rating system to the market."
GBI's tools have a significant focus on both the reduction and efficient use of energy and water in buildings. These, along with other criteria, help reduce building operating costs and their overall impact on the environment. "Since 2005, the Green Globes product line has evolved to include several updated and expanded tools," stated Erin Shaffer, vice president of federal outreach at GBI.
The GBI product line includes:
Green Globes for New Construction
Green Globes for Continual Improvement of Existing Buildings
Green Globes for Health Care
Guiding Principles Compliance Certification (for federal agencies)
Shaffer added, "Our customer service team and onsite third-party assessments with highly qualified, well vetted assessors are key differentiators for those in the market seeking a smarter way to assess and certify green buildings."