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What is the Green Building Initiative?

May 13, 2024


Reducing the environmental impact of our built environment is imperative to ensuring a livable, healthy, and fulfilling future. Over the last several decades many organizations have committed themselves to this goal, with the Green Building Initiative being one of the more prominent in North America.

In this article we’ll explore the Green Building Initiative’s mission, guiding principles, and take an in-depth look at the Green Globes green building rating system they administer.

What is the Green Building Initiative?

Established in 2004 and headquartered in Portland, the Green Building Initiative (GBI) is an international 501(c)3 nonprofit and American National Standards Institute (ANSI)–approved standards developing organization whose mission is “to improve the built environment’s impact on climate and society” by promoting credible, practical green building approaches that make for healthier and more environmentally-conscious buildings.

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