The Green Building Initiative’s (GBI) 32-member consensus body today released for public comment a revision to GBI’s American National Standard, known as ANSI/GBI 01-2010: Green Building Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings.

Work on the revision began in 2014 and has included input to date from nearly 100 professionals in the green building community through more than 50 public meetings and calls conducted as part of GBI’s ANSI approved procedures. The procedures dictate requirements for openness, balance, consensus and due process.
"We’d like to thank the many volunteers that have contributed time and expertise to date,” said Wayne Trusty, chair of the GBI consensus body. “The next stage of public comment review is critical to help ensure the Standard will help owners and design teams set appropriate goals and meet the expectations that we collectively have for the sustainable attributes and ultimate performance of their buildings.”
According to GBI’s published schedule for maintenance, this is one of at least two public comment periods under ANSI’s periodic maintenance requirements. GBI plans to maintain the Standard under continuous maintenance to allow for annual or biannual updates.
“The public comment periods help GBI advance its mission to increase adoption of green building practices,” said Vicki Worden, GBI’s executive director. “Discussion and debate in the green building community improves the Standard and helps the community as a whole consider new avenues for achieving and assessing high performance and green building.”
The ANSI GBI 01-2010 Standard forms the basis for the current version of Green Globes for New Construction (Green Globes NC), which was released in 2013 and is delivered through an interactive online platform that breaks down the criteria into questionnaires and allows users to access reference materials and ToolTips through hyperlinks. The current Green Globes NC was also updated to include criteria from the Federal government’s Guiding Principles requirements. Additionally, updates were made to respond to customer feedback and incorporate changes that occurred in the market between 2010 and 2013.
The revised standard, designated BSR/GBI 01-201X according to ANSI protocol, is now available on GBI’s website along with a public comment form. The official public comment period runs through Monday, Oct. 26.
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