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The Green Building Initiative in Portland, Ore., recently attained American National Standards Institute approval to designate the Green Globes Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings as a consensus document.

The Green Building Initiative in Portland, Ore., recently attained American National Standards Institute approval to designate the Green Globes Assessment Protocol for Commercial Buildings as a consensus document. "This represents more than four years of time and effort by dozens of volunteer experts, hundreds of members of the public, and GBI staff members," says University of Florida Professor Dr. Charles Kibert, who served as vice chair of the ANSI/GBI 01-2019 consensus body and is a GBI director. "We are proud of GBI's ongoing commitment to consensus, transparency and due process, and want to thank all those that worked collaboratively to revise and improve Green Globes."

GBI President Vicki Worden attributes the designation to "more than 230 public meetings to deliberate the latest science and research, baselines, and market advancements since the last update. "There's tremendous excitement about contributing leading-edge thought leadership to green building design, construction and operations with this revised standard," she adds, noting that GBI is the only green building organization to deliver its rating system through an ANSI-audited consensus process. The ANSI-GBI 01-2019 standard was registered and approved to continue its revision process through what the Institute calls continuous maintenance, whereby "revisions will happen every two years to keep the standard and rating system in lock step with advances in the market," Worden affirms.

Green Globes references hundreds of other periodically revised consensus documents; using continuous maintenance will ensure the system changes as needed and through an ANSI-approved process. Proposed changes can be submitted any time through forms the Initiative has posted, along with the ANSI-GBI 01-2019 standard, at www.thegbi.org/ansi.

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